GRAFTON, Mass.—At 6 feet 7 inches and 305 pounds, Rhode Island Rams head coach Joe Trainer called him a “tall drink of water.”
David Steinmetz, a senior at Grafton High School and team captain of the Super Bowl champs, signed an athletic scholarship with the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday afternoon in front of his family and fellow teammates.
“We are very proud of him,” said his father Mark Steinmetz, who is as physically commanding as his son. David will play offensive line for the URI Ram football team in the fall with a full-tuition scholarship under his arm.
His parents described him as goal driven. David was a First-Team All-Southern Worcester County League pick in 2011 and 2012. After his senior season, he was named to the Shrine Chowder Bowl Central Mass All-Star Team.
"Dave is a kid who has been in our camps, so we know as much about him athletically as anyone we have recruited,” said Trainer on their website. “He is a tough competitor who hates to lose."
His accomplishments extend past the football team. He is part of the “Best Buddies Club” which matches him with a special needs classmate, he has been involved with the Special Olympics since the 4th grade, and he is finishing his Eagle Scout badge by building bat and owl houses for the Grafton Land Trust.
His family said David will major in environmental science with a minor in business at URI.