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Bosco will be talk of National Signing Day

by Brian Fitzsimmons on
Mon, Jan 30, 2012 2:14 PM

Updated Mon, Jan 30, 2012 5:10 PM
Bosco will be talk of National Signing Day


Don Bosco Prep will be the talk of this year’s edition of National Signing Day, and is gearing up to live-stream the big event at the Ramsey school on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

With multiple top-flight Division I recruits slated to sign their letters of intent, MSG Varsity will provide full coverage that includes recaps, columns, up-to-the-minute Twitter updates, photos and a live feed from the morning ceremony.

Be sure to tune in Wednesday for all the latest news!

Here’s a look at the notable Ironmen seniors poised to declare their college destinations:

Darius Hamilton, DE

After dominating his team’s national title-clinching game with four sacks, Darius Hamilton solidified his place as one of the premier defensive lineman in the country.

Hamilton is one of the most sought after recruits in the country and for good reason. He is part of a great football familty as well; Hamilton is the son of former Pitt All-American and New York Giants player Keith Hamilton. In the wake of Greg Schiano leaving Rutgers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coaching job, the Scarlet Knights – reportedly the favorites to land Hamilton – will keep their fingers crossed. Meanwhile, Florida and Cal are other possible choices.

Be sure to watch Hamilton make his decision on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on "A Quick :60" on MSG Varsity iO Ch. 14.

Leonte Carroo, WR

The best pass-catching threat on the best team in the country, Carroo had verbally committed to play college ball at Rutgers next year. After Schiano left, though, there was some doubt he’d choose elsewhere. Latest reports say he has reaffirmed his commitment.

He needed only 39 catches to gain 926 yards and score 15 times as a junior to lead Don Bosco to its fifth straight state title as a junior. As a senior, Carroo anchored an explosive offense that paved the way for a sixth consecutive Non-Public Group 4 crown and a second national championship in three years.

Mike Strizak, DL

If Darius Hamilton is 1, then Mike Strizak is 1A. The bookend opposite Hamilton, Strizak may be asked to play OLB while at Boston College next season but he is a good enough athlete to play multiple positions on the field. One of Don Bosco’s most consistent players, Strizak saw time in three of his four seasons under coach Greg Toal.

Tyler Samra, OL

Committed to play football for UConn in the fall, Samra anchored a mauling Don Bosco offensive line from his left tackle position. Samra was an integral part of both the running and passing game on Greg Toal’s sixth-straight championship team, which averaged a whopping 41 points a game.

Mike Casimos, OL

Right next to Samra on the left side of the line is big 6-foot-4, 270-pound left guard Casimos. In addition to rushing for 170 yards per game, Don Bosco’s offense boasted a passing game that threw only two picks with the fantastic protection the front-five provided.

John Quirk contributed to this report.

Brian Fitzsimmons is the award-winning author of Celtic Pride: How Coach Kevin Boyle Took St. Patrick to the Top of High School Basketball. Contact him at Follow him on Twitter: @FitzWriter


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