Stony Brook University is about to land another former Long Island high school football star. Running back Miguel Maysonet of Riverhead, considered the top underclassman from the now-disbanded Hofstra team, said Friday that he intends to enroll at Stony Brook.
"I have verbally committed; I just haven't signed anything yet,'' Maysonet said. "But I did tell them I'm going there. It's 100 percent. I'm really excited.''
Maysonet would join Eddie Gowins of Bellport in the Stony Brook backfield, giving the Seawolves two former winners of the Hansen Award, given to the best Suffolk high school player each year (Gowins won in 2006 and Maysonet in 2008). Stony Brook also has a verbal commitment from Half Hollow Hills West quarterback JeVahn Cruz, co-winner of this year's Hansen.
Also on SBU's radar is Brock Jackolski, the 2007 Hansen winner from Floyd. Jackolski's signing is less certain; he also is considering Towson and New Hampshire, his father, Robert, said Friday night.
Maysonet was slated to redshirt at Hofstra in 2009, but his ability convinced coach Dave Cohen to use him in all 11 games. Despite playing sparingly - he averaged only seven carries in a veteran backfield - Maysonet led Hofstra in rushing with 385 yards on only 78 carries. He averaged a team-leading 4.9 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns.
Paperwork related to his transfer from Hofstra must be completed before Maysonet can officially sign. A person at Stony Brook could not predict when the transfer process will be concluded.
Maysonet is looking forward to teaming with Gowins. "Eddie's a great player,'' Maysonet said. "I got the chance to play [against] him back in my ninth-grade year and he basically ran all over us. I'm really excited to play with him.''
Two other former Hofstra players also are moving on. Sophomore quarterback Steve Probst of Farmingdale has committed to Rhode Island and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jordy Paulemon of Brentwood is going to Villanova.
Probst became a valuable commodity to Hofstra in his freshman year of 2008 when an injury sidelined starting quarterback Cory Christopher. He started five games and threw for 951 yards and seven touchdowns. He alternated with Christopher this season and finished his Hofstra career with 1,417 yards and 12 touchdown passes.
Paulemon said Rhode Island, Stony Brook and Fordham also expressed interest, but "all around, football, academically and location, Villanova was all good for me.''
Hofstra running backs Kwabena Asante (Hicksville) and Chris Edmond (Freeport) visited Le Moyne College in Houston. Asante said he also will visit Albany and Wagner. Offensive lineman Anthony Dima (Centereach), also on Stony Brook's wish list, is visiting Massachusetts this weekend.