Hartford’s all-state lineman Michael Dulac has made a verbal commitment to play football for Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I, next season.
After a recruiting process that lasted for nearly three years and after mulling offers from eight schools in recent months, Dulac selected Bryant, a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA) school that competes in the Northeast Conference, over nearby Dartmouth. Dulac notified Bryant on Sunday night.
“It feels good to end it and know where I’ll be playing. I really tried to think through every little thing, to make sure I was making the right decision,” Dulac said. “Once I committed, that’s it, I feel 100 percent confident with my decision.”
The Burlington Free Press’ football player of the year, Dulac, at 6-foot-3, 270 pounds, led the Hurricanes to three straight Division I state championships. A lineman who played both sides of the ball, Dulac started every game of his high school career — 43 in all — and was named Gatorade’s Vermont football player of the year after helping Hartford gain 4,056 yards on the ground and complete a second straight undefeated season.
Dulac also considered Albany, Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Wagner, Stonehill and Assumption. Dulac said he plans to sign his letter-of-intent with Bryant next week, finalizing his scholarship offer.