Anthony Garro '15 headed to URI Football
Colleges from throughout New England were recruiting Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Anthony Garro ’15 to play football.
When it came time to make a decision, though, the chance to play at home was too good to pass up.
Anthony, a resident of Westerly, R.I., will attend and try out for the football team as a preferred walk-on at the University of Rhode Island.
“Coming out of Westerly, a lot of students go to URI, but I don’t know of any recent grads that have played football there,” Anthony said. “To be offered the opportunity to play for a FCS program is something special. I have been lucky to have been surrounded by great coaches at Westerly and WMA that motivated me to play at the next level. The work I put in with my coaches, teammates, father and brother has all culminated, and it’s pretty cool to see how everything works out in the end.
“I’m going to be majoring in kinesiology, specializing more in athletic training, so even if the football route doesn’t go as planned I have the chance to work with the team from that aspect."
Anthony had offers from Division II Stonehill College and the University of New Haven, and was also recruited by Division III Bates College and Norwich Academy. He also considers playing baseball at Division III Eastern Connecticut State University and Roger Williams.
Anthony made his decision after attending the Preferred Walk-on Day at URI in March.
“The presentation by the coaches, tour of the facilities and overall day was just great,” he said. “They reviewed my film and talked to me about competing for a starting position as a punter.”
In his postgraduate season for the WMA Football team, Anthony averaged 44 yards/punt, led the team in interceptions and was the second-leading receiver in catches. He earned all-conference second team honors.
“The opportunity I’ve received at WMA is something I’m thankful for,” he said. “Coach (Jeff) Vartabedian is a fantastic guy. He helped me through the whole process. He made this URI thing happen.”
After a successful March trip to Historic Dodgertown in Florida with the WMA Baseball team, Anthony has helped the Titans get off to a 5-1 start, with clutch batting from the clean-up spot and his play at first base.
At Westerly High School, Anthony played football, basketball and baseball, earning First Team All-Division II South in football and baseball.