Beverly High senior running back/safety Brendan Flaherty has verbally committed to Holy Cross for the fall of 2013, he confirmed to ESPNBoston.com tonight.
The story was first reported by Phil Stacey of the Salem Evening News.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Flaherty was the most dynamic back of the Panthers' vaunted three-pronged rushing attack, leading the Panthers to the Division 2A Super Bowl title and their first undefeated season in 100 years. On the season, he carried 160 times for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns, and added 10 catches for 236 yards and four more scores. That included a monster performance in the Super Bowl title game against Natick, carrying 3 times for 175 yards and two scores as the Panthers ran for 347 rushing yards, and playing some terrific defense on the the Redhawks' vaunted receiving corps, from his free safety position.
Brown, Penn and Columbia were also being considered by Flaherty at the time of his commitment. He also held a scholarship offer in lacrosse from Stony Brook.
"Holy Cross is a great school, that's obviously something I wanted," Flaherty said. "My overnight [official visit] was definitely a huge factor in the decision. I got a chance to meet the coaches and players, and I really felt welcome with the people there. I want to surround myself with good people, so I thought it was a great fit for that."
There is no concrete plan for Flaherty's role next season, as it currently stands. But he will likely enter training camp competing for a safety position.
"I can go from both sides of the ball, as well as special teams," Flaherty said. "They're not 100 percent sure what I'll be playing, but it's good to know that I can do a couple of things for them. Personally, I think it'll help me get onto the field faster, to help them out."