Paul Magloire, a key part of the Lynbrook Owls 2010 , signed with Appalachian State University on National Signing Day Wednesday morning in front of his family and former coach.
The Lynbrook resident played his freshman year at Milford Academy in upstate New York and drew heavy interest from schools like Rutgers out of high school. The 6'1" dual-threat quarterback is ranked as a two-star prospect at Rivals.com.
Magloire said his reason for choosing the school, located in Boone, North Carolina, was because of the atmosphere at Brewer Stadium, which holds more than 20,000 people, and because of the team's offensive system, which is tailored for a quarterback like Magloire who can both run and throw.
"They called coach out of high school," Magloire said. "I love it there, walking out on that field. Playing in front of that crowd and having people cheer for you. It's something you can't describe."
Lynbrook football coach Steve LoCicero said it was decided in 2010 that they wanted Magloire to "mature a year at prep school" before signing with a program. It looks like it paid off, as Magloire excelled both on the football field and in the classroom his freshman year.
"This couldn't happen to a better person," LoCicero said.
Magloire plans to study communications, and said his biggest influence is his mother, Mireille.
"It's her and the people who helped pushed me to be my best," Magloire said. "My coaches in high school, in prep school and my friends, who told me to keep working hard and you can do something big."
The Mountaineers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and are members of the Southern Conference. They are known by many in the sports community for their huge upset over Michigan in 2007.
Although Magloire did not see that big win over Michigan, he could help the Mountaineers repeat history in 2013 in a rematch with the Wolverines.
"I’ve got a senior ahead of me [on the depth chart] but after he leaves I can possibly be a starter, so we’ll see," he said. "It would be a big challenge."
Although it's exciting to think about Magloire's individual potential, he said he is just focused on doing all that he can do to help the team.
"I’m just going to take it one year at a time," he said. "My main goal is to help the team win -- even if I don’t play, I’m just going to try and be a good person and be a role model to somebody."