Plant linebacker Mike Mirabella, one of the bay area's top defensive players, has committed to play at Holy Cross.
Mirabella, who anchored the defense for the back-to-back state champ Panthers, is the second local player in as many days to commit to the school. Sickles' LB Scott O' Donoghue committed Monday. Mirabella and O'Donoghue, longtime friends who went to Christ The King together as youngsters, returned from official visits to Holy Cross this past weekend.
Holy Cross, which plays in Division I-AA, was one of the first schools to recruit Mirabella two years ago, but Charlie Mirabella, Mike's father, said Holy Cross didn't think it would have a chance to snag the 5-foot-11 1/2, 210-pound linebacker. Coaches from the school reconnected with Mirabella in the fall, once they heard he had no D-I offers, made a hard press for him.
Charlie Mirabella said his son returned from Holy Cross this weekend sold on the school, the campus and the program. Mirabella visited Princeton the previous week. He also had invitations to walk on at a few D-I schools.
Mirabella, a Times All-Suncoast first-team selection, has 149 tackles (10.6 a game)this past season, as well as 12 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.
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