By Keith McShea
Brad Zaffram, a first-team All-Western New York football player for Sweet Home as a sophomore this past season, will transfer to Canisius next year.
Zaffram tweeted the news this afternoon and confirmed his transfer to The News via Twitter direct message a few minutes ago. A Canisius football source has confirmed the transfer as well.
The tweet, from his protected @BradZaffram account, read: "On my way to canisius to finalize it with a signature".
Sweet Home has won six straight Section VI Class A titles and advanced to the state championship game this year. Canisius won the Monsignor Martin Association title during an undefeated season and was the No. 1 large school in The News final poll.
The 6-foot, 205-pound Zaffram had a tremendous season for the Panthers, especially during the postseason. He delivered hit after hit from his linebacker spot while he was an offensive weapon as well.
From his first-team capsule in this year's All-WNY football issue:
"Made All-WNY in his first varsity season. Excelled at WR/LB/SS and on special teams. Scored receiving TD in state championship game. Was all over the field in state semifinal (INT, rushing TD, receiving TD, nine tackles). Helped rally Panthers to 28-21 overtime win over Eastridge making key tackles during Eastridge’s only OT possession."
This move is a huge one because rare is the football sophomore who had the impact that Zaffram had last year. It is a rarity for a sophomore to earn All-WNY honors of any kind; Zaffram was a first teamer.
Meanwhile, the addition of Zaffram to Canisius only strengthens a team that already had plenty coming back from one of the most successful seasons in recent Western New York history.
At the top of the list of returning players is running back Qadree Ollison, who shared News Player of the Year honors last year and has already been offered scholarships from 11 Division I programs, including: Wisconsin, Iowa, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Cincinnati, Boston College, Rutgers, Connecticut, Nevada and the University at Buffalo.
More details to come in the next week or so.
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