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Floyd's Stacey Bedell picks James Madison

Floyd RB Stacey Bedell #21, cuts back through

Floyd RB Stacey Bedell #21, cuts back through the hole for some rushing yards against Longwood. (Nov. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: George A. Faella

Floyd tailback Stacey Bedell will attend James Madison University on a football scholarship, he announced Thursday night on MSG Varsity's High School SportsDesk.

"I had a great bond with the coaching staff," Bedell said.

"First off, I started with the academics. That was the most important thing in me picking a school."

James Madison, located in Harrisonburg, Va., is considered one of the top programs in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

JMU won a national championship in 2004 and advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs this season.

Bedell was named a co-winner of Newsday's Hansen Award earlier this month as the most outstanding football player in Suffolk, sharing the award with Sachem North's Dalton Crossan.

Bedell rushed for 2,532 yards, the fourth-highest single-season total in Long Island history. His 39 total touchdowns tied him for third on the single-season list.

In last month's Long Island Class I championship game, Bedell rushed for an LIC-record 412 yards and had four touchdown runs of at least 51 yards as Floyd defeated East Meadow, 54-47. That followed his 36-carry, 258-yard performance in the Suffolk I championship game against Sachem North.

Bedell's announcement marks the end of a drawn-out recruitment process. He verbally committed to Villanova in July but decommitted in September.

"[Villanova] was pretty upset," Bedell told Newsday in September. "But I just didn't think it was the place for me."

It took a few more months of soul-searching, but Bedell finally has found his collegiate home.

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