Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 3, 2014

Eikenberry commits to play football at Penn State, sets eyes on big final lacrosse season

Eikenberry commits to Penn State football -- and sets sights on final season on lacrosse field

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Eikenberry began his career at Brooks School as a freshman, before transferring to Andover High the following year, and quickly emerged as a two-sport start.

The sophomore led the Golden Warrior football team in tackles with 87, while in lacrosse he emerged as a standout midfielder.

Following that season, looking to further pursue college lacrosse, Eikenberry transferred to lacrosse power Brewster. While starring there, he began the college search.

“I went through the whole college recruiting process,” he said. “I talked to schools, and eventually chose from five or six Division 1 lacrosse programs. I decided on Delaware, which is an awesome program. I was all set to go there to play.”

While lacrosse was a success, Eikenberry missed attending school with his friends at Andover High, and missed playing football — which he had to give up because Brewster does not field a team.

“Most of my time at Brewster, I didn’t think I would ever play football again,” he said. “I went to some Andover games like against North Andover and St. John’s Prep and it was tough to watch the team have so much success (MVC Large champs), and not have the chance to be a part of it. That made me rethink my high school choice.”

Changing course

Eikenberry began a dialogue with Golden Warriors football coach E.J. Perry and his staff, and by the time the 2013 pre-season arrived, he had officially rejoined Andover High and its football team.

Initially, Eikenberry remained sure that he would attend Delaware to play lacrosse. But that suddenly came into question after two huge games on the gridiron to start the season against North Andover (15 tackles, TD run) and BC High (16 tackles, three forced fumbles, interception return for TD).

“After the BC High game, we started to send my highlight film and some workout numbers out to different colleges,” he said. “Coach Perry really talked me through the whole process. He also knew coach O’Brien from Andover, which helped the tape that could have gone into the trash get to him.”

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