HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. - It's a dream come true for Holland Patent senior Bryce Dare, who signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Seton Hill in Pennsylvania, Wednesday.
Dare made the commitment official in the Holland Patent High School auditorium, putting pen to paper to become a member of the NCAA Division II Griffins program.
"[It's] a step in the right direction," said Dare. "Being able to go somewhere to compete at a high level to play football, that's always been one of my biggest dreams. So to be able to make that come true today is a big deal for me."
Dare has been on the Golden Knights varsity football team since 2017. He plays on both sides of the ball, primarily running back on offense and middle linebacker on defense.
He helped the Knights capture the Section III Class B title, the program's first since 1989, in 2018 during his sophomore season. In his junior year, he received a bulk of the carries as the top running back on the depth chart.
Still holding out hope for a senior season at Holland Patent in March, Dare said he is looking forward to the chance to step on the college football field with a program that is on the rise.
"[The decision] just comes down to what they're trying to build there," he said. They're trying to build a good program, they're trying to get back on the map as far as D-II colleges go. Coach Daniel Day has done a really good job bringing the program back to being up there with the rest of the D-II programs."
Dare also competed on the varsity wrestling team at Holland Patent since 2016.