Did somebody declare this National Commitment Day?
It certainly felt that way in New Canaan where not one or two but three players all made their verbal commitments to play for major NCAA Football Bowl Division programs within hours of each other.
Quarterback Drew Pyne kicked off New Canaan’s announcement trifecta by declaring he would be signing to play at the University of Notre Dame, following a path first carved by All-American Pete Demmerle and lineman Conor Hanratty (the son of ND great Terry).
Pyne is only a junior, so his actual signing day will be in late 2019 or early 2020. He’s the first of Notre Dame’s 2020 class to give his verbal.
The University of Notre Dame
— Drew Pyne (@dpyne10) April 16, 2018
That was a 1:10 p.m.
As we were processing that development four hours later, New Canaan’s Two Jacks — aka towering offensive linemen Jack Conley and Jack Stewart — both decided to declare their verbal commitments, as well, because… hey, why not?
Conley, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound monster at OT, chose Boston College, following former New Canaan All-stater Zach Allen, who will be a senior at Chestnut Hill this fall.
I am very blessed and honored to announce that I have committed to play football at Boston College! Thank you very much to all the coaches who extended me an offer to attend and play for their universities. #Soar #DecideToFly #BC23’ pic.twitter.com/rkWppiIkqz
— Jack Conley (@jack_conley77) April 16, 2018
That was at 5:07 p.m.
A little over two hours later, the equally large Stewart (6-5, 275) cast his lot with Michigan, joining several other Connecticut natives including Hamden’s Tarik Black, Newtown’s Ben Mason and Darien’s Andrew Steuber.
— Jack Stewart (@jackstewartnc74) April 16, 2018
All three players made their decisions after receiving a wealth of attention and offers from a who’s who of FBS schools.
Wracking our brains, we can’t recall many CIAC schools having a day like this. New Canaan, which fell two wins short of a fifth-straight Class L title last season, will march into the 2018 season with three FBS Recruits. Three.
We know Connecticut has had its share of stacked teams, but how many times have teams gone into the year with three major recruits all accounted for?
Not many and not recently.
New Canaan, as you would expect, is quite giddy about these developments:
An unprecedented day for New Canaan football. We are so proud of Drew Pyne, Jack Stewart and Jack Conley on their respective committments to Notre Dame, Michigan and Boston College. A great day for these student-athletes, their families and the entire town of New Canaan. #cthsfb
— New Canaan Football (@NewCanaanFB) April 16, 2018
Good football day for an April, for sure.