Everett's Matt Costello, the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year and ESPN Boston's Mr. Football, has verbally committed to play football at Princeton.
Costello took his official visit to Princeton this past weekend, and told ESPNBoston before the Crimson Tide's basketball contest against Cambridge Tuesday night that earlier in the day he got the call from the coaching staff that he is receiving a likely letter. The Tigers have been a favorite of Costello's for months now, so the verbal commitment was virtually immediate once he got the news. Costello said he's getting a call from the Dean of Admissions today to "make it official".
"It just takes a whole lot of pressure off my back," Costello laughed. "I've been sitting around getting them stuff for a while now, and it's just like, once they tell you it's like...whew."
There were a few other Ivy League schools in the running for his services, mainly Penn and Harvard, but at Princeton he said he felt "right at home".
"It was a combination of things," Costello said of his reasons for Princeton. "Offense, the team itself, and then where I want to be. I kinda wanted to get away, so Harvard was kinda in the back a little. And then between them (Princeton) and Penn, I found that I'd probably have a better chance of playing earlier at Princeton. So overall, it just came down to that."
Costello capped his high school career by catching 11 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns in Everett's 31-7 triumph over St. John's Prep in the Division 1 Super Bowl. Costello had 76 receptions for 1,301 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, and helped Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso set a state record with 43 touchdown passes.
Costello also has excelled in the classroom, where he has a 3.98 GPA.