Two Wyoming Seminary student-athletes announced their college choices during a National Signing Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Jared Piatnik of Bethel, Conn., a postgraduate student, announced that he will continue his academic and athletic career at Bryant University, a NCAA Div. I FCS institution in Smithfield, R.I., playing in the Northeast Conference. Otis Thrasher of McDonough, Ga., also a postgraduate, announced that he will continue his academic and athletic career at Lafayette College, a NCAA Div. I FCS institution in Easton, Pa., playing in the Patriot League.
Piatnik aspires to contribute at either tight end or outside linebacker for the Bryant Bulldogs, led by Head Coach James Perry, who was named the program’s third head coach in December 2016. Perry served for the past seven seasons as offensive coordinator for the Princeton University Tigers and helped lead the team to Ivy League titles in 2013 and 2016. The Tigers led the Ivy League in scoring, total offense and rushing offense in 2016. Perry, an outstanding quarterback for the Brown University Bears, also played in the NFL Europe and Arena Football League.
A 2016 graduate of Bethel High School, Piatnik was the quarterback for the Sem Blue Knights, who completed a 2-5 season under head coach Kevin Kelly. At 6’ 3”, 211 lbs., he served as team captain and received the team’s MVP Award.
Thrasher expects to play at cornerback for the Lafayette Leopards, led by Head Coach John Garrett, who was named the program’s new head coach in December 2016. Garrett most recently served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Richmond, helping to lead the Spiders to a 10-4 record in 2016 and play in the 2016 NCAA FCS playoff quarterfinals. In 2013 Garret served as wide receiver coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was on the coaching staff for the Dallas Cowboys from 2007-2012. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989.
A 2016 graduate of Luella High School, Thrasher played at safety and wide receiver for the Blue Knights. At 6’ 3”, 183 lbs., the Sem varsity letter winner forced two interceptions and made 30 tackles at safety. As a wide receiver he gained 400 yards, collected three receptions for 94 yards in one game and scored one touchdown.
Seen following their announcements are, seated from left: Jared Piatnik and Otis Thrasher. Standing: Karen Klassner, Sem Director of Athletics.