New Canaan's Macari set for Georgetown gridiron debut
Updated 9:29 pm, Wednesday, August 31, 2011
After a stellar football career at New Canaan High School, Kevin Macari is set to make his college football debut at Georgetown on Saturday, and the former New Canaan standout wide receiver is eagerly anticipating the challenges of the next level. He won't have to wait much longer.
Macari's Georgetown Hoyas are set to square off against the visiting Davidson Wildcats on Saturday at 6 p.m.
"I can kind of see it with the older guys -- how much the atmosphere changes as the first game gets closer. I'm looking forward to it," Macari said. "It's a little nerve-wracking, but it's also very exciting. I can't wait for Saturday."
Macari wasn't offered a scholarship by any Division-I football program, despite a stellar senior season which saw the explosive wideout haul in 60 receptions for 1,259 yards and 20 touchdowns. Macari easily led the potent New Canaan offense in all three categories.
Though originally disappointed, Macari isn't dwelling on the past. Rather, he's looking to make recruiters pay for passing on the opportunity to reel him in to play for their school.
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"I definitely feel good about being here at Georgetown, so we'll just beat those guys who didn't offer [a scholarship]," Macari said.
"First of all, he had tremendous speed," New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said. "He's one of the kids that I'm still flabbergasted that with that kind of size and speed wasn't offered a scholarship by a Division-I school. It goes to show that you don't know what they're looking for sometimes."
Macari played a vital role in helping the New Canaan football team sustain its long-standing success. During his three years as a varsity player (2008, 2009 and 2010), the Rams brought home two state championships before losing 50-20 in the state championship game against Masuk during Macari's senior season. Even in defeat, Macari lit up the stat sheet in his final game as a New Canaan Ram, tallying 10 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite the state championship loss, Macari's ability to consistently perform at a high level enabled New Canaan to finish with a record of 11-2, including state tournament playoff games.
"The coaches at New Canaan did a great job. They helped me put everything together and it was great to be in a winning system," Macari said. "At New Canaan, it was never about stats; it was about winning the state championship."
Although it remains to be seen just how much Macari will play as a freshman at Georgetown, he unquestionably was one of the top performers on New Canaan's football team, according to Marinelli.
"He's got to be up there as one of the top receivers that I've coached, and we've had some good ones since I've been here," Marinelli said. "Especially now with the spread offense, we throw the ball more than we used to, and he had the size and the speed. Aside from that, he wants the ball. He very seldom will drop the ball, he returns punts and he played a little safety. He's a complete player."
Marinelli is now faced with the tall order of trying to replace Macari's production as his Rams prepare for the 2011 campaign.
"I'm very happy with the kids we have now, but I don't think you can ever replace a kid like that," Marinelli said.
By his own admission, Macari is still adjusting to football at the next level, which includes longer practices, as well as college life in general.
"The practices are pretty long, but we had the weekend off which was a nice chance for us to rest our legs," Macari said. "Sometimes you just want to go to sleep when you're done with practices."
Macari, who hasn't decided on a major but is leaning towards business, had several colleges to consider, but he ultimately believed that Georgetown had the most to offer in terms of football and academics.
"All the guys on the team were great and the academics are outstanding," Macari said.