02/04/2019 5:00 PM -
By Peter Schwartz
There’s a saying about New York….if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!
That goes for just about anything in life including football and the New York Streets are proof of that as they continue to build the roster for their inaugural season in the National Arena League. The Streets held an open tryout recently that attracted a lot of local talent, but a big part of the 2019 New York Streets will be players that are signed from major colleges around the country.
Although Alabama was beaten by Clemson in the National Championship game, the Southeastern Conference is considered to be the best conference in college football and the Streets have been able to secure three players that come from the SEC…former Ole Miss defensive lineman Herbert Moore, former Ole Miss linebacker/defensive end Issac Gross, and former Alabama nose tackle Brandon Ivory.
“I am really excited that our player personnel staff has made contact and found some really good football players out of the SEC,” said Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio. “It is always a good thing to find high character athletes out of one of college football's strongest conferences.”
At 6-1 and 330 pounds, the 24 year old Moore was rated as the 56th best defensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com back in 2013 and was a consensus three star recruit. Moore appeared in seven games during his senior season and registered seven tackles and a sack.
Gross, a teammate of Moore, is a 6-1 249 pound defensive tackle that racked up 142 tackles (including 29.5 tackles for loss), six sacks and four forced fumbles during his college career. In his senior season back in 2016, he played in every game and had one start at nose tackle.
The 26 year old Ivory was a star defensive lineman with the Crimson Tide that was signed by the Houston Texans as an un-drafted free agent in 2015. The 6-4 308 pounder recorded 64 tackles at Alabama.
“I'm am really excited to see what Herbert, Isaac and Brandon are going to bring our defensive line,” said Marsilio. “I know our defensive staff is really excited to work with these young men.”
The Streets have also acquired two players from Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference. Former Mountaineer linebackers Devan Stringer and Tee Sims will be teammates again as they are bringing their talents to Streets training camp.
Stringer is 5-11 195 pounds and was a two-star prospect by Rivals.com out of high school. He recorded 217 tackles in his collegiate career along with 6.5 sacks, six passes defenses and a fumble recovery. Stringer appeared in 46 games and started 43 including 39 in a row and in 2017 he was an All-Sun Belt Third Team selection
Sims is a 6-1 259 pound athlete that recorded 83 tackles (28 tackles for a loss) along with 16.5 sacks in college. He was a 2017 All-Sun Belt Conference First Team selection that can also catch passes and run the ball out of the backfield which can be a valuable asset in Arena Football.
“We are excited about adding Devan and Tee,” said Marsilio. “Both can really play fast and aggressive.”
The Streets roster continues to take shape each and every day with the goal being to attract the best possible talent to New York. There are many outstanding players that have expressed an interest in coming to the Streets and the team is working hard to get their signatures on a contract.
“We will be rounding out the camp roster with some great athletes and also mixing in Arena Football veterans and rookies,” said Marsilio.
The Streets are leaving no stone unturned in looking for players that will have a chance to compete for roster spots at training camp. Marsilio and his staff have been pounding the pavement in search of talent from major college football as well as those players with prior Arena Football experience. Stay tuned for more Streets players signings!