Santoro, Stamm sign with Tiffin to play football
From staff reports
TIFFIN — The tandem responsible for arguably the most memorable catch in Bellevue High School football history will remain teammates following graduation this spring.
BHS seniors Jalen Santoro and Trent Stamm have each signed national letters of intent to play football collegiately at Tiffin University, a Division II school in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Wednesday was National Signing Day for all NCAA Division I and II football programs in the country, when college and universities can first receive signed commitments from high school student-athletes.
Santoro and Stamm were part of Bellevue’s state runner-up and regional championship team in 2012.
In the Division III, Region 10 semifinal game against Perkins in November, Stamm caught the game-tying touchdown pass from Santoro with no time left on the fourth-quarter clock.
Bellevue won the game on a PAT, 28–27, to advance to the regional championship.
The win sparked a run to the state championship game, where Bellevue had never advanced in program history.
Tiffin University is a NCAA Division II school that competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
TU is coached by Gary Goff, who is entering his third season with the Dragons.
“I’m excited about each and every one of the players that we brought in,” Goff said in a statement.
“In addition to be good athletes, they are good kids. They are excited to be part of the Tiffin football program. I give the credit to my staff. They did a great job of getting out there and bringing these players into the program. We have five players who were conference and/or state players of the year. That’s a great accomplishment for our team.”
Santoro is one of the five players, after being named Division III co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. Goff mentioned Santoro in his statement about TU’s recruiting class.
“He’s a versatile athlete who could play at a number of positions for us,” Goff said.
In total, TU signed 25 recruits Wednesday, including McComb’s Jerry Brown, the Division VI Offensive Player of the Year.
TU is a program seeking to turn the corner. After an 0–11 season in Goff’s first season, the Dragons went 3–8 last season.