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    Lackawanna CollegeCurrent NewsFalcon HeadlinesLackawanna College Falcons fly across country via National Letters of Intent

    Lackawanna College Falcons fly across country via National Letters of Intent

    With today’s signing event, two dozen total Falcons football players from 2015-16 squad transfer to four-year institutions

    Lackawanna College staff members join football players signing their National Letters of Intent on Feb. 3, 2016. From left, front, Lackawanna College Retention Coordinator Denise Duda, Trevon Wesco, Kyzir White, Kendle Pitts, Peter Borum, Jaylen Funches, and Chris Adams. Back, Academic Mentor Rick Barone, Offensive Coordinator Josh Pardini, Simon Williams, Michael Boland, Dajon Emory, Head Coach Mark Duda, Brenon Thrift, Kapri Doucet, Emmanuel Beal, Joshua Bennett, and Jeff Taylor, and Offensive Coordinator Bill Reese.

    Lackawanna College staff members join Falcons football players signing their National Letters of Intent on Feb. 3, 2016. From left, front, Lackawanna College Retention Coordinator Denise Duda, Trevon Wesco, Kyzir White, Kendle Pitts, Peter Borum, Jaylen Funches, and Chris Adams. Back, Academic Mentor Rick Barone, Offensive Coordinator Josh Pardini, Simon Williams, Michael Boland, Dajon Emory, Head Coach Mark Duda, Brenon Thrift, Kapri Doucet, Emmanuel Beal, Josiah Bennett, and Jeff Taylor, and Offensive Coordinator Bill Reese.

    SCRANTON, Pa. – One of the largest classes of student-athletes in Lackawanna College’s history signed their National Letters of Intent today, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 to continue their athletic and academic careers at some of the most notable institutions in the country.

    “There’s over $1 million in scholarships seated at this table right now,” Head Football Coach Mark Duda said. “It’s very important to realize that it’s a team that had the highest grade point average in the history of the program. We couldn’t be happier or more proud of them.”

    Among the 25 total students who signed their Letters of Intent Wednesday and those who have already made mid-year commitments, the Falcons will send three former players to the University of Oklahoma. This marks the first time that three players who played in the previous fall season for Lackawanna will commit to the same Football Bowl Subdivision football team. According to the Oklahoma coaching staff, this is also the first time Oklahoma has successfully recruited three players from the same school, be it high college or college, in the same year.

    Students signing their Letters of Intent today included:

    • Chris Adams, of Dayton, Ohio, offensive lineman committed to Bethune-Cookman University
    • Emmanuel Beal, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Second Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, linebacker committed to the University of Oklahoma
    • Josiah Bennett, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., defensive lineman committed to Eastern Kentucky University
    • Michael Boland, of Dunmore, Pa., Second Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, tight end committed to Bethune-Cookman University
    • Peter Borum, of Shavertown, Pa., offensive lineman committed to Delaware State University
    • Kapri Doucet, of Williamsburg, Va., 2015 First Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, Northeast Football Conference 2015 Defensive Player of the Year, 2015 NJCAA First Team All-American Linebacker, linebacker committed to the University of Oklahoma
    • Dajon Emory, of Bridgeville, Del., First Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, defensive lineman committed to Arkansas State University
    • Andrew Ford, of Camp Hill, Pa., First Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, quarterback committed to University of Massachusetts
    • Jaylen Funches, of Willoughby, Ohio, offensive lineman committed to Bethune-Cookman
    • Kendle Pitts, of Frederick, Md., 2015 Third Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, defensive back committed to Shepherd University
    • Jeff Taylor, of Boothwyn, Pa., linebacker committed to North Carolina Central University
    • Brenon Thrift, of Monroeville, Pa., defensive lineman committed to Penn State University
    • Trevon Wesco, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., tight end committed to West Virginia University
    • Kyzir White, of Macungie, Pa., 2015 First Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, safety committed to West Virginia University
    • Simon Williams, of Lititz, Pa., an Abington Heights High School graduate, tight end committed to West Chester University

    Those students join a number of mid-year commitments to a set of equally prestigious programs and institutions:

    • Kendall Calhoun, of Paducah, Kent., Second Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, offensive lineman committed to the University of Cincinnati
    • Louis Demetrius, of Donora, Pa., running back committed to Millersville University of Pennsylvania
    • Brendan Green, of White Oak, Pa., defensive lineman committed to Alabama State University
    • George “Ashton” Julious, of Florence, S.C., 2015 First Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team Offensive Lineman, 2015 NJCAA Second Team All-American Line Offensive Lineman, offensive lineman committed to the University of Oklahoma
    • Rikwon Moore, of Washington, Pa., defensive lineman committed to Walsh University
    • Donald “DJ” Myers, of Montclair, Va., 2015 Second Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, wide receiver committed to Midwestern State University
    • Terry Norris, of Springfield, Mass., 2015 First Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, 2015 NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American Line Running Back, running back committed to the University of Tennessee at Martin
    • Faustino “Fonzie” Sauceda, of Perth Amboy, N.J., 2014 Second Team All-Northeast Football Conference Team, quarterback committed to Pace University
    • Khalil Thomas, of Delran, N.J., wide receiver committed to Rutgers University
    • Tyler Affa, of Whitehall, Pa., defensive lineman teams committed to Seton Hill University

    Trevon Wesco and Kyzir White become the eighth and ninth former Falcons to commit to West Virginia since 1994. Recent graduates who continued at West Virginia include 2015 NFL draft picks Mark Glowinski ’11 (Seattle Seahawks) and Kevin White ’11 (Chicago Bears) and undrafted free agent Josh Francis ’10 (Green Bay Packers).

    Brenon Thrift is the second consecutive player to continue his career at Penn State, following a path forged by former Falcon Paris Palmer.

    Peter Borum is the 15th player across the football program’s history to continue at Delaware State. Schools accepting their first-ever transfers from Lackawanna include Eastern Kentucky University, Alabama State University, Seton Hill University, Walsh University, and University of Tennessee at Martin.