NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: 7 headed to play D1 football

CHESHIRE - Seven more Cheshire Academy student-athletes signed on to play Division I football during Wednesday morning’s National Signing Day ceremony. Tyler DiIenno ’19 (North Haledon, NJ) is headed to Yale, while Andre Carter ’19 (Missouri City, TX) and Jordan Funk ’19 (Gaithersburg, MD) will play at Army. Also inking a National Letter of Intent were: Max Mazzella ’19 (Waterford, CT,), Marist; Josh Comune ’19 (Woodland Park, NJ), Monmouth; Cletus Mathurin ’19 (Hartford, CT), UMass; Matt Trez ’19 (Shelton, CT), Elon.

Wednesday’s signings strengthen an already impressive class for the Cats. Bryce Sebastian (Boston College), Tanner Davis (UMass), Jared Martino (UMass) and Malachi Burby (Rutgers) signed during earlier signing periods. This year’s class – with more student-athletes expected to sign to play college football in the upcoming months – gives Cheshire Academy 74 college football players since 2012, including 56 Division I players over that span.

“It’s incredible to see their success,” head coach Dave Dykeman said. “It speaks to our coaching staff, our school and our program, and what we’ve been able to accomplish. It really has become a destination if you want a better opportunity, if you want to play at the collegiate level, it’s really a place you need to go.”

PHOTO GALLERY: National Signing Day photos

DiIenno, who is in the midst of a postgraduate year at Cheshire Academy, is expected to play defensive back at Yale. “I’d recommend a postgrad year to anyone,” DiIenno said. “It’s helped with maturity, football and recruiting and time management.”

After attending Fairfield Prep, Trez also said a postgraduate year has been beneficial. He’s expected to play on the offensive line at Elon.

“Coach Dykeman gave me opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise coming out of high school,” Trez said. “I think CA puts you in a position to succeed by giving you all the tools academically and athletically to be successful.”

Class of 2019 signings

Malachi Burby     Defensive Tackle     Rutgers
Andre Carter     Linebacker     Army
Josh Comune     Quarterback     Monmouth
Tanner Davis     Safety     UMass
Tyler DiIenno     Defensive Back     Yale
Jordan Funk     Defensive End     Army
Jared Martino     Running Back     UMass
Cletus Mathurin     Defensive Tackle     UMass
Max Mazzella     Safety     Marist
Bryce Sebastian     Wide Receiver     Boston College
Matt Trez     Offensive Line     Elon

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