Cicero-North Syracuse seniors Lorenzo Thompson, Reis Spicer, Lukas Merluzzi and Tyler Days pose during a signing ceremony Thursday at CNS.
2/9/2018 5:54 AM

It was a day late, but the thrill of putting pen to paper, even ceremonially, was a big one for four Cicero-North Syracuse seniors.  Tyler DaysLukas MerluzziReis Spicer and Lorenzo Thompson - all standouts on the Northstars' 11-1 football team - sat on the high school stage in front of friends, family and coaches in a brief ceremony today.  "It's been a dream come true," said Days, who is headed to Boston College as a defensive back. "I've been dreaming of this since I can remember. For it to become reality is just crazy."  Spicer, who is headed to Central Connecticut State as a lineman, said he's been working ever since he was a kid to earn a shot at college football.  "It's amazing," said Merluzzi, who hopes to play wide receiver at Stony Brook next fall.  Merluzzi said he was more of a basketball player as a youth, but he fell in love with football in high school. He also carries a 97 average and was the C-NS winner of a scholar-athlete award from the CNY chapter of the National Football Foundation.  Thompson said he had butterflies as he sat onstage with everyone looking on.  "I'm excited to go to Rhode Island and play football at the next level," he said.  Each of the four was an All-Central New York selection and earned all-state honors in Class AA.  C-NS earned the first sectional football title in school history and advanced to the state playoff semifinals.  "This is a historic day," C-NS athletics director Tim Bednarski said of the school having four players headed to Division I programs.  "It's awesome. This is a great group of kids," Northstars football coach Dave Kline said. "The whole senior class is amazing this year. These guys are blessed with attributes that not everybody has. And they took advantage of them."  The ceremony was originally scheduled for Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA college signing period for football and other sports. But all of the area schools were closed Wednesday due to the weather.


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