Cheshire Academy wide receiver Tarik Black commits to Michigan; running back CJ Holmes heading to Notre Dame

(WTNH)–Name any big-time college football program. Alabama, Stanford, Auburn, Michigan. They all wanted Cheshire Academy wideout Tarik Black.

On Wednesday, Black made his decision. He’s joining Newtown linebacker (and Gatorade Player of the Year) Ben Mason at Michigan.

Black was one of the country’s best wide receivers. At 6-4, 205 pounds, he’s quite the target.

He was originally going to make his announcement at the U.S. Army Bowl in San Antonio, but he said in order to enroll early at Michigan, he had to make his decision before the January 7th game.

Black is happy to finally get the process over with. He’s ready to go back to school, football, and leaving his parents speechless.

“It’s hard, I don’t have any words, it’s a feel. It’s all in the heart right now,” said his father, Malik Nichols.

“It’s a blessing, like I said befroe just watching him from a young boy, this is his dream, God has just guided that path and the best is yet to come,” said his mother Keysha Nichols.

“To see their smiles and their laughs, it just feels awesome,” Tarik said.

Blacks teammate running back CJ Holmes, another Hamden native, signed with Notre Dame on Wednesday. He had a ton of big offers too before settling on the Fighting Irish.

His mom helped with his wardrobe.

“I’m a renesaince man, I’d like to think, and my mom picked it out for me so I had to wear it,” Holmes said.

“It looks very handsome on him I think its unique,” said his mother Dawn. “He actually took my advice and let me do some color coordinating with his shirts and ties and we had some fun hanging out together.”

Also on Wednesday, Cheshire Academy lineman Sam Vretman signed with Rutgers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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