Purcellville, VA (August 19, 2015) – Woodgrove senior lineman Jake Wernle has committed to play football for Bryant University beginning the 2016-2017 academic school year.
After committing immediately after football practice on Tuesday, August 18th, Wernle shared, “I was both relieved and confident when I made my decision. I was on the radar of many other quality division 1 and 1AA schools, but Bryant was the first to make an offer this past April, and was one of my favorites from the start.”
Perfectly situated in the center of New England, Bryant University has earned a distinguished reputation for preparing students with the knowledge, skills and qualities of character to succeed in an interconnected world of unlimited global opportunity. Bryant is ranked 14th in the Regional Universities (North) category, and as a result of innovations in academics, faculty and student life, is ranked second on a list of “up-and-coming” universities, both by U.S. News & World report. Nearly 50% of its students study abroad, 100% of its classes are taught by professors as opposed to teaching assistants, 100% of its students complete both a major and minor, and 98.6% of the class of 2014 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
“Academics were the top priority in my decision, said Wernle. Bryant has a great program for what I would like to study in college. My second priority was coaches. I got along well with the coaches from the very start. I really appreciated how honest they were from the beginning to the end of the process. Third was the quality of the team. Bryant plays a very competitive D1AA schedule, and almost always finishes with a winning record.”
Wernle’s head football coach will be Marty Fine. Fine begins his 12th season at the helm of the Bulldog football team. In 11 years, Fine has posted seven winning seasons and an overall 70-49 record. The football program enjoyed its best season under Fine at the Division I level in 2014 when he guided the Bulldogs to a program record-tying eight wins (8-3) and its first and highest national ranking (25th and 21st) at the Division I level. That same year, he was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the top coach in the Football Championship Subdivision.
With the immediate goal of eclipsing the team and individual success with last season’s Woodgrove football program, Wernle, the 2014 VHSL 4A All-State and All-Loudoun Football Team selection expects to make an immediate impact at the collegiate level.
“My fondest high school football memories are definitely hanging out with all the guys I’ve been playing football with for the past 4+ years, both after games and practices. You build some pretty good friendships through it.”
“I am thankful that God has put me in a situation to succeed. I am very thankful for my parents for taking me on all of the recruiting trips and other things like that. I am also thankful for my high school coaches for not letting me be mediocre and demanding me to be the best I can be.”
Asked what advice he’s share with anyone pursuing their dreams, Wernle replied, “Be realistic with your goals, but in the end it is all up to you whether you achieve them or not.”
Please join us in wishing Jake Wernle the very best in his success on the gridiron, and in his pursuit of an Applied Analytics degree at Bryant University.
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