NLI Signing December 2020

Jovan Marsh and Family at December 2020 NLI SigningJovan Marsh and Family at December 2020 NLI Signing 

Two Marist seniors participated in a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at the school on December 16, 2020 indicating their plans to continue their athletic career at the collegiate level. While these students have excelled in athletics, they have also attained success in the classroom and demonstrated excellent character.

Patrick Coogan (top left) will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Notre Dame. Come spring, he will be a three-year varsity starter on the offensive line for the RedHawks. As a sophomore, Coogan started 13 games and helped pave the way to an 11-2 overall record for a team that made it to the state semifinal. Between his sophomore and junior seasons, he had an incredible growth spurt that resulted in him gaining 45 pounds while maintaining his incredible athleticism and agility, making him one of the best offensive linemen in the state. During his junior season, Coogan started 13 games and once again helped lead his team to the state semifinals.  He was recognized as an ESCC/Chicago Catholic League all-conference player, was voted to the Southtown all-area team, and was named honorable mention all-state offensive lineman by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association at the end of his junior season. He has a truly remarkable combination of athleticism, explosiveness, agility, and strength that is incredibly rare for a high school offensive lineman.  While his physical gifts are impressive, the thing that makes him truly special is his love to compete once he steps between the white lines.  He is a quiet, considerate young man off the field, but is a fierce competitor who plays with a nasty streak once he steps onto the football field. Heading into his senior season, Coogan is recognized as one of the top football players in the state of Illinois.

Jovan Marsh (top right) committed to the University of Wyoming. He played meaningful minutes as a slot receiver/running back as a sophomore on the 2018 state semifinal team, playing in six games for the RedHawks. During his sophomore season, Marsh finished with 26 carries for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He also had 4 receptions for 53 yards. As a junior, he showed off his versatility and ability to impact games on offense, defense, and special teams.  He began the year playing slot receiver, but transitioned to the defensive side of the ball midway through the season.  All season long, he was key in the return game, as he returned both kickoffs and punts. Playing slot receiver for the first three games, Marsh did not get a lot of opportunities to touch the ball, but made the most of those opportunities, averaging 11 yards each time he touched the ball on offense.  After week three, the coaching staff decided that Marsh could make a bigger impact on the team by switching over to defense. In the first quarter of his first game as a defensive back, Marsh showed his playmaking ability by intercepting a pass and returning it 45 yards for a touchdown. During his short stint on offense his junior season, Marsh finished with 1 carry for 12 yards and 2 receptions for 21 yards.  After making the switch to defense, he accumulated 40 total tackles with 21 solo tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 5 pass breakups, 1 caused fumble, and 1 interception.  As a returner, he averaged just over 20 yards on his 4 kickoff returns, and averaged 17 yards on his 3 punt returns. He is an incredibly gifted athlete who is one of the fastest students to ever walk the halls at Marist.  He is a tremendous sprinter for the Marist track team.  His explosiveness as an athlete will be one of the things to look out for in the upcoming football season.

Fifteen classmates signed their letters in November and more commitments are expected as the school year continues. Marist is a member of the competitive East Suburban Catholic Conference and its athletes and teams regularly garner success at the local and state levels.