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Two SSA Football Players Sign NCAA National Letters of Intent

Skyy Moore and Dino Tomlin

Two Shady Side Academy seniors officially signed their NCAA National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play Division I college football on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, the first day of the NLI early signing period for football. The signees included quarterback/defensive back Skyy Moore, who signed with Western Michigan University, and wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner Dino Tomlin, who signed with the University of Maryland.

Together, Moore and Tomlin formed one of the most dangerous big-play passing tandems in the WPIAL, leading SSA to an undefeated 9-0 regular-season record, an Allegheny Conference title and a No. 1 ranking in WPIAL Class 2A in 2018.

As SSA's starting quarterback, Moore passed for 1,412 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,590 yards and 22 touchdowns this fall, becoming the first player in WPIAL history to run and pass for more than 1,000 yards in two seasons. He earned first-team All-Allegheny Conference honors at both quarterback and defensive back in 2017 and 2018, was the Allegheny Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and was the Allegheny Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.

At wide receiver, Tomlin had 30 catches for 926 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2018. He earned first-team All-Allegheny Conference honors at wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner in both 2017 and 2018. Tomlin also won WPIAL and state titles in the 300-meter hurdles as part of SSA's track and field team last spring.

The signing ceremony was held in the College Counseling Office on the SSA Senior School campus. The signees were joined by their coaches, college counselors, teachers, administrators, teammates, family and friends.

To date, a total of seven SSA seniors have signed NLIs to play NCAA Division 1 college athletics next year. In addition to Moore and Tomlin, five female student-athletes signed NLIs in November for ice hockey, soccer and field hockey.

The NCAA's National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution. By signing an NLI, the student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year, while the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year. Learn more at www.nationalletter.org.

Congratulations, Dino and Skyy!

Skyy Moore and his family

Dino Tomlin and his family

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