In an interview earlier this summer, Binghamton All-American Donnie Vinson talked about how committed the new coaching staff was to compiling a top recruiting class this year.
The Bearcats are certainly off to a great start, as Shenendehowa All-American Nick Kelley gave his verbal pledge to the CAA school on Friday, a few weeks after Canastota’s Zack Zupan did the same.
Kelley, a future 141 pounder, made a splash this summer when he took fourth place at 132 pounds at the Freestyle Junior Nationals at Fargo in a bracket full of acclaimed grapplers. It wasn’t the first time on a national podium for the Section 2 star, as he took fifth at FloNationals in 2011 and third at NHSCA Freshman Nationals in 2010.
Intermat’s #93 senior recruit has been a standout in New York for years, as he first qualified for the state tournament as a seventh grader. He has made the podium in the Empire State on multiple occasions, including a third place showing at 132 pounds in 2012. Kelley is currently ranked #9 in the country by Flowrestling at 132 and will look for his first state title in February, likely up a weight, for the Plainsmen.
Please check back for a full story on Nick Kelley’s commitment in the coming days.
Just to repeat my comment on facebook—-” Great pick-up for the Bearcats…That gives them the #1 and #2 ranked seniors in the class of 2013. This marks the third time in the past four years that BU has landed the top overall recruit in the Empire State.”
2013- Zupan or Kelley (depending on who you ask)
2011- Nick Gwiazdowski
2010- Tyler Beckwith