Anthony Serventi didn’t complain.
He didn’t moan about his role as a junior running back on the North Catholic High School football team. He didn’t pout. He didn’t hang his head.
Instead, he worked.
It paid off for the 5-foot-11, 195-pound back who was just as big of a threat to catch the ball as he was running it during his senior year for the Trojans when he emerged as one of the most dangerous players in the WPIAL in Class 3A.
“Honestly, I do what the team needs of me,” said Serventi, a Cranberry Township resident who lives nearly a football field away from the North Catholic campus.
Serventi finished his senior season with 685 yards on just 82 carries and 10 touchdowns. He was also second on the team with 20 receptions for 196 yards and two scores.
That got him noticed from colleges all over the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
And from one unlikely Division I FCS school.
Dayton contacted Serventi, who made a visit to the campus in January. He left knowing exactly where he wanted to go and what he wanted to be.
“It was my No. 1 choice by leaps and bounds,” Serventi said. “It was a great school for me athletically and academically.”
Serventi committed to the Flyers June 11.
Seton Hill, Clarion, Gannon, Washington & Jefferson and Baldwin Wallace were also recruiting him.