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Signing Day: Where football players are headed, including Eman, Bowen, O'Connell

As has been the case in recent years, most of the activity concerning local high school players officially signing with major colleges on Signing Day is focused on the University at Buffalo.

* Here's UB's list thanks to Rodney McKissic at the Campus Watch blog, which includes Williamsville South quarterback Joe Licata, Niagara Falls quarterback Dale Stewart and Depew lineman John Kling.

* Williamsville North's Glenn Gronkowski has verbally committed to Kansas State (Gronkowski -- younger brother of the three playing currently in the NFL -- is not yet on K-State's Web list but I imagine that might be one of those weather-aided delays) (UPDATE: Gronkowski's bio has been added to the site).

An interesting theme developing today is how the storm has affected the machinations of signing day. With many high schools closed -- not just here but throughout the Midwest -- and even UB closed for the day, the actual signings have been delayed in some cases. That's because players would often send their "signed" letter of intent to colleges via fax.

Signing Day is largely for the Footbal Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A to you and me), but there are several local players headed to play football in college.

Here are some that have been reported to us:

* Canisius quarterback Travis Eman has signed with Furman.

* Iroquois lineman Brad Bowen is headed to the University at Albany, according to sources.

* Kevin O'Connell, a receiver and defensive back at Williamsville South, will play at Colgate.

* Akron's Tyler Zbytek will play at Bucknell.

* St. Joe's punter Anthony LaMancusa will play at Robert Morris.

* Riverside linebacker Willie Jefferson will play at Georgia Military College, one of the top junior colleges in the country.

We will be putting together our Class of 2011 list of student-athletes going on to play collegiate sports (at all levels) in the near future.

For any signing information for any sport, any level, email me at [email protected] (linked on my name below).

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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