Aside from its well-chronicled academic standing, no one will ever dispute Avon Old Farms' reputation in preparing and developing student-athletes for greater heights.
Names that immediately come to mind include Brian Leetch (Cheshire, Conn.), Jonathan Quick (Hamden, Conn.) and Cam Atkinson (Riverside, Conn.) in hockey; and Juan Nieves and George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) in baseball. All would go on to make marks at their sport’s highest levels.
Is Jake DeLeo the next Avon prodigy to be added to that list? Only time will tell. But there is no doubt the senior center fielder has the talent and pedigree to hear his name be called in the MLB Draft this June.
Playing baseball since the age of four, DeLeo has never strayed away from the game he loves most. Over the years, he has stuck to a well-calculated ritual of making himself the best player he can possibly be. In preparation for his final season Avon, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound DeLeo has yet to reach his full potential. In fact, you could say the ceiling appears unlimited.