Ian Syblis opting for graduate school 

February, 11, 2011
At his mother's urging, Ian Syblis (Everett, Mass./Cheshire Academy) stopped playing high school football following his freshman season at Everett High School. After focusing on track and field for two years, Syblis resumed his football career at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy last season.

"My mom didn't want me to play football because she thought I'd get hurt," said Syblis. "I really enjoyed doing track, but when I watched football I felt like I had a better chance to do that at the college level. There are a lot of fast guys out there, and I've always been a football player who had track speed, not a track athlete who plays football."

Syblis started at wide receiver and defensive back for Cheshire, which posted an 8-1 record last season. After he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at a Penn State two-day camp last year, the Nittany Lions gave Syblis his first verbal offer. He also received a verbal offer from Maine, but has opted for a post-graduate year with the hope of attracting more offers. He's considering the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H., and the Kiski School is Saltsburg, Pa.