35° Good Morning
35° Good Morning

Hofstra's Jackolski verbally commits to Stony Brook

Hofstra's freshman Quaterback #16 Steve Probst hands the

Hofstra's freshman Quaterback #16 Steve Probst hands the ball off to #30 Brock Jackolski. (October 25, 2008) Credit: Joe Rogate

Stony Brook University has added Hofstra transfer Brock Jackolski of Floyd to its dazzling array of former Suffolk high school football stars.

Jackolski, who will be a junior, joins transfer Miguel Maysonet from Hofstra, which dropped football two weeks ago. "It's going to be real exciting to watch everything unfold,'' Jackolski said Friday after verbally committing to the Seawolves.

Jackolski, who also considered Towson and New Hampshire, was a two-way player at Hofstra but will be used primarily on offense when he joins Stony Brook.

"I met with coach [Chuck] Priore, we sat down and talked football,'' Jackolski said. "He told me how he would utilize me and I feel like it will be to my benefit. I really like everybody at Stony Brook. It was almost like a no-brainer going there.''

With Jackolski in the fold, Stony Brook's roster will include four winners of the Hansen Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in Suffolk. Eddie Gowins, the 2006 recipient from Bellport, will be entering his junior year and is destined to become Stony Brook's all-time leading rusher. Jackolski won in 2007. Maysonet, from Riverhead, was named in 2008. Incoming quarterback JeVahn Cruz of Half Hollow Hills West was a co-winner this year.

Jackolski's transition to his new team should be seamless. "They are all guys I know of,'' he said. "I look forward to getting to know what they are about.''

Two other Hofstra players also found new schools. Wide receiver Aaron Weaver of Baldwin and tight end Jose Cruz, of Pennsylvania, committed to Syracuse. Each has a year of eligibility.

Weaver hopes playing at Syracuse will lead to a shot at the pros. "That's in the back of my head,'' he said, "but just being one of the last players that ever played Hofstra football is kind of a weight on your shoulders, so you definitely want go out there and perform. Three weeks ago, my whole world was turned upside down. To be in position to make something good out of this is a blessing.''

Syracuse added two Nassau CC players, tackle Michael Hay and linebacker Orlando Fisher.

New York Sports