ALBANY, N.Y. – Wednesday was College Football National Signing Day, and the Capital Region was littered with athletes making the jump to the next level.
A number of local high schoolers stayed in the Capital Region to sign with the University at Albany.
Great Danes head coach Greg Gattuso announced of the 17 new commits, three played locally in Section II. They are Griffin Clancy of Saratoga, Nick Griffin from Shaker, and Josh Wynn from CBA.
“We want to fill our stadium, and we want to recruit local families to come and see us play, and I’ve been saying this since I’ve been here – we love representing the University at Albany, but we also represent the city of Albany,” Gattuso said.
Nick Griffin is a six foot seven inch defensive end already at UAlbany. The coaches are excited about what he brings to the defensive side of the ball.
Josh Wynn is a free safety who is familiar with Bob Ford Field having played two Section II title games there and winning one.
Griffin Clancy is six foot one inches and 300 pounds. He will be looking to protect the quarterback on the offensive line as he tries to make an impact right away with the Danes.
“I can do a lot of things that still being close to home, but there’s a football team that 45 minutes down the road, and to build that up and help make the program; dominant program; it’s going to be very important,” Clancy said.
“They are just on the rise; it’s a real big accomplishment,” Wynn said. “I mean, I’m really proud to be able to say that I’m going there, and the things that they’ve been doing are just awesome. I love it.”
CBA’s John Joseph Smith and Schalmont’s Nick Gallo are both heading to Merrimack to play football next year.