St. John’s Prep senior Owen Rockett verbally committed to Colgate last week. Rockett, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound wide receiver and safety led the Eagles to the Division 1 North championship game this year. Although he has been playing football for years, Rockett began his career as a wide receiver just last year.
This year, Rockett was one of Prep’s most dangerous offensive weapons, and finished the season with 11 touchdowns and 43 passes for an impressive 736 yards.
Rockett was also an impact player on defense. His most impressive play on the year might have been an 84-yard pick-six in the second half (his second touchdown of the game) in Prep's win over BC High.
Rockett also received offers from Holy Cross and Bryant University. Ultimately, he chose to attend Colgate on a partial scholarship, knowing the strength of the school’s academics and athletics.
“I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to play in big games at the Prep, and Colgate seems like an extension of that,” said Rockett, who credited his coaches and teammates with his success. “I am tremendously grateful for the coaches I have had at St. John's Prep and I am honored to go play for [Colgate] Coach [Dan] Hunt, [who is] a really passionate, intimate guy.”
Although all three schools impressed Rockett, it was Hunt who swung Rockett's decision to choose to play for Colgate.
Rockett will face challenges at Colgate, with a consistently tough Division 1 FCS schedule with at least one FBS matchup each year. Rockett may even face Prep teammate Jake Burt during his senior year, if Colgate faces Boston College -- as expected.
“He created a mismatch every time he stepped on the field and was an integral part to our offense. He opened up our run game and pass game with his dynamic playmaking” said Burt, Prep’s Boston College-bound tight end.