SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers senior Tommy Castelluccio has decided not to step too far away from home to play college football. Castelluccio is committed to play defensive end for Morrisville State College of Morrisville, New York this coming fall.

“I chose Morrisville State College because it felt like it was the right place for me,” Castelluccio said. “Also, I was happy being around the school and I got to meet some of the football players and it felt like I was with some of my teammates at Somers.”

As he tells it, comfort played a decisive role in his decision to attend Morrisville. The coaches and players at Morrisville clicked with him and he felt “like they were family.”

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Castelluccio will be returning from a torn ACL that cost him the entirety of his senior season. The injured knee was operated on this past fall and he has been pushing himself to get back on the field.

Naturally, some of his playing weight was lost after surgery as he dropped from 240 pounds to 210 pounds. He has since come out of rehab even stronger, shooting all the way up to 255 pounds. He expects clearance for full sport participation by the end of this month.

With the adversity of overcoming injury, Castelluccio has developed an attitude of appreciation for “the game that he loves.”

“That was the biggest thing,” Castelluccio said. “I never thought football could get taken away from me until it happened.”

In his junior season at Somers, Castelluccio recorded 53 solo tackles and registered 4.5 sacks. As a sophomore, Castelluccio was a part of a section championship squad and got in the backfield four times for sacks and had 52 total tackles.

Morrisville is coming off a 2015 season that saw the team go 6-4 playing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. That team boasted four USA Today Division III All-Americans.

Castelluccio says he and this team will be going out to play “with a fire” in the upcoming season.

Other goals for Castelluccio will be to keep up a respectable grade point average so he can continue to play football. He plans to study physiology, a major that piques his interest.

“I want to learn about the human body,” Castelluccio said.

Going through rehab has cultivated that interest even more. After his days playing football are over, Castelluccio hopes to parlay those experiences into a closely related profession.

“I would like to do strength and condition as a trainer,” Castelluccio said. “Going to the gym and helping people is something that I have always found interesting.”

Castelluccio’s focus will be in the classroom first.

“Some of my goals are to do better in class so that I can continue to play the sport I love,” he said. “Also that I missed my senior season so I’m really excited to be getting back out there and showing everyone what I can do.”

The Somers senior said he is ready to start a new chapter.

“I’m truly grateful for everything my coaches at Somers have taught me,” Castelluccio said, “and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”