City: Evanston, IL
Web site: http://www.northwestern.edu/
Conference: Big 10
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Jack Farrell, a tight end who almost quit football after his high school freshman season, has committed to Duke and is set to become the first Division 1 signee from Holy Innocents' of Atlanta. Farrell also was recruited by Vanderbilt, Arkansas, North Carolina, Virginia, SMU and Northwestern and had an offer from Army. "I knew all along I wanted to go to really good academic school, " Farrell said. "I don't see myself playing above college in the pros, so I wanted to get the degree. It's the ACC, so I get good football and a good education." Farrell, 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds with 4.6 speed in the 40, had 24 receptions for 324 yards and three touchdowns last season. He also had 27 tackles at defensive end but expects to play tight end in college. He also might get a shot at punter, he said. Farrell had a 41-yard average as a junior. Farrell is a first baseman on the baseball team who led the team in batting last season and started on Holy Innocents' Class AA champions in 2007. "I thought baseball was what I wanted to do, " he said, explaining why he considered quitting football before his sophomore year. "That summer, I put on 30-35 pounds [up to 200] and grew a couple of inches. I became a football player, I guess. "I put my head down my sophomore year and knew that this [playing Division 1 football] was what I wanted to do and would do whatever it took to do it." Holy Innocents' played its first varsity schedule in 2006, finishing 4-6, and won a round in the state playoffs last season in a 7-5 finish.