Three members of Boardman's playoff football team signed their letters of intent to continue their football careers in college next year.
On Feb. 1 inside the school athletic lobby, quarterback Ryan Pollifrone, running back Devin Campbell and lineman Zack Zidian all affixed their signatures to letters making their decisions official. Pollifrone will continue his quarterbacking career at Ohio Dominican in Columbus, Campbell will be running at Buffalo and Zidian will play defensive line for Duquesne. All three players are former All-Federal League selections and share a common quality that they'll to their colleges.
"I bring a lot of confidence," said Pollifrone sounding like the field general he was at Boardman. "(Ohio Dominican) runs a similar offense (to what Pollifrone ran at Boardman) so I should be able to learn it quickly. They put a lot on the quarterback, which I like."
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Boardman High School hoted a triple signing Feb. 1 as Zack Zidian signed his letter of intent to continue his football career at Duquesne University, along with fellow players Devin Campbell, who signed with Buffalo University, and Ryan Polifrone, who signed with Ohio Dominican.
The soft-spoken Campbell also has confidence that he will be able to step right in and contribute at Buffalo.
"If I work hard I have a good chance of playing as a freshman," he said certainly.
Zidian, meanwhile, cited his one year with rookie Boardman head coach Mark D'Eramo as a building block towards his ability to step on the field in the fall at Duquesne.
"Coach made us know that good character will get us far in life," said the 6-2, 280-pound behemoth. "I have good character."
Also good are the 2011 numbers of Zidian's teammates. The 6-2 Pollifrone has the size to be a super signal caller and he also has the stats. He threw for 1100 yards and 11 touchdowns in '11. Pollifrone also rushed for a pair of scores. The number the quarterback likes best about Ohio Dominican, however, is the number of miles from Boardman to Columbus.
"It's close to home," he said smiling. "It's also a private school, but it's in the big city. I enjoyed the people there and loved the coaching staff."
Campbell loved when Pollifrone would turn and hand him the ball in the Boardman backfield. He rushed for nearly 1,200 yards as a senior and had 400 receiving yards with 22 total touchdowns. Campbell averaged 8.5 yards per carry, which impressed Buffalo's coaching staff. What impressed Campbell the most about his new school was the atmosphere on campus.
"I like the area," he said emphatically. "It reminded me a lot of home. The people and the environment were big factors (in his choosing Buffalo). They made me feel like they really wanted me."
Zidian also felt wanted by the people from the school in Pittsburgh and knows he will do his best to impress the coaches from the start of summer camp.
"I know if I work hard I'll have a good chance of playing," said Zidian.
All three former Spartans made the most of their chances while at Boardman and that has propelled them to this position. Each player wanted to acknowledge Spartan Nation for helping them succeed.
"Thanks to everyone in Boardman for their support," said Pollifrone. "After I left Struthers (and transferred to Boardman) they really made me feel accepted."
Campbell didn't transfer into Boardman, but his sentiments were similar to his former quarterback.
"The people of Boardman always supported me," said Campbell sincerely. "It's been a long road and I thank them for being there."
Zidian shared his thanks as well and then made it even more specific.
"I thank coach D'Eramo, the people of Boardman and my family for everything," said the large lineman.
Knowing the closeness of Spartan Nation, they certainly thank all three of you back too.