By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 4, 2014) – Dominion High School senior Mike Christ has committed to continue his football career at NCAA Division I Monmouth University beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“It’s a great place with a nice campus,” said the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Christ. “The team was very nice and the coaches stay on top of the academics to make sure the team average GPA is a 3.0 or higher.”
The Christ-family has experience with attending highly-regarded academic colleges while playing football as Christ’s father, Mike, played at the Naval Academy and his uncle, Tim, played at Rutgers before being picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent in 1992.
“I love the game: my whole family plays. I have three brothers who all play,” said Christ who was born in Virginia Beach. “I stay motivated by my family; they constantly push my brothers and me.”
Christ will continue to get pushed as he moves further along in his football-playing days next fall with the Division I-AA Hawks.
In 2013, the Hawks finished 6-6 while competing as an FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) independent school. When Christ travels to West Long Branch, New Jersey this fall to join Monmouth, the Hawks will have finished their move into the Big South Conference.
“I hope to start as long snapper as a freshman and hope to contribute in the defensive lineman rotation by my sophomore year,” Christ said.
By his junior year at Dominion High School, Christ was the team co-captain – with St. Francis commit Evan Ferguson – playing on both the offensive and defensive lines. During his senior the Titans accumulated a 7-5 record – the best record in school history – and won the school’s first ever playoff game after beating King George High School in the opening round of the VHSL 4A state playoffs.
“It was awesome, and I loved it. The playoff run this year made the whole school a better place from the administration to the students,” Christ said. “Coach Karl ‘Buck’ Buckwalter is a great coach, and I’m going to miss him and the whole environment.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!