St. Joseph’s Jake Reinstein signed his letter of intent for Wofford Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at the school.
Andre Stoddard stopped by St. Joseph’s for a reunion today. He could have waited till the fall, when Jake Reinstein and Jacob Milam will join Stoddard and Austin Mattison at Wofford College.
Stoddard and Mattison are already in the fold, and Milam signed with the Terriers on Feb. 4. Today the school held a ceremony to recognize Reinstein, the Knights’ quarterback, who has committed to Wofford as a preferred walk-on.
“Andre, we’ve been friends for the past 10 years, so he’s like family to us,” Reinstein said. “It’s awesome to be able to play with him at the next level. Jacob and Austin, I’ve been teammates with them since middle school, so it’s going to be fun to play with them also.
“It’s a great opportunity for academics and athletics. I just like how it’s close to home, and my parents will be able to easily come to the games. The campus is beautiful, and it’s a great school. You graduate from there, and you’re pretty much set, and also I get to still play football, which is awesome.”
The Knights’ MVP as a senior, Reinstein amassed more than 4,600 total yards and 60 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He said he’s being brought in as an “athlete,” and he’ll land at “some skill position” after fall camp.
“Over the past two years, every play has started and stopped with him,” St. Joseph’s coach Joe Hyland said. “He’s been a two-time all-state quarterback for us. He’s had a tremendous career in terms of his numbers, but it’s what he’s done behind the scenes, being the person he is. We’re really going to miss that.”
Along with four at or headed to Wofford, St. Joseph’s has three graduates playing at Furman: Joe Schosky, Tucker Genal and Sean Rusnak.
The Knights’ program is just five years old, and at least one player from each of the graduating classes is on a college roster. The list is now in double figures.
“So it’s exciting for us as we build our program here,” Hyland said. “We think over the course of their careers they’re going to contribute to those programs.
“Right away they’re going to contribute as being quality, glue guys … and we’re very proud of them. We count on them to kind of extend the face, and the mission and the brand of what we do here with St. Joseph’s football.”
“We just have a lot of guys that love the game and want to keep playing,” Reinstein said. “Coach Hyland creates great opportunities for us, too. If we need his help, he’s willing to help do whatever he can do to get us in contact with coaches. It helped a lot with me especially.”
Of course, there is a down side.
“It’s a bittersweet day,” Hyland said with a smile, looking at three now ex-Knights in Stoddard, Reinstein and Milam, among others who came in support of Reinstein. “We trust that other good guys will come and want to be a part of what we’re doing football-wise.”