IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington High School football coach Mike Oliva will be a busy man this fall between preparing his Bulldogs during the 2012 season and keeping track of former players who will be in college. Seniors Kevin Degnan, Chris DiNardo, Jamie Silverberg and Jonah Rosenblum have all decided to continue playing in college. Degnan and Silverberg will continue to be teammates at Western New England University in Massachusetts. They will also be roommates. DiNardo, also a Section 1 Division II 285-pound wrestling champion, will be going to Curry College in Massachusetts and Rosenblum is heading west, to Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. Degnan was getting looks from SUNY Cortland, Pace University, William Paterson University in New Jersey and Springfield College in Massachusetts, where older brother, Sean, plays. He narrowed it down to Springfield and Western New England. My best offers were Springfield and Western New England, Degnan said. Springfield wanted me to potentially start at fullback and Western New England to potentially start at outside linebacker. However, being that Sean goes to Springfield, it pushed me away, a little bit, because I wanted to go into college being my own person and have a fresh start. I also spoke to some others who went to Western New England and heard nothing but positive comments. Silverberg also liked what he heard about Western New England. I chose Western New England because they offer the best situation for me, Silverberg said. I know I will feel at home playing there. Degnan and I have decided to room together and I feel this will help us transition into college and the fast-paced play of college football. At the next level I expect the game to be very different. The size and physical ability of the players will be much greater then in high school. This commitment to football will help push me to become a better player.
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