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Stony Brook football signs three top Long Islanders

Northport quarterback Ryan Walsh scrambles as he looks

Northport quarterback Ryan Walsh scrambles as he looks for an open receiver during the second quarter of a Suffolk I football game against Patchogue-Medford at Half Hollow Hills East on Oct. 1, 2017. Credit: James Escher

Jaidan Jackson is bringing his winning ways to the Stony Brook football program.

Jackson, who was a standout on unbeaten Freeport teams as a sophomore and junior and spent this past fall helping Loganville (Ga.) Grayson complete a 14-0 season by winning the state 7A title, signed with the Seawolves on Wednesday.

The 6-3, 270-pound nose tackle was one of three Long Islanders in the class of 14 signees for Stony Brook. The others were quarterback Ryan Walsh, a Maine transfer who was the 2017 Boomer Esiason Award winner for Northport, and Isaiah Sadler, a 285-pound offensive lineman from Floyd.

"It was my best decision, honestly," said Jackson, whose brother Jordan plays for the Seawolves. "My brother goes there. I know the whole coaching staff. I know half the team. I know the area. And I know the [culture] at Stony Brook and I love it."

Jackson finished this season with 26 tackles, six tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and three sacks. He is 38-0 on a football field.

The 6-3 Walsh committed to Maine out of Northport after completing 66% of his passes for over 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior. He had one college start as a freshman but redshirted last season due to injury.

Sadler started on a line that helped Floyd reach the 2018 and 2019 Long Island Class I championship games — both times falling to Jackson’s Freeport teams — and was part of a line that did not allow a sack in the 2019 season.

Jackson was asked about his favorite memory from playing at Freeport and replied "definitely my sophomore season and winning the [2018] championship game 20-19 [over Floyd]. It was a close game and my brother caught the game-winning pick. . . . I loved getting to brag I got a ring at the LIC."

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