Kaminoff commits to UMASSWednesday, March 07, 2012 By Brennan Smith
Our school is full of great athletes, one of the best athletes is senior runningback and safety Julian Kaminoff. Kaminoff was originally verbally committed to University of Buffalo but has de-committed at Buffalo and committed to play for the University of Massachusetts. He also turned down schools such as Connecticut, Fordham, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Temple that were interested in him. Kaminoff could play any position on the Lions football team, and play them well, however he can only play one position in college. When asked about the issue, Lions Head Coach Jim Ditulio said, “He will be playing free safety at UMass. That is his position. He can cover a lot of ground and he can come up and really lay the wood on players.” In high school, Kaminoff was a great player with all the tools necessary to be very talented. However, during his senior year, Kaminoff had to deal with multiple injuries to many different parts of the body. “His senior season was played hurt,” said Ditulio. “But he never made an excuse and fought through injuries this year.” In his senior year Kaminoff had 52 solo tackles and one interception. He had 16 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 515 yards on 80 carries and nine touchdowns. He was limited on offense due to injuries. Even with these injuries he was one of the best players in the league and everybody knew it. The coach of Morrisville even put a $100 bounty on his head to any player who took him out of the game. A player who demanded a bounty to be stopped must be talented. Fellow senior, Graham Smith, has verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh and will join the soccer team this coming fall. Smith led the Lions to back-to-back state championships the past two seasons and hopes to build on his success as he takes his talents to western PA.