BC High's Russo commits to Holy Cross

Boston College High senior third baseman Thomas Russo committed to Holy Cross yesterday, he confirmed this evening to ESPNBoston.com

"Holy Cross has always been my top choice," said Russo, a Weston resident who was also considering Columbia, Marist, Fairfield and Le Moyne. "They definitely offered me the best opportunity for both baseball and academics."

Initially the Crusaders offered Russo a preferred walk-on spot, which for the program equates to roughly a 45-day tryout. Russo was willing to take the offer but decided to wait things out. Yesterday, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Kane upped the ante by offering a roster spot, and Russo accepted almost immediately.

"I was ecstatic," Russo said. "I work so hard, they know I'm a grinder and they love the way I play my game, my willingness to compete, they know I'm going to perform my best every game."

Russo's aunt, Paula Russo Sughrue, is a 1988 graduate of Holy Cross who starred on the school's soccer team, earning First Team All-New England honors her senior season. She was also a high school All-American at Winchester High.

This season Russo is off to a solid start, batting .320 with a .452 on-base percentage, three extra-base hits and 10 RBI. He's also hitting .500 with runners in scoring position.

"They [Holy Cross] see me as a gap-to-gap power guy," Russo said. "They like my power, gap to gap, and they especially like my defense. They just love that... [Defensively] they watch many of my games and notice I can make some plays that shouldn’t be made happen, they like my ability to get to the ball and make a play."