Valley D-I standouts sign letters of intent

Hubbard's L.J. Scott

Austintown Fitch’s Darrin Hall missed most of his senior season with a knee injury, but the University of Pittsburgh saw enough his Junior year to keep him a Panther, and when Youngstown native Pat Narduzzi took over as head coach, the decision was easy…

“It was definitely a big impact. He recruited me when he was at Michigan State, so we already had that connection. Plus, we had the family connection with my uncle and my dad, so I knew he was a great guy,” Hall said.

Boardman’s Evan Croutch racked up over 50 tackles for the Spartans this year. Today this bruiser turned Bobcat, by signing with Ohio University.

“Yea I’m going down in the summer, mid-June, we’re going to get started with the workouts and classes down there, so I’m excited to just get after it with the team,” added Croutch.

Hubbard’s all-star team is headed in different directions. Three players earned D-I rides, starting with our reigning Big 22 Player of the Year L.J. Scott. Trumbull county’s all-time leading rusher is taking his talents to East Lansing as one of the prized recruits of Michigan State.

“I have. I’ve been thinking about it as well. It’s going to be crazy for sure, but just got to stay humble… and just, want to make a name for myself,” Scott revealed.

Four-year starter Matt Jones did most of heavy lifting at Hubbard, and that paid off with full ride to West Virginia.

“I’m actually getting goosebumps just thinking about it. Can’t wait. They play football down there. All it is is football. West Virginia, they just love their Mountaineers,” Jones added.

Hard hitting linebacker Tyler Taafe did not go unnoticed either. His 108 tackles and 7 sacks this season have earned him a scholarship at Toledo.

“I met all the players, they were real cool, and all the coaches have the same mindset. They want to win, and I want to win too, so I think it fit perfectly,” Taafe said.

Warren Harding will send a pair of lineman to the next level. Three star recruit James Daniels turned down offers from Ohio State and Alabama to join his brother at Iowa. in fact, he’s already enrolled there. Fellow lineman Javon Provitt will take his 6 foot, 300 pound frame to Kentucky and become the first Raider to play in the SEC.

Uh, it’s good, it’s just a humbling good experience. it just make me feel good that i’m going to the SEC, and I’m going to play ball, haha,” he said.

Finally, getting a head start at Kentucky will be Cardinal Mooney Linebacker Jordan Jones. In fact, our big 22 alumni has already graduated and is taking classes in Lexington as we speak.

They are eight of the best our valley has to offer… in the class of 2015.

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