Former Brick Memorial and Monmouth University safety, Mike Basile, has officially signed with the New York Giants, according to the team’s Twitter.
Basile was an undrafted free agent after the NFL Draft in April and had a stint at the Indianapolis Colts before signing a contract with the Giants on Wednesday.
He is set to play in the first preseason game of the year against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Aug. 9 and will don No. 30, according to grandfather and Wall-business owner Carmine Basile.
“To me it was a sign, it was meant to be,” Carmine said. “When you think of No. 30 you think Mike Basile and when you think Mike Basile, you think No. 30.”
“It’s awesome for Mike’s friends and family, including our coaching staff and everyone in our program,” Brick Memorial head football coach Walt Currie added.
“His family, his friends, guys who went to Monmouth with and guys within our program that played with Mike can go watch him play.”
Currie also mentioned the Brick Memorial football staff will be in attendance for the Giants preseason opener as the Mustangs head coach received a text from current Monmouth Hawk and former Mustang Brady Watson.
“I got a text from Brady Watson … and I think he’s going to be on the kickoff unit and possibly get some late game reps in the secondary,” Currie said.
During Basile’s time at Monmouth, Basile secured his place in Monmouth Hawks football as he graduated as one of the most prolific players. Basile finished as Monmouth’s all-time tackle leader with 433 and Monmouth’s and the Big South’s career solo tackle leader with 285. He also finished with 22 defended passes, eight interceptions, seven tackles and six blocked kicks.
His individual accolades showcase his potential for the NFL as he finished with four First Team All-Big South selections, 2017 Big South Co-Defensive Player of the Year and is a two-time All-American.
In his senior year as a Brick Memorial Mustang, Basile finished with 88 tackles, 10 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.