Coach: 2020 WR Jay Brunelle Wants To Earn Everything

March 4, 2019

It’s not that Jay Brunelle‍ wouldn’t have welcomed a scholarship from Notre Dame during last week’s Junior Day in South Bend, but the 2020 Massachusetts wide receiver certainly sounded excited about the possibility of going out and earning that offer with his performance at the Irish’s camp this summer.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Brunelle’s coach at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, John Andreoli says. “He understands earning opportunities and that’s what he’s done all along since he’s been at St. John’s.

“He understands what it means to earn something. Nobody is ever going to give anybody anything. You have to go out and earn it. That’s his mindset and the approach that he takes.”

Brunelle has already earned offers from Michigan, Boston College, UMass, UConn, Holy Cross, Harvard, Yale and Brown.

“With his sophomore and junior year, Jay has played and worked himself into a great position as a student-athlete and a football player,” Andreoli adds. “His work ethic has really brought him up to an elite level. You can see that in his physical capabilities – his speed, his strength, his leaping ability and the way he can catch the football in traffic. It’s really something that gives him a very high ceiling.

“He’s going to continue to develop physically. He’s a great student. He’s got some great opportunities for him. He’s a great leader on our campus and in the community. He’s a great kid. He not only has the ability, but he works at it and will continue to develop.”

And Brunelle’s development helps Andreoli’s entire squad.

“The younger kids see how someone comes in and applies himself to the process,” the coach says. “It really creates a good environment for our kids to play in. Everybody who is around him, he cares about and they care about him, so it’s a very healthy type of environment.”

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