Four Marist seniors participated in a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at the school on February 3, 2021, 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.
DeAndre Archer will continue his career at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. As a junior, Archer started 11 games on the defensive line during for the state semifinalist team. A rangy player with a high motor, he excelled against the run and used his speed to make tackles sideline to sideline. Archer amassed nine solo tackles and 20 assisted tackles for a total of 29 tackles on the year. His coaches say he is a player who just scratched the surface of his potential last year, and will be looked to as a leader on the defensive side of the ball who will be able to stuff the run and put consistent pressure on the quarterback this spring. Archer is an honor roll student at Marist.
Santonien Flowers will attend and play for the University of Indianapolis. Flowers is an incredibly athletic and physical player who made plays all over the field during his 13 starts as outside linebacker during his junior season for state semifinalist team. He accumulated 54 assists and 43 solo tackles for 97 total tackles, two sacks, and 10 tackles for loss. Flowers had one interception in a huge win for Marist at Loyola Academy in week nine to help secure a playoff berth. He caused two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries during the season. He is an intensely driven player who provides a tremendous example for his teammates during workouts, in practice, and in games. Flowers is an honor roll student at Marist.
Seamus Kelly will continue this academic and athletic career at the University of Chicago. As a junior, he played in six games at defensive end for the state semifinalist team. He tallied seven total tackles with three solo tackles on the season, and finished with three sacks on the season. Kelly is a superb athlete who also competes for the Marist lacrosse team. An excellent student, he carries a 5.46 grade point average on a 5.00-point scale and is on the dean’s list. Kelly will be counted on to contribute on both sides of the ball as a senior during the upcoming spring season.
Quintin Knight will continue his career at Upper Iowa University in Fayette. Knight suffered a stress fracture in his leg before his junior season started and was unable to return to the field of play. He is, however, full of tremendous potential, with great size at the tight end position and excellent receiving skills. A thoughtful member of the program, he volunteered his time for the Special Olympics as an underclassman at Soldier Field for the fiftieth anniversary of the Special Olympics and has made it his goal to help children with diabetes when he is older. He will be looked upon as a key contributor for this year’s spring season
Nineteen classmates signed their letters in earlier ceremonies 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.