While Syracuse created a splash by signing three top Long Island senior prospects Wednesday, and Stony Brook made waves by inking five more, C.W. Post also tapped the Nassau-Suffolk talent pool.
The Pioneers landed four local players, including three first-team Newsday All-Long Island selections, led by Thorp Award winner Anthony Brunetti of Holy Trinity. Brunetti, who set the Nassau County single-season record for rushing yards in a season in 2009, was the first CHSFL player to win the Thorp in 37 years. He also will play baseball at Post.
Kevin Allen, the Freeport running back sensation who dazzled in the playoffs as an emergency quarterback for the Class I Long Island champion Red Devils, was not only an All-Long Island choice but also was named first-team All-State by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
All-Long Island wide receiver Mike Gallo led Seaford to the Class IV LIC and also was the coaches’ choice as the top receiver in Nassau County. East Meadow’s Rob Bright was the team’s leading rusher and a fine linebacker.
The Pioneers also signed linebacker Maalik McVea of Freeport, an All-Long selection in 2008 who was red-shirted at Hofstra in 2009.
"We are a nationally-recognized Division II program that has had great success in attracting Long Island’s finest players," C.W. Post coach Bryan Collins said.