Dreams become reality for four Viera football players


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Four Viera High football players made it official Wednesday, signing their National Letter of Intent forms to play football at the next level: Pictured (from l-r) are Tim DeMorat, Brandon Mays, Miguel Rodriguez and Trey Schaneville.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy April Cruz

Signing day is always a special time for any high school athlete.

After all, it’s the culmination of a lot of hard work … so that they can keep working even harder. And it’s the realization of a lifelong dream being answered.

Such was the case for four Viera High football players on Wednesday night.

Brandon Mays signed to play football for the Army, while Miguel Rodriguez signed with Southern Illinois, Tim DeMorat with Fordham and Trey Schaneville with Florida Tech.

“This day meant the most to me … just the fact who I was committing to and the boys I was signing with,” Rodriguez said. “It was just a special day for all of us.

“Of course that’s all a football player dream is get a scholarship and play college football. We made it to the easy part. Soon to come, it’s going to be hard, but worth it.”

The senior defensive end said he plans to major in sports medicine or sports therapy at Southern Illinois.

As for why he decided to become a Saluki, Rodriguez said a lot of it had to do with the coaching staff.

“I just had a great vibe with them,” he said. “It felt like home already and plus, I got a couple boys already there.”

A connection with the staff is also what DeMorat said made Fordham University the right choice for him.

“I think what set Fordham apart was the relationship I built with the coaches and specifically the QB (coach), and the fact that Fordham is a very good school and I will get a good education,” he said.

He is leaning toward becoming a business major.

DeMorat said Wednesday was a special day because he has wanted to play Division I football since he was a little kid and now he’s going to get a chance to live out that dream.

The fact that he could take advantage of the early signing period just made it easier.

“I’m definitely relieved to have it all done so now I can just focus on finishing school and getting bigger and stronger for college,” he said.

In talking about what a special day it was, Schaneville wanted to recognize and thank all of the people who have supported him along the way.

“Because without them, I would not be in this position today,” he said.

The kicker, who plans to major in sports management, said there were a lot of things to like about the Panthers and coach Steve Englehart.

“Florida Tech seemed like the perfect opportunity and perfect fit for me,” he said. “I love the direction that the program is going in and I feel like I have an opportunity to compete for a starting job right when I get there.”

If that weren’t enough, Schaneville – who is also a standout basketball player for the Hawks – is going to get a chance to play some hoops for coach Billy Mims and the Panthers as well.

Mays, a four-year starter at linebacker for the Hawks, couldn’t have been happier than to sign with the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“This day means I’ve finally made a lifelong dream a reality and it feels great,” he said “And West Point set itself apart just by what it can do for me and how it can challenge me to be the best version of myself and at the same time, I can play FBS-level football.”

Mays said he was happy to make everything official and that his commitment to the U.S. military might last a lot longer than his scholarship.

“I can definitely see myself making it a career,” he said. “I hope to make it happen.”