On Friday, Cheshire High School held a college football commitment ceremony in the library. After helping the Rams post 6-4 records in the last two seasons, seniors Dan Covel (St. Lawrence University-New York), Michael Jeffery (Amherst College-Massachusetts), Nick Nelson (Pace University-New York), and Drew Zebarth (Sacred Heart University) will transition to the next level.
Coached by Don Drust, the boys played among a school-record 27 seniors last fall. Covel, Jeffery, and Nelson were four-year players and captained the 2017 team with classmates Eric Angelone and Jack Raba. Zebarth was a two-year player.
A four-year starter, Jeffery led last year’s team in receptions (48), yards (670), and touchdowns (seven). At safety, he supplied 79 tackles and two interceptions.
Jeffery received All-Southern Connecticut Conference Tier I, CHS Apple Valley Classic Offensive MVP, Record-Journal Scholar Athlete, and All-R-J. He was also given Cheshire’s Offensive Player of the Year Award and the Tommy DiDomizio Memorial Award.
A two-year starting offensive/defensive lineman, Covel tallied 51 tackles and three sacks last season. He was selected as All-SCC Tier I.
Covel was the last of three brothers to play for the Rams. Older brothers Tim and Matt graduated in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Another two-year starter and All-SCC Tier I honoree, Nelson played linebacker and offensive line. Last fall, Nelson made a team-best 118 tackles en route to earning Defensive Player of the Year and All-R-J.
Nelson’s younger brother Brett is a junior player for the Rams. Nick’s older brother Kyle, a 2010 graduate, also played for the program.
As a lineman, Zebarth started on defense and offense in the last two years. While playing mostly on the offensive line fall, he added three tackles on defense.
In college, Zebarth will play on the Division I level and Nelson will compete at D-II. Jeffery and Covel have chosen D-III programs.
Find comment from these players in upcoming stories on their careers in The Cheshire Herald.