BG’s Chadbourn picks ’Nova

For Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School senior Brandon Chadbourn, it was love at second sight.

The Marauders’ versatile football player said it took him just two trips to Villanova University to realize it was where he wanted to play college football as he announced his commitment to the school for 2015 last week.

“I went to camp, and I loved it there,” Chadbourn said. “When I went down Tuesday, I loved all the coaches and the facilities.”

Chadbourn, just the second 1,000-yard rusher in the past 10 years for BG, will make the shift from quarterback to wide receiver when he begins to play for the Wildcats in two seasons. He will also leave behind playing defense.

“It will be a little bit different,” Chadbourn, who hasn’t played receiver since ninth grade, said. “I need to learn the routes and get better at catching.”

At quarterback, Chadbourn went 55-for-98, tallying 815 yards through the air as a junior. He threw for 10 touchdowns and was picked off five times. On the ground, he averaged 6.6 yards per carry, rushing the ball 153 times – 13 of them for touchdowns.

“I think it’s huge,” BG coach Justin Wheeler said on the commitment’s meaning to the program. “A lot of people think since we are a small school, you can’t go to a Division 1 school. … We are showing people it’s a matter of how you play it, not where play it.”

Wheeler noted that Chadbourn’s understanding and work ethic toward the game are his two strongest assets, but that it hasn’t come easy for Chadbourn, noting he’s worked “pretty hard” over the past four years at trying to become a college player.

Wheeler said one of Chadbourn’s biggest improvements has been becoming more comfortable on both sides of the ball.

Chadbourn also had an offer to Saint Francis University. His commitment to Villanova also was impacted by the school’s opportunities in the classroom.

Chadbourn said he doesn’t have a major picked out for now but is excited about knowing whatever he picks, his degree will have a good chance of getting him a job right out of college.

For now, though, having a college picked out puts him at ease for his senior season, which begins Aug. 29.

“Obviously, I want to enjoy this whole year,” he said. “It feels great in the back of my mind I don’t have to worry about talking to more places. It’s a great feeling to know I have that there.”