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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Notre Dame Prep senior John Ruvo IV has committed to run for the track and field program and attend school at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
“It has always been a goal for me to go to an Ivy League school since I was little,” said Ruvo. “Obviously, there is the allure of it and the understanding what you get out of attending an Ivy League school. It has been a dream and it finally came true.”
Ruvo will run for head coach Steve Dolan and sprints coach Moose Akanno for the Quakers. He considered Penn, Princeton, and Columbia among his final choices.
“After I visited the schools and understanding they are all great schools, I had the best feeling and comfort about Penn and the environment,” said Ruvo. “I knew it was the place to go.”
Ruvo has been a standout on the football field and the track for the Saints during his high school career. He has six career interceptions, including two during his senior season with a pick six for a touchdown. He has averaged over 18 yards per kickoff return and added 11 tackles.
“It has been great playing football and it is different that track,” said Ruvo. “You have the team camaraderie versus the individuality of track. Everyone should experience both aspects of that with high school sports.”
Ruvo finished off his junior season with a state meet to remember. He clocked a 10.69 personal-best and school record in the finals of the 100 meters at the AIA Division III State Track and Field Championships. He finished the meet by posting his second personal-best of the night, clocking a 21.87 in the 200 meters to place third overall by five thousandths of a second in a virtual dead heat.
“I felt really great about my performances last year, but I know I can do more,” said Ruvo. “I am really looking forward to this year. I’ll practice more and start earlier this season to get ready.”
Ruvo was recently selected as the school winner in the Heisman High School Scholarship competition awarded by The Heisman Trophy Trust and Acceptance Insurance. It recognizes overall success in both athletics and academics.
“I have always been raised on the importance of good grades and staying on top of your homework,” said Ruvo. “It has a big impact on where you go to school. I like to give my all in everything. You have to do your best.”
“John Ruvo brings the epitome of the student athlete to Penn,” said Track and Field Head Coach Mike Brown. “He is a kid who works hard with both his academics and athletics.”
Ruvo will join nine Saints who will participate in the Signing Day Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Jensen Gym.