Shaker football players Ryan Griffin, left, Schuyler Huntington, center, and David Morrison sign their National Letters of Intent Feb. 6.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
continued Griffin said he weighed his options before choosing to stay close to home and attend Ualbany.
“I looked at what UAlbany had to offer and what the other schools on my list had to offer, and I found nothing to pull me away from home,” said Griffin.
Griffin joins a UAlbany program that is transitioning from being a power player in the Northeastern Conference -- where the Great Danes won or shared six league titles since 2002 -- to playing in a FCS power conference. The CAA has had two national champions and three finalists since 2006, while the NEC was awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2011, when UAlbany made its first appearance.
“It’s exciting because you know those teams get to play against (Football Bowl Subdivision teams such as) Rutgers, Syracuse and Pittsburgh every year, so we may get to play against those teams,” said Griffin, who rushed for 1,099 yards and 18 touchdowns to help Shaker win its first Section II Class AA title.
Huntington joins a Maine team that is looking to improve on its 4-4 CAA record from 2012.
“There is a possibility I would go in and play this (fall) season,” said Huntington, who was one of the top defensive linemen in Class AA in 2012. “It depends on how many defensive linemen come in.”
Morrison is also looking to make a quick transition to playing college football for a Dartmouth squad that finished in a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy League last season.
“Only the first and second string players get to travel with the team, and I want to be able to travel with them as a freshman,” said Morrison. “With hard work, I think I can make it.”