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Bulldogs have six sign letters of intent on Feb. 7

February 15, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

In spite of school closings and bad weather, Poland Seminary High School continued with its National Signing Day event on Feb. 7. The signing was moved to the Poland Library that morning since schools were closed. Poland had six members of its football team commit to continuing their career after graduation.

Among those signing was senior safety, slot wide receiver, and return specialist Mike Diaz, son of Kevin and Mandy Diaz. He signed with Youngstown State University as a preferred walk-on who is hoping to earn a scholarship in the future.

"[I chose YSU] because it is close to home and I grew up a Pengiun fan,"Diaz said.

As for saying goodbye to Poland, Diaz said he will miss "playing football with the brothers that he grew up with over the years."

Another preferred walk-on at YSU will be Poland running back and quarterback Jonah Spencer, son of Mike and Maria Spencer.

"I chose Youngstown State because it was a good opportunity to play for a great program and an awesome head coach," Spencer said. "Also, with the big ole Italian family I am in, it is good to stay close to them."

At YSU, Spencer said they want him to play as an athlete, so defensive back and slot receiver are possible positions he may find himself in.

On the academic side, Spencer plans to go into communications, and he will always cherish his time with Poland football.

Leaving Poland, I will miss the relationships I have with my teammates and all the memories that were made,"he said. "Poland football has been in a special place in my heart for so many years and it will remain in my heart forever."

Choosing Notre Dame College was offensive guard Nick Sabrin, son of Jeff and Tammy Sabrin. He will be attending on a partial scholarship while pursuing a business administration degree.

"I chose Notre Dame College because it truly felt like home to me," he said. "The staff and players welcomed me from my first visit. I was always told to go somewhere that wanted me, and at NDC I had just that."

"I am really going to miss playing with the kids I grew up with," he said. "I built a strong bond with them and am excited to make new friendships with my new teammates."

Offensive line/left tackle Drew Davies, son of Jeff and Amy Davies, will continue his football career at Ashland University this fall on a full ride scholarship. Davies said the school is a good fit for what he was looking for.

"I really loved the campus, coaches and players," he said. "Just felt at home. They have a five-year program where I can come out with an MBA and in business that's huge so it was a no brainer for me. Plus the food is really good."

Davies is looking at a major in business, but is not certain of a focus. He said a double major is not out of the question and while not definite, he would consider finance and sports management.

About leaving Poland behind, Davies said, "Probably not having too much responsibility is gonna be what I miss. Don't get me wrong, I had responsibilities throughout high school but they won't compare to the ones I'll have in college. Once I'm there a year or so hopefully I will get in a groove and this won't be the case anymore."

Outside linebacker Cole Lavorini, son of Jim and Kathy Lavorini will be continuing his football career at Baldwin Wallace University. He will be attending on a partial ride scholarship and is not certain of his major, but is looking at something in the business field. He said there are three reasons he chose BW.

"I loved the coaches, the school, and the area that it is in," he said. "I will miss the tradition and brotherhood of playing with the kids who I grew up with."

Also signing was tight end Dante Ruozzo, son of Dom and Kim Ruozzo, who will be continuing his football career at Ohio University as a preferred walk on.

"The coaching staff and the facilities were the two big reason I choose OU," Ruozzo said.

At OU, he will be looking at a degree in marketing. As to what he will miss this fall, he said, "I'll miss the friends that I grew up with and the bond we have created over the years."



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