There were another round of L-L League football college commitments last week, as some of the top seniors in the area made verbal pledges to the programs of their choice.
Here’s that roundup, plus some other offseason notables …
RUFE SHIPPING OFF TO SHIP: Lebanon Swiss army knife Alex Rufe is heading to the PSAC to play for Shippensburg. The all-star wideout had quite the senior season this past fall for the Cedars, earning kudos for his receiving prowess, while also stepping in behind center and taking snaps for Lebanon. From his familiar wideout spot, Rufe hauled in 24 catches for 569 yards — a whopping 23.7 yards per grab — with six TD snags. He also passed for 288 yards and a TD, and he rushed for 242 yards with a TD run for the Cedars. Rufe also chipped in on special teams and on defense. He was handsomely rewarded for his fine season; Rufe was an L-L League Section 3 first-team all-star pick at wideout, and he was named the section’s Receiver of the Year. Rufe was a Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Class 5A pick, he was a Pennsylvania Football News Class 5A All-State second-team pick, and he garnered All-EasternPaFootball first-team all-star honors.
BISCOE PICKS COLGATE: Hempfield’s Spencer Biscoe will kick for Colgate in the Patriot League. What a senior season he amassed last fall for the Black Knights, bursting onto the scene with an L-L League-leading 11 field goals — including a 50-yarder. Biscoe piled up the postseason honors: L-L League Section 1 second-team all-star; Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 6A All-State specialist; Pennsylvania Football News Class 6A All-State first-team honors; and an All-EasternPaFootball first-team all-star nod.
PRIDE IT IS FOR THOMPSON: Lancaster Catholic’s Christian Thompson is heading to Widener in the MAC. And he’ll see a couple of familiar faces there; Lampeter-Strasburg standouts Ashton Spahr and Ian Herr also committed to the Pride’s program. Thompson, a battering-ram tight end, had three receptions for 51 yards last season for the Crusaders.
DONEGAL DUO ARE COLLEGE-BOUND: Two Donegal all-stars recently announced their intentions to play at the next level, and they were both two-way standouts for the Indians. Owen Kling dominated along both lines, and he'll play in the PSAC for Clarion. Meanwhile, QB-DB Trent Weaver is Massachusetts-bound; he's committed to DIII Dean College in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference. Kling was an L-L League Section 3 first-team all-star pick at offensive tackle and defensive tackle last fall, helping pave the way for Donegal's Wing-T scheme on O, while piling up 33 tackles, with six stops for losses, five sacks and a forced fumble on D. From his QB spot, Weaver passed for 313 yards and rushed for another 44 on the ground, and in the secondary, he was in on 24 tackles with an interception for the Indians. Weaver earned Section 3 honorable mention all-star honors at DB for his efforts.
ROMAN EMPIRE: Lancaster Catholic two-way threat Nevin Roman is heading to Stevenson in the MAC. He was a standout RB and DB for the Crusaders. This past fall, Roman was a Section 3 second-team all-star at RB, after rushing for 303 yards.
MORE OFFERS FOR BRUBAKER: What a winter for Cocalico junior offensive line stud Ryan Brubaker, who continues to pile up offers from all over the place, including a recent haul from Power 5 conferences aplenty. Brubaker’s list is now beginning to bulge over at 23: UConn, UMass, Kent State, Yale, UPenn, Columbia, Army, Harvard, Princeton, Ohio, Dartmouth, Monmouth, Liberty, Ole Miss, Tulane, South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Wake Forest, Buffalo, Duke, Tennessee and Pitt.
GRAND HAUL FOR DEL GRANDE: L-S junior linebacker/O-line people-mover Nick Del Grande is also starting to pile up the offers. The all-state bruiser recently picked up offers from Army, Kent State, Navy, Coastal Carolina, UMass, Central Michigan and East Carolina. We’ll track his progress into the offseason.
STILL TWO SKIPPER VACANCIES: Lampeter-Strasburg and Northern Lebanon are still minus head coaches, as the calendar hits mid-February. There is some news out of L-S, as the Pioneers are said to have their final candidate, with the school board set to vote on March 1. Stay tuned. It’s not as crystal clear in Fredericksburg, as the Vikings continue their search.