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Moore Catholic’s OT Henry Tabansi will continue football career at University at Buffalo – SILive.com

Moore Catholic senior Henry Tabansi gives the Mavericks' trademark 'horns-up' signal after recently signing his National Letter of Intent to the University at Buffalo. (Courtesy of Julianna Caliri)
When University at Buffalo assistant football coach Cedric Douglas visited Moore Catholic last year, he made a pitch for some of the Mavericks’ players to attend a camp being hosted by the Bulls in the summer.
Henry Tabansi heeded the coach’s advice and it big-time paid dividends for the 6-foot-6, 290-pound left tackle.
“(The coaching staff) had showed me some love since my junior year and they gave us an opportunity to show our talents during a camp at their school,’' explained Tabani. “I showed what I could do and I think I performed well and once they made an offer, I (verbally) committed on the spot.’'
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Tabansi, a three-year varsity starter with the Mavericks, recently made his commitment official when he signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Buffalo on a full athletic scholarship, the Advance/SILive.com has learned.
The 16-year-old Tabansi, who was a novice in football when he first landed at Moore, is thrilled to receive the opportunity to continue his football career on the next level.
“I had high hopes, but knew I had to work hard to get to this point and I’m very proud to have earned a scholarship,’' said Tabansi. “It’s a great accomplishment, especially when you consider I didn’t know much about football when I was a freshman.
“To get to this point where I’ve earned a scholarship is just great.’'
Tabansi, of course, played both left tackle and defensive end with the Mavericks, but the Bulls recruited him as an offensive lineman. He was equally productive as both a run-blocker and pass protector during the Mavericks’ two-year run to the CHSFL AA-1 championship games in 2021 and 2022.
Buffalo head coach Maurice Linquist and offensive line coach Matt Stansfield believe the New Brighton resident will fit in well with the Bulls.
“They’ve told me since July that they’re interested in me — they like the way I move as an offensive lineman,’' said Tabansi. “They believe I’m quick for my size and like the way I carry my weight. The coaching staff was also impressed with my technique at camp.
“All those positive things made me feel great,’' he admitted. “The fact they want me to be a part of their program is important and I’m looking forward to getting there.’'
Tabansi is undecided on a major, but is considering Computer Engineering. He also received D1 offers from Stony Brook, LIU Post, Albany, Bowling Green, Maine, Toledo, Rhode Island and Bryant.
Other recent college signings
Tottenville’s Brianna Mester (Bowling)
New Dorp resident Rylee Ferretti (X-C, track)
Staten Island Academy’s Saran Moschella (Basketball)
Tottenville’s Haley Robinson (Swimming)
St. Joseph Hill’s Kelly Bruen (Swimming)
College Signings 1 (December 13)
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