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Wingenroth commits to Colgate University

Hart football star makes his college choice

Posted: January 20, 2014 8:32 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2014 8:32 p.m.

Hart senior football star Connor Wingenroth announced his commitment to Colgate University in New York.

After a long, thought-out process and a long, successful high school career, Connor Wingenroth has finally decided where he’ll continue his football endeavors.

The Hart High senior and The Signal’s 2013 All-Santa Clarita Valley Football Player of the Year committed to Colgate University on Monday after making his official campus visit this past weekend.

“Every school is a good school and every school wants you and it’s a really hard decision, but after the visit this weekend I knew I wanted to go to Colgate,” Wingenroth said.

The offer from Colgate, located in Hamilton, N.Y., had been on the table since last summer. In the meantime, Wingenroth had also picked up official offers to play at UC Davis and Cornell University.

All three schools play in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, one step below college football’s highest level.

“It’s well-deserved,” said Hart head football coach Mike Herrington. “He’s one of the hardest working athletes we’ve ever had to come to the program and he deserves everything he gets.”

Wingenroth played three years of varsity ball for Hart, originally coming in as the starting quarterback as a sophomore.

Throughout his time at Hart, he also played wide receiver, defensive back and running back.

Despite missing most of four games with a shoulder injury, Wingenroth still rushed for a Foothill League best 1,698 yards and 21 touchdowns while also adding 411 receiving yards on 44 catches, four of which were scores.

He was named the All-CIF Southern Section Northern Division Offensive Player of the Year after playing a key role in leading Hart to a Northern Division championship victory.

Though football is a major focus of Wingenroth’s, he also said the college-town atmosphere at Colgate and the school’s academic prowess factored in.

“They have a really good alumni system for, you get your degree, you’re going to have some alumni help you get a job,” Wingenroth said.

The town of Hamilton is in the center of the state located around 40 miles outside of Syracuse and 200 miles northwest of New York City.

Colgate finished 4-8 this past season and tied for second in the Patriot League. The team has won seven Patriot League titles, the last coming in 2012.

Wingenroth said he’s being recruited simply as an athlete, meaning he could play running back, slot receiver, defensive back or possible as a quarterback in the Wildcat formation.

“I’m really excited just to show what I have, put it on the table,” Wingenroth said. “Hopefully I can start and make an impact on Colgate.”


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