By Dave Stewart
New Canaan High School sophomore Drew Pyne has made a decision on his football future, giving a verbal commitment to Notre Dame.
Pyne, the Rams’ starting quarterback the past two seasons, made the choice during an official visit last week.
“When I was on campus on Thursday, it just felt like home,” Pyne told 247Sports and Irish Illustrated. “It has always been a lifelong dream to play at Notre Dame. I wanted to grow up and pretty much do what Brady Quinn did, and when I visited and I got the feeling of it being home for me, I wanted to commit.”
During his two seasons at NCHS, Pyne has put up remarkably consistent numbers.
As a freshman in the fall of 2016, he threw for 2,347 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and as a sophomore in 2017, he threw for 2,355 yards, 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
His 4,702 passing yards in just two seasons already have him ranked fourth on the Rams’ all-time career list, trailing Matt Milano (6,335), Michael Collins (6,323), and Kurt Horton (5,515).
During the past two seasons, New Canaan has a combined record of 21-4, which includes a 12-1 mark and a Class L championship in 2016.
Last fall, the Rams were 9-3 overall and reached the Class L semifinals. New Canaan defeated rival Darien in the Turkey Bowl to qualify for the state playoffs as the No. 8 seed, and then knocked off No. 1 Middletown 24-9 in the quarterfinals. The Rams were then eliminated by Masuk, 28-14, in the semis.
The decision to commit to Notre Dame had several layers for Pyne
“First, they’re a very good team and Coach Kelly is really driven to make them better and to push them to a national title,” Pyne told 247sports. “Secondly, they play the national schedule and play on national television every single week.
“I’m looking forward to playing for Coach Kelly as well, as I believe he’s going to lead Notre Dame to a national title in the near future.”
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