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Jason Ceneus Signs With Villanova

New Rochelle's star will likely play in the secondary for the Wildcats.

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The Wildcats landed the 5-9, 185-pound defensive back Jason Ceneus late in the recruiting period, and he will help sure up a secondary that needs a constant pipeline of talent. He also played runningback at New Rochelle and his efforts on both sides of the ball helped carry the Huguenots to the Class AA state title in New York. He lead the team with four interceptions on defense.

He will also be in the mix to return punts for the Wildcats.

That playoff run caught the attention of college recruiters, reportedly including CAA Football members Albany, New Hampshire, Maine and Stony Brook. When Villanova's defensive coordinator Billy Crocker showed up at his family home to offer him a scholarship, however, he was sold on the Main Line school that he had not yet visited. He would later take his official visit the weekend of the Syracuse basketball game.

"This is what you work for," Ceneus told, "a Division I scholarship."

Academically, Ceneus was also a match for the Wildcats, who have a strict floor in many cases, even for football players.

"Jason put together a great senior season and that attracted interest," coach Lou DiRienzo told "Academically, he put himself in line to be accepted to Villanova, which is a great school."


Stay tuned to our Villanova National Signing Day StoryStream for information on all the new Wildcat recruits!