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Thorp Award winner Tom Joyce commits to Sacred Heart

Thorpe Award winner, Tom Joyce of MacArthur High

Thorpe Award winner, Tom Joyce of MacArthur High School at the 45th Annual Gridiron Dinner for Nassau County Football held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. (Dec. 1, 2010) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Tom Joyce, the Thorp Award winner from MacArthur, has committed to play for Sacred Heart next season. The 5-11, 200-pound linebacker made 104 tackles with four sacks and two forced fumbles for the Generals this past season.

He also ran for 456 yards and eight touchdowns as a fullback for the Generals (5-4), whose season ended with a 24-22 loss to Farmingdale in the Conference I quarterfinals.

He'll play linebacker for Sacred Heart — an FCS school that plays in the Northeast Conference.

"They showed me a lot of love," Joyce said of his decision. "It just felt like, when I went there, I was already part of the family and part of the plan. They already have a plan for me. I felt very comfortable, and it seemed to be the right fit for me." 

He chose Sacred Heart over Marist, which also offered him a full scholarship.

*Check Thursday's Newsday for a complete list of high school football signings.

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