Kenny Selby of St. Augustine makes a commitment to the Sacred Heart | High School Live

“It’s going to be really good,” Selby said.

DeCoteau and Selby are friends. When DeCoteau graduated, he personally presented his No. 9 jersey to Selby.

“Seeing (DeCoteau) go (to the Sacred Heart) was definitely a good vibe for me,” Selby said. “He wanted me to wear his number. … It was really cool to be as good as him.”

Selby, who had previously visited the campus, attended the Sacred Heart football camp on July 24. He had more conversations with the coaching staff, including head coach Mark Nofri, which made his commitment easier.

The standout cornerback and wide receiver was also recruited by Stony Brook, but Sacred Heart stayed in touch more. Last season, Sacred Heart finished 3-2 (2-1 Northeast Conference) in a campaign shortened by COVID.

“I liked the environment,” Selby said of Sacred Heart. “It was definitely a place where I saw myself. It made me feel comfortable. So, I felt it was the right way to go.

“Obviously I want to get up and compete. Just compete and play championship ball,” said Selby, who will play cornerback for the Pioneers. “Get ready and do what it takes to the next level.”

Selby has all the tools to succeed in college, St. Augustine coach Pete Lancetta said, calling him “one of the best corners in the state.” Lancetta added that the 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive back is also a dynamic wide receiver and punt and kickoff returner.

Carol C. Reed