Croton Football Star Ricciardi Heads to West Point

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Kyle Ricciardi, No. 54, will play college football at West Point for the U.S. Military Academy.
Kyle Ricciardi, No. 54, will play college football at West Point for the U.S. Military Academy. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Kyle Ricciardi
Kyle Ricciardi Photo Credit: Kyle Ricciardi

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Croton High School student athlete Kyle Ricciardi, who helped lead the Tigers football team to consecutive Section 1 Class B championships in his junior and senior seasons, will attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point beginning in July as a plebe.

"I am very excited about going," Ricciardi said. "I have made many trips to watch football and lacrosse games. Ever since I was little I've been on post and seen the campus. It is truly beautiful. This is one of the reasons I made the decision to attend the academy, I love the feeling, the history of the school and campus."

Ricciardi, who was a star defensive player for the Tigers during a 21-2 run over the last two seasons, had 37 solo tackles and 63 assisted tackles during his senior season and was named Defensive Player of the Game for both the Section 1 Class B regional semifinal victory over Marlboro and the regional championship victory over Schalmont this season. He was also named to the Golden Dozen, an elite group of Westchester student/athletes.

"I have also wanted to serve in the Army since I was young and what better way to do that than West Point," he said. "I couldn't pass up the opportunity to serve in the Army, receive a top tier education and play Division I football. It just made sense and made the decision easy for me. It was a long process. I had to start my application back when I was a junior, I obviously had to perform in school and on the football field for it to be possible. But I would not have been able to do it if it wasn't for my coaches, my teachers and my family. I cannot wait to get up there and get going."

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