WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Archbishop Stepinac High School football players Danny Hoffer, Dan Pomposello and Tyrik Stovall officially signed letters of intent to play for their respective colleges Wednesday morning.
The three seniors signed their letters in the gymnasium in front of family, friends, coaches and fellow students. Hoffer committed to the University of Maine, Pomposello to the University of New Haven and Stovall to Marist College.
Hoffer’s choice came down to Wagner College and Maine, the latter of which he said entered the process late. But after his official visit to the campus last weekend, the quarterback knew his future.
He gave his verbal commitment to Maine on Monday and officially signed his letter on Wednesday. And he said he’s ready to face the challenges that college football will throw at him.
“It’s a whole ‘nother level now. You’ve got to start from the bottom now and make your way up,” Hoffer said. “My brother told me today it’s like going through high school again. You’ve got to earn your stripes. So it’s going to be tough but I can’t wait for it. I can’t wait.”
Stovall considered New Haven, Stonehill College and Wagner but ultimately fell in love with Marist’s campus and made his decision. The tight end broke his leg in the 2012 season and traveled a long road from that frightening moment to Wednesday’s signing.
“It’s been rough. Sitting in the hospital bed, thinking about where you’re going to end up after an injury like this when you think about football 24/7, it’s difficult,” Stovall said. “But my family and my friends were behind me the whole time so I knew I was going to get back on my feet.”
Stovall credited Stepinac with preparing him, both athletically and academically, for the joy of National Signing Day. He gave a verbal commitment to Marist on his official visit two weeks prior and finally put pen to paper Wednesday.
“It was just an amazing feeling. I’ve been dreaming about this day for a long time,” Stovall said.
Pomposello, an offensive lineman for the Crusaders, gave a verbal commitment New Haven last weekend after he also considered C.W. Post and Merrimack College. On Wednesday, he made it official alongside his two teammates.
“It’s awesome. It’s awesome. Sweating and bleeding with these guys for the last couple of years, (it’s a) big accomplishment not only for me, but for us,” Pomposello said. “We all worked really, really hard.”