Kevin Duke, Cody Levy and Brandon Tobin are preparing for the next chapter in their athletic careers — college football.
All three have signed to play next season at the collegiate level, with Duke going to Sacred Heart, Levy to Maine and Tobin to Pace.
Duke and Levy helped Roy C. Ketcham finish with a 6-1 regular-season record and the Section 1 Class AA League 1 title in 2013, and Tobin led Arlington to a 6-3 season.
Duke chose Sacred Heart over New Hampshire, Albany, Delaware, Stetson and Marist and expects to sit out the 2014 season as a redshirt before competing for the starting quarterback job in 2015.
Duke, who hopes to get a master’s in business during his five years at Sacred Heart, is joining a program that finished 10-2 and won the Northeast Conference title in 2013.
“I can’t wait to get there,” Duke said. “The campus is in a great area. It’s an hour away from home and people can visit me to watch a game and not have to travel far.”
Duke threw for 1,776 yards and 17 touchdowns in his senior campaign at Ketcham. He also rushed for 634 yards and five touchdowns.
Levy is heading to an NCAA Division I program coming off a 10-3 campaign and the Colonial Athletic Association championship. He, too, expects to sit out next season as a redshirt and compete for a job on the offensive line in 2015.
“It was a good fit,” Levy said. “They contacted me and the offensive line coach came down here three times to meet with me. I went up there for my visit, liked the facilities and their commitment to win.
“It was everything I wanted.”
Levy anchored a Ketcham offensive line this past season that helped the Indians score an average of 32 points per game.
“Coach (Pat) Keevins is the main reason I became a good football player,” Levy said of his coach at Ketcham. “He pushed me and made me believe in myself and the things I can do.”
Tobin played several positions at Arlington including quarterback, defensive back, punter and kicker. At Pace, he’ll be focusing on the quarterback position for a program that has compiled a 2-47 record over the past five seasons.
Andrew Rondeau, the former defensive coordinator at Holy Cross, became Pace’s head coach in January.
“I took a tour of the school and really liked the coaches and what Pace had to offer,” said Tobin, who is considering finance as his major at the NCAA Division II school in Westchester County.
“They haven’t done well the last few years and the coaches are new. So it’s a fresh start. They should turn it around and we should do a lot better.”
Tobin completed 57 percent of his passes for 966 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season at Arlington. He also ran for 403 yards, averaged 34.13 yards per punt and converted 26 of 31 extra-point attempts.
“I have had the privilege of coaching a handful of very good football players at Arlington during the past seven years,” Arlington coach Dom DeMatteo said. “This young man has demonstrated the ability to excel in a variety of ways better than any player I have ever coached at Arlington.”