BE's Christian Greavu to play lacrosse at Mercer

Students Justin Counasse, Matthew McManus, and Jaylen-Stoney Patterson also take part in college signings

Christian Greavu is a young man for all seasons. The Bishop England High School senior plays football in the fall, basketball in the winter and lacrosse in the spring. But if you check out the family tree, you just have an urge to ask Greavu why he doesn’t play golf at BE. After all, his father, John, is the school’s golf coach and has helped the Bishops become an elite program.

“I golfed a lot as a kid,” Greavu explained. “I played in the summer tour and my dad was my caddy. I also played lacrosse, and there was just something about it. I just had that passion to play lacrosse.”

That passion – and hard work – paid off recently when Greavu signed a scholarship to play at Mercer University in a ceremony that took place in the Bishop England Performing Arts Center on April 11.

Other student-athletes who signed letters of intent and unveiled their matriculation plans included Justin Counasse, lacrosse, Limestone; Matthew McManus, baseball, Florida State College at Jacksonville; and Jaylen Stoney-Patterson, football, North Greenville.

While lacrosse was his passion, football owned Greavu’s heart. His first visits to the Mercer University were as a football player. He shone on both sides of the ball for coach John Cantey’s Battling Bishops, and his speed, physical strength and skill made him one of the Bishops’ biggest and best playmakers.

He helped the Bishops post a 7-4 record last fall with his running and receiving skills. He was second on the team in rushing with 116 carries for 842 yards and five touchdowns. Greavu led the team in receiving with 21 catches for 448 yards and six touchdowns. Greavu was second on the team with 66 points and earned all-region and all-state honors.

“I dreamed of playing college football all of my life,” Greavu said. “But it just wasn’t meant to be. The Mercer campus is just beautiful and I fell in love with the place. I also met the lacrosse coach and he told me to send up some tapes and perhaps things could work out. I thought to myself, ‘I can’t pass up an opportunity like this.’”

Mercer University is the oldest private university in Georgia, and its main campus is located in Macon. The school competes in the Southern Conference. The Bears LAX team finished 5-8 in 2017, including 2-5 in the Southern Conference. Coach Kyle Hannan is in his sixth year at the school. This season marks his 24th season overall as a head coach.

Greavu is a midfielder for the Bishops’ lacrosse team, a squad that is seeking its second straight Class AAAA state championships. The Bishops, who were 12-2 in the regular season, were scheduled to begin first-round play on Tuesday, hosting Myrtle Beach.

He is a member of numerous organizations in school including the Key Club and the ping pong club. He plans to major in either business or sports management. Either way, Greavu knows he’s in for a positive experience.

“The academics, it’s a great opportunity,” Greavu said.

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