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AMSTERDAM – For some time, Vinnie Nicosia thought he’d be playing football next season for Bob Ford’s University at Albany team.
But a recent trip to Colgate University in Hamilton changed everything for Nicosia, who is as talented on the offensive side of the ball as he is on the defensive side.
Vinnie Nicosia, a four-year varsity football player at Amsterdam High, has given Colgate University an oral commitment to play football for coach Dick Biddle beginning this fall.
In a 2:30 p.m. ceremony today at Amsterdam High, the senior will sign a letter of intent to play for the Red Raiders. Coach Dick Biddle’s team went 7-4 in 2007.
“I’m pretty relieved,” Nicosia said Monday afternoon.
Nicosia visited the Colgate campus on an official visit Jan. 19-20, and then members of the Colgate coaching staff came to visit the senior at his home Jan. 22. He selected Colgate over the University at Albany.
“That was the hardest part,” Nicosia said regarding his ultimate decision to pick Colgate. “I thought I was going to UAlbany.
“It’s a prestigious school, an academic school. You can’t beat that education and that degree. As far as football, I liked the staff and their facilities, and they play in a good conference.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Nicosia earned first-team All-Area Large School honors from the Times Union in 2006 (defensive back) and 2007 (wide receiver). He will play safety at Colgate. Nicosia helped Amsterdam capture the state Class A title in 2005.
Nicosia, a first team All-Area Large selection by the Times Union in 2006 (defensive back) and 2007 (wide receiver), will play safety at Colgate. He helped Amsterdam capture the state Class A title in 2005.
He will sign his national letter of intent Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 in a ceremony at Amsterdam High.
“I’m glad for Vinnie, as long as he is happy,” Amsterdam coach Pat Liverio said. “I feel bad for Bob (Ford, UAlbany’s coach). Once Vinnie made the trip to Colgate, he just fell in love with everything.”
Among the other schools interested in Nicosia were Maine, UMass and Holy Cross.
“I’m very happy. I got a great package from Colgate,” said Nicosia, a top student who wants to major in business. He has an eye toward a career in sports management.
“Colgate is a great school. It is one of the best in the country,” Nicosia said. “I really liked the football program and the coaching staff.
“They want to put me at the safety spot, and move another guy to nickleback. Going in and getting that opportunity is a big plus. I know I have to work to get that spot, though. They’re not going to just give it to me.”
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