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Philly's Livingston Likes Life in the City and Chooses Fordham
There’s nothing as valuable as a second opinion. Especially, as in the case of Jamir Livingston, when it confirms the first.
Livingston, a 5-7, 160-pound senior tailback at St. Joseph’s Prep, has committed to Fordham for football.
He knew for sure, for sure, after making an official visit one weekend ago. In retrospect, he just knew for sure in early November, at which time his trek to the school was of the unofficial variety.
“Stepping on campus that first time, it just had the feel,” Livingston said. “Everything evolved from there.
“Things happened rapidly after the official visit. Fordham has a program that’s on the rise. I could tell that just by checking out the other kids they were bringing in. They have a really good team. And with my input, it’s going to be even better. I wouldn’t have minded waiting my turn and learning, but they’re saying they want to play me a lot.”
Livingston, a first-team Daily News All-City honoree, finished his Prep career with 3,996 yards, the No. 6 total in city history. Repeat, city.
“I’m a city guy,” he said. “That Fordham is in New York City gave it more points. It’s a really appealing place. It’s not that far from home, but it’s far enough. Exactly the situation I wanted.”
The decision came down to Fordham or Army. The Citadel, Villanova and Duquesne were also part of the mix to varying degrees.
Livingston received appreciated insights from former Prep stars Brian Tracz and Dave Mendez, already at Fordham, and from Ryan Bradley, who’ll be joining the program as a transfer. Jamir intends to major in finance or communications.
“Being in New York should really help with internships and future job prospects,” he said. “It comes down to this: If you didn’t play football, would you still want to be here? For me that’s a big yes.
“I can’t wait to get started, though. Can’t wait to get back on the field. It seems like I haven’t played for such a long time.”
Prep’s Livingston likes life in the city and chooses Fordham
By TED SILARY
Philadelphia Daily News