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National Signing Day Moves WNY Stars to Next Level

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Buffalo: National Signing Day Moves WNY Stars to Next Level
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On National Signing Day, several Western New York football players made their commitments for the next four years.

It was a special day at Canisius High School, as eight seniors signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at the Division I college level.

On the gridiron, lineman Ryan Hunter made it official with Bowling Green. He didn't allow a single sack as a senior, while earning First Team All-State honors.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Denzel Benton will take his talents to Rhode Island.

Benton finished his career with more than 1,600 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.

"You couldn't ask for a better finish. To be able to continue my football career with a full scholarship to Bowling Green, a school I've grown to love over the past couple months in the recruiting process. It's just a storybook ending, really," said Hunter.

"It's always been my dream to play D-1 football ever since I was like five years old, I've always wanted to play D-1 and try to go pro, that's my goal. So going D-1 to Rhode Island, I think I have my best chance of being able to play," said Benton.

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And a pair of local standouts have signed to play Division 1 college football at Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh.

West Seneca East's Andy Smigiera starred at quarterback, defensive back and kicker for the Trojans. He was recruited as a safety with the Colonials. Williamsville South's Chaq Nettles is also headed to RMU. As a senior, Nettles had nearly a thousand yards receiving and 18 touchdowns for the Billies.

Congrats to all the local signees.

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