Vincent Narog signs National Letter of Intent with Stepinac Coach Mike O'Donnell, left, and his parents standing by.

Photo Credit: Stepinac High School

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Caleb Gilligan-Evans and Vincent Narog, two star players in the success of the Archbishop Stepinac football program over the last three years, signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, committing to colleges they will attend beginning in the fall.

Narog, a senior tight end and linebacker, made his commitment to Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University, while Gilligan-Evans, also a senior, will be attending Holy Cross College in Massachusetts.

Gilligan-Evans, a starting fullback, has been an All-State, All-County, All-League selection the last two seasons and holds the record for most rushing yards and touchdowns as a Crusaders player. He was also a member of the 2011 Catholic High School Football League Class AA championship team as was Narog.

Narog was also named All-State, All-League and All-County this past season and complied 1,100 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns in his career and made 120 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive lineman Austin Taps, lineman Jesse Gwin and placekicker Przemyslaw Popek each signed their letters of commitment in February.

The Crusaders were 9-3 this past season, reaching the CHSFL's Class AAA championship game before losing to champion St. Anthony's. 

From a report by Stepinac High School


Recruiting: Gilligan-Evans & Narog commit,

March, 20, 2012
Mar 20
As the Yale football team changed its coaching staff this offseason, former Bulldogs recruit and Stepinac senior fullback Caleb Gilligan-Evans didn't fret much about it.

"It was frustrating at first but things happen for a reason," Gilligan-Evans said. "There's no stability in coaching. I knew it opened up chances for another thing."

That other option would be Holy Cross, the school the bruising fullback is now headed to after being accepted on Friday. The Crusaders beat out Yale and Bryant for Gilligan-Evans' services.

"The atmosphere is great, everyone there is passionate about football," Gilligan-Evans said. "There are opportunities and you work together as a family and the players are great, I really enjoyed visiting them."

When Yale hired Tony Reno as its new coach, the Bulldogs still had their offer out to Gilligan-Evans, but the fullback was told that the team was going in a different direction offensively that wouldn't utilize his services like the previous staff would have. The senior decided to check out other teams who had prior interest.

Holy Cross had been trying to recruit Gilligan-Evans but stopped once he committed to Yale. The Crusaders re-entered the picture and offered Evans a spot and he said he feel in love with it. He told the coaching staff that as long as he was accepted, he would be heading there.

Gilligan-Evans, who rushed for 792 yards and nine touchdowns this season according to, will be used as an h-back/fullback at Holy Cross, a similar role to the one he played in Stepinac's offense this season.

"I'm very excited," Gilligan-Evans said. "Everything happens for a reason and the door was open for Holy Cross and it feels amazing. This is a great opportunity and I'm very excited and I can't wait for it to happen."

NAROG TO SACRED HEART: Gilligan-Evans' teammate, wide receiver Vincent Narog, recently committed to Sacred Heart, according to coach Mike O'Donnell. Narog had interest from Lafayette, Southern Connecticut and Trinity, but liked Sacred Heart's football staff and the physical therapy program at the school.

Narog took his time to make his decision, making sure he visited each school and that he felt comfortable at whatever school he ultimately decided to attend. Narog caught 24 passes for 655 yards and seven touchdowns this past season, according to

"It's a good fit for him, a great school with a good football team and they got a good player in Vinnie," O'Donnell said. "He has a lot of potential and Vinnie got a lot better this year and I think he will continue to get better.

"He didn't want to just go somewhere because the school was interested. He really wanted to study physical therapy and that was very important to find the right fit for him."