Curley's Petrides picks Akron

Archbishop Curley lineman Joe Petrides is headed to Ohio for college.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder committed to Akron on Friday, picking the Zips over Buffalo, James Madison, New Hampshire and Villanova, among others.

“[Recruiting] was on my mind pretty much every day during football season,” Petrides said. “So it was definitely tough. ... It feels like a big relief [to commit]. It feels good.”

Petrides was offered by Akron during the summer and made an unofficial visit to the school before football season.

“I liked it a lot,” Petrides said. “They’re building a new stadium that’ll be ready by my freshman year, so they’re doing a lot of new things up there.”

Petrides, the son of longtime City College football coach George Petrides, helped Curley to an 8-3 record this fall. He recorded approximately 77 tackles, 28 assists and six sacks as a senior. Archbishop Curley head coach Sean Murphy said the Akron coaches haven’t decided whether they’ll bring Petrides in as an offensive or defensive lineman.

“They’re looking at him ... probably at either guard or a defensive tackle,” Murphy said. “I think the thing they liked about him was his athleticism and room to put some weight on. ... He plays tight end for us, but in our offense [tight ends are] glorified run blockers. We would run to his side all the time and we finished with about 3,200 rushing yards, most of them on the right side. He’s an outstanding run blocker.”

Petrides said he’d like to study either athletic training or exercise science in college.

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