Agent Sean Stellato of Salem has signed Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph and expects the All-American to be chosen in one of the later rounds of this year's NFL Draft.
"He has a legitimate shot at the pros," said Stellato, who led Salem High to the Super Bowl and went on to have the most receptions for Marist College in both 2000 and '01.
Stellato, a certified NFL player agent since 2005 and also an assistant football coach at St. John's Prep, said Randolph's stats back up his claim.
"Randolph led all the top rated quarterbacks in throwing stats; in fact, he threw for more yards than any of them," said Stellato. He compares favorably with (Texas') Colt McCoy, and some people say he reminds them of (Dallas Cowboys QB) Tony Romo or (former Tennessee Titans QB) Steve McNair."
Randolph is the recipient of the Harry Agganis Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding senior football player in New England by the New England Football Writers. He joins Gordie Lockbaum (1987) as the only Crusader to receive this prestigious award.
The Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight season is also a three-time All-League First Team and All-New England selection. Randolph was also a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the National Player of the Year in the football champion subdivision, finishing fifth in the voting this year.
Randolph completed 310 of 485 passes for 3,776 yards and 34 touchdowns in his senior year. He led the nation in total offense, finished second in points responsible for, third in completions and fourth in passing yards. For his career, Randolph connected on 1,131 of 1,786 passes for a total of 13,445 yards and 117 TDs.
He set several Holy Cross records along with the New England collegiate record for most career passing yards. Randolph also broke the NCAA football champion subdivision marks for most consecutive games with a TD pass (42) and most consecutive games with 200 or more passing yards (41).
"He led his team to the first championship in 18 years; he's the real deal," said the 31-year old Stellato, a former arena league player. "He's also a very special kid who is involved in Big Brother and other worthy charities.
Stellato said that Randolph will work out at both the UMass Amherst and Boston College Pro Days coming up in the next month-and-a-half. He'll also get a private workout for NFL scouts at Holy Cross.
"We're very excited about his future. Prep assistant coach Pete Dankert had a great career at Holy Cross, setting the single season sack record, and he's really high on Dominic," Stellato said.
Stellato also represents former Prep and BC tight end Jonathan Loyte of Gloucester. Loyte played for the Mahoning Valley Thunder (Ohio) in the Arena League this season and is in the draft for the new United Gridiron Football League. There is also the possibility he could hook up with an NFL team.
"Jon's been working very hard to stay in top shape," said Stellato. "He's got speed, strength and size. The UNGL is a developmental league that plans to kick off in March after training camp next month. Jon went to a mini camp in Mason, Ohio in October and was lights out; all he needs is an opportunity. Now he's got some great film from the Arena League. We've got some things in the fire, and we'll see what happens."
Tim Hasselbeck, the former Xaverian, Boston College and New York Giants quarterback, is working out with Randolph and Loyte.
Stellato has also been busy doing a lot of marketing work and is an advisor to New England Patriot starting linebacker Gary Guyton.
Last week, Guyton was involved with a Pets In Need fundraiser and is scheduled to make an appearance at Carter's Diamonds and Fine Jewelelry on Route 114 in Danvers next Saturday from 2-4 p.m. to meet with fans and sign autographs. There will also be a question-and-answer session and a couple of raffles. The event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, and Guyton will present the club with a check.
Andrew Irving, a freshman defenseman on the Beverly High hockey squad, is an exciting player to watch. Irving pairs up with senior tri-captain Ryan Gilligan as a starting defensemen for the Panthers.
Hockey is in his genes. His dad, Stu Irving, was a member of the 1972 US silver medalist US Olympic team.
"He's only 14 years old, but he doesn't play like a 14 year old," said BHS head coach Bob Gilligan. "He's got all the tools; he the real deal."
In addition to being a solid defenseman, Irving is also a scoring threat with three goals and seven assists in his team's first 10 games.
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at email@example.com.