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Saint-Vil gets a chance to attend U-Mass

It’s been quite a past seven months for Edward Saint-Vil. A period of time that has certainly changed his life forever.

After spending three years at Miramar High and never competing for the Patriots on the football field, this gifted athlete made his move for his final year to Hollywood Hills. The change truly did this athlete good.

Not only did he play high school football for the first time, but the 6-0, 175-pounder started to receive attention from colleges for his play in the Spartans’ secondary.

After committing to attend Florida Atlantic University a few weeks ago after a visit, Saint-Vil took a trip to the University of Massachusetts and was sold.

“It wasn’t all about playing football,” Saint-Vil said. “What it came down to was a college atmosphere and a chance to be on my own away from home.”

The Trip to U-Mass was one that was so impressive that when he told head coach Scott Barnwell and some of his teammates, they all understood the decision to change his mind.

“I am so proud of Edward for the way he came here this year and picked up this sport so quickly,” said Barnwell. “He fit in so well with the team, it looked like he was a part of the program for years.”

Saint-Vil, who was one of the fastest players on the team, is amazed at how things turned around so quickly for him as he now gets ready to head off to college.

“If it hadn’t been for the coaches and Tony Grimes who had urged me to come out for the team, I would never have gotten this opportunity,” he pointed out. “This is a lesson to people who feel that things can’t change. Take it from me, my life totally changed.”

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