MERIDEN — In addition to the five seniors from Maloney’s Class of 2021 who have committed to play college football next year, two former Spartans have joined the party.
Maloney grads D.J. Posey (2019) and Sergio Muniz (2020) have signed with Post University, which is going from sprint football to Division II starting this fall.
Posey and Muniz will be part of the inaugural team along with Platt running back Roberto Salas, who also committed to the Waterbury school last week.
Muniz, a defensive back, was an All-Conference and All-Record-Journal selection after picking off a school-record seven passes during the 2019 season.
That included two interceptions in the Stoddard Bowl victory over Platt and one in the Class L state quarterfinal victory over Berlin. Muniz returned one interception and one fumble for touchdowns. He finished with 13 career interceptions, which is also a Maloney record.
Frederick said Muniz didn’t finish his senior year the way he wanted to and didn’t get the looks he was hoping for, so he took the year off to build himself back up.
“He put on some good size in the weight room,” Frederick said. “He was a great defensive player for us as a two-year starter and was the Stoddard Bowl defensive player of the game.”
Muniz has still been training with the Spartans. He’s improved on his speed and strength.
“He’s going to add tremendous value at Post,” Frederick said. “He has great ball skills in the secondary and I’m excited to see how it pans out for him.”
Muniz said he’s thankful for the Maloney family and his own family for the support.
“They turned me into a man,” said the son of William and Helen Muniz. “I have too many people to thank to get me to this point. I hope I can keep it going and go all the way.”
Muniz said the past year has been tough for him with the pandemic and dealing with the passing of his classmate, teammate and friend Jaylon Nixon in June.
“My boy Jaylon Nixon is a legend around here,” Muniz said. “I’m trying to be like him.”
Muniz is already taking online courses with Post. He’s currently studying sports marketing, but eventually wants to study architectural studies as a post-grad.
“I’m getting through a rough patch and this is a stepping stone towards that,” Muniz said. “I can’t wait. I’ve been prepping and working out. I can’t wait to get out on the field again.”
Posey, a two-way lineman in his Malnoey days, projects as a tackle or guard at Post. He goes 6-foot-4, 305 pounds.
He was recruited out of high school by Division I schools, but didn’t have the grades to qualify.
“D.J. was one of those kids who from his sophomore to senior year did a complete 360,” Frederick said. “He went through some hard times when his father passed away, which shook him up and hurt him grade-wise. He dug out of the hole academically and was recruited by Central Connecticut, but didn’t qualify.”
Posey has been working at MidState Medical Center, transporting patients at the hospital since last May.
“He’s always a kid I’ve kept in contact with and the pandemic derailed some of his plans last year,” Frederick said. “He got a great package to go to Post and has a chance to start there for four years as a big, strong athletic lineman.
“I’m happy for him to get this opportunity,” Frederick added. “He’s going to bring leadership to Post and will add tremendous value to that program.”
Posey, an All-Conference lineman who led the Spartans to the 2018 Class L state final, said it’s a relief to sign with Post.
“It’s been two years since I graduated,” Posey said. “I struggled to think if I was going to continue my academics, but I’m back. It’s even better to be back on the field. I know my brothers at Maloney want to see me play.”
The former Spartan captain will study business with a secondary major in psychology.
“Since high school, I feel I’m bigger, stronger and two years older,” Posey said. “I’m excited to be back on the field. I feel I’m a leader on the field. I like to make plays and get that intensity going.”