"Just A Tremendous Player"

BlueGoldNews.com talked with Fort Hamilton High School head football coach Vincent Laino about two way star Michael Meggett, who has committed to West Virginia University.

"He's just a tremendous player," Liano said of his outstanding safety and wide receiver. "He's a great skill position player, but he's also a big hitter on defense. He was an all-City selection last year, and we expect him to be on that list again this year as well."

Meggett has capped off an outstanding senior season by winning the Iron Horse Award, which is New York City's award for the best player in each sport. Meggett just copped the football version of that award this year.

"We're really proud of Michael," Laino said. "He was a four-year player and three-year starter for us at both safety and wide receiver. He was also named to the all-Borough team by both major daily newspapers. He's been outstanding."

Meggett, like many other football players in the Big Apple, sometimes faces an uphill battle in getting recognition. New York has always been a basketball town, and Meggett hails from one of the hotbeds of that sport, Coney Island. However, since the age of 11, Meggett has been focused on the pigskin.

"He decided about that age that football was what he liked and wanted to focus on," Laino explained. "He's worked really hard on his game, and doesn't play any other sports. All of his work has paid off, and we are really excited for him."

As for his college future, Laino sees him on the defensive side of the ball.

"He has that defensive mentality you are looking for. He takes a lot of pride in his ability to get to the football. He's good against both the run and the pass, so I think he will probably start out on the defensive side of the ball."

Laino was also well aware of WVU's history in the New York area, and quickly rattled off names like Angel Estrada, Amos Zereoue and Canute Curtis as players that had successful careers at WVU. He thinks that trend will continue with Meggett.

"I've seen what those guys have done down there. They've had great experiences, and we're excited that Michael will be a part of that."

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