Shaker football players Ryan Griffin, left, Schuyler Huntington, center, and David Morrison sign their National Letters of Intent Feb. 6.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
LATHAM Shaker seniors Schuyler Huntington and Ryan Griffin are going from being teammates to being friendly rivals.
Huntington and Griffin signed National Letters of Intent with rival NCAA Football Championship Subdivision schools last Wednesday. Huntington will be a defensive lineman for Maine, while Griffin will be a running back for the University at Albany.
Both schools play in the Colonial Athletic Association, which means Huntington will be looking to stop Griffin from running instead of helping him.
“It should be interesting, and it should be fun,” said Huntington. “With all we did the last three years (at Shaker), it’s only right for us to line up against each other.”
“It’s going to be very exciting to see Schuyler develop as a player and how I develop as a player,” said Griffin.
Shaker lineman David Morrison also committed to a NCAA FCS school, as he signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Dartmouth beginning in the fall. It’s the first time three Shaker football players from the same graduating class have signed to play for FCS schools.
Morrison, who is also a prominent player on Shaker’s Suburban Council North Division championship boys basketball team, said football was always going to be his first choice.
“I definitely knew since eighth grade that I love to play football,” said Morrison. “Basketball is a close second.”
Dartmouth, though, wasn’t an automatic choice for Morrison.
“The first time I ever visited Dartmouth, I was like 'I’m not even sure I want to come here,'” said Morrison. “But I gave it a second chance over the summer, and I fell in love with the school.”
Huntington said he knew immediately he wanted to attend Maine when he made his first campus visit.
“I loved the campus, I loved the coaches and I loved the players. They have a very close team, with all of the coaches and players being involved,” said Huntington.