The University at Buffalo’s Class of 2018 has a bit of Western New York flavor to it.
The Bulls announced 14 initial signees for their incoming recruiting class on Wednesday, the first day of a new 72-hour period where recruits can sign early instead of waiting until February.
Of those 14 players, three played at area high schools and three more are from the state of New York.
West Seneca West quarterback Matt Myers, this year’s Buffalo News Player of the Year and Connolly Cup recipient, headlines the list of locals. He led the Indians to a perfect 13-0 record and NYSPHSAA Class A championship while accounting for more than 3,000 yards and 46 touchdowns.
“We were only taking one quarterback and to keep it local I think is huge for our program,” UB coach Lance Leipold said. “It’s huge for this community as we continue to want to build it with players from this area, and I hope people here in Western New York take the opportunity to watch this young man play because we think he’s going to be special.”
Sweet Home running back Dylan McDuffie also signed Wednesday, as did Cole Burniston, who graduated from Canisius last spring. The tight end/H-back was one of four players who agreed to delay enrollment until January.
Other players from New York include defensive back Cory Gross Jr. (Brockport) and offensive linemen Mike Novitsky (Victor) and Dan Fedor (Elmira).
“Equally as important in this class is the opportunity that I think in our short time yet here that we had our most success recruiting Western New York,” Leipold said. “We thought it was an outstanding year of prospects, and we’re excited that we were able to keep some Buffalo natives and guys that have played their high school football in this area home to play as well as other players from Western New York.”
Rounding out the class were brothers James (LB) and Jaret (RB) Patterson, LB Max Michel, DT Eddie Wilson, OL Tyler Leroux, WR LeMaro Smith Jr and junior college defensive linemen DeShondrick Foxworth and Atunaisa Vainikolo, who’s from Hawaii.