Two Blue Jay Student-Athletes Make Summer Commitments to College Teams
Following sixteen of their peers who made college commitments in May, an additional two student-athletes from Jesuit High School of New Orleans made summer commitments to continue their athletic careers in college.
Giovanni Licciardi (Baseball) – University of Louisiana Monroe (Monroe, LA)
Jesuit’s head baseball coach, Kenneth Goodlett, had this to say about Licciardi:
We are excited for Giovanni and his commitment to the University of Louisiana–Monroe. Giovanni
started two years on our varsity team as an infielder. He played a key role on our path to a state
championship and more recently our Legion state championship. His agility and range, along with
his competitive spirit, are skills that will translate well at the next level.
Jack Wallace (Cross Country) – Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
Jesuit’s head cross country coach, Rudy Horvath, had this to say about Wallace:
During his senior year is when Jack really shined. He finished District runner-up to fellow teammate
Jack DesRoches. Jack also finished 6th at the 5A State race with a great finish, beating his cross-town
rival from Brother Martin and his Baton Rouge rival from Catholic by just tenths of a second. For
his state race, Jack received All-State Composite team recognition and finished the season with a
15:44 3-mile PR time.
Jack had a fantastic year in track, too, where he ran 3,200 meters in 9:30, the 1,600 in 4:23 and
running an open 800 in 1:58.
Jack was our team leader. He led all the training runs and all the races throughout the season. Jack’s
teammates keyed off of him in races because we felt strongly that Jack had the poise and the tact to
go out at the correct paces in the beginning of races. That sounds easy, but when runners are amped
up at the starting line of a cross country race, emotions sometimes get the best of them and big
mistakes can be made. We had the utmost confidence in Jack as the team’s leader.