Star defensive end will sign on Wednesday at the school’s library
By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Kyiev Bennermon verbally committed to play at Boston College back in March, but he will officially be signed and sealed to play at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) school on Wednesday when he puts his autograph on his National Letter of Intent during college football’s early signing period .
Bennermon’s ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in Spackenkill High School’s library.
“I’m really excited about signing early and all of this is still overwhelming,” said Bennermon, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive lineman. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s a dream come true and I’m happy to be living it. I appreciate everyone’s support during this process and get wait to play at Boston College.”
Bennermon expects a large contingent of friends, family coaches and teammates at the signing. He also received attention from, among other schools, Syracuse, Rutgers and UConn. Bennermon was a Section 9 Football Insider first-team all-star this season, finishing with 79 tackles, including 11 for a loss with four sacks, despite being routinely double-teamed.
Bennermon to B.C. serves as a wonderful feel good story. As a freshman, Bennermon checked in at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds. However, by his own admission, he was out of shape and overweight. Bennermon, known as a basketball player at the time, hadn’t played football in seven years. He also struggled in the classroom.
He had 1.8 GPA as a freshman, but has raised it to a 2.4. Bennermon scored a 1350 on his SAT.
“We are all extremely proud of Kyiev and we are excited that he has this opportunity,” Spackenkill coach Clint DeSouza said. “To be able to play in the ACC and for some great coaches at Boston College is amazing. This never happens at Spackenkill, which is a small town school. This is one of the biggest signings in Dutchess County history and in Section 9 in a long time. Kyiev is ready to go and start this new chapter in his life.”