It’s not often that our eyes open and our ears perk up over an incoming Connecticut high school football freshman. But, thanks to Florida State, here we are.
The college football power has offered a scholarship to 15-year old Connecticut resident Drew Pyne, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound middle school quarterback who led New Fairfield’s Pop Warner team to two consecutive state titles and, last December, the nation semifinals in Orlando, Fla.
And, get this, Florida State was just the second NCAA Division I FBS team to offer the eighth-grader. Nope, he picked up his first offer from South Alabama just four days earlier.
— Drew Pyne (@dpyne6) March 27, 2016
— Drew Pyne (@dpyne6) March 23, 2016
Signing day for young Drew will be Feb. 5, 2020. So there’s a long and intense recruiting period ahead.
This shouldn’t come as huge surprise. His family has football in its blood. Pyne’s father, George Pyne, was a captain and an All-Ivy League lineman at Brown. George’s father, grandfather and brother played professional football. George Pyne and is a former president of IMG Sports and Entertainment, a former CEO of NASCAR and the founder and CEO of Bruin Sports Capital, according to a story in the Orlando Sentinel.
His older son, Brendan Pyne will be playing at Brown next fall. He’s the first IMG Academy football player to go to an Ivy League school, according to the Sentinel. IMG Academy is a private athletic training school located in Bradenton, Fla. owned by IMG.
Though George Pyne confirmed Drew’s offers, he declined to comment on the record for the Sentinel’s story.
Adding to the story, Dave Stewart of the New Canaan Advertiser reported that Pyne’s family had been living in Rye, N.Y. and moved to New Canaan just this week.
We don’t need to tell you what that means.
SPOILER ALERT: He’ll be attending three-time defending Class L champion New Canaan High School.
Here’s the young man’s Pop Warner highlights, which has already been viewed 27,000 times on YouTube.