Four Somers seniors are headed to play football at the next level. They are:
Matt Deiana, RB/S, Blair Academy (prep school)
Andrew Madigan, LB, Pace
Christian Smith, DL, Muhlenberg
Colin Tullgren, WR, SUNY Cortland
But I want to just take a second to talk about Matt Deiana, because a lot of you asked questions about him. Here’s how he diagramed it for me:
In the end, he had received offers from Army, Albany, Wagner, Sacred Heart and Marist and had an opportunity to go to UConn, Temple and Akron as a preferred walk-on.
Unsatisfied with those options, Deiana chose prep school. There appear to have been three major reasons why.
1. He had received interest from some Division I-A programs. His list: Clemson, Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Marshall, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and BYU. So Deiana asked at least some of those coaches if they believed he could boost his chances if he went to prep school. Their response played a major role in his decision to attend Blair Academy.
2. He also hopes to garner interest from Ivy League and Patriot League D I-AAs but needed to boost his academic portfolio to become a stronger candidate for those programs.
“By going to prep school, I decided I would have a better chance of going to a I-A school, and if not I will be able to go to a top academic I-AA school,” Deiana said.
3. As many of you know, Deiana also played defensive end at Somers. He succeeded there despite his size, but that’s clearly not where his future lies if Deiana plays defense in college. So in addition to opening up his options and improving his grades, the former Somers star hopes to prove he can play in the defensive backfield, too.
“I will be playing defensive back at prep school mainly because that is my natural defensive position,” he said. “A few coaches inquired about me for defense, but weren’t comfortable taking me without seeing me at defensive back on film.”