IUP FOOTBALL: Cignetti announces first batch of recruits
The recruiting picture is a bit clearer
for the IUP Crimson Hawks.
Football coach Curt Cignetti on Tuesday
released the names of 11 high school players who have signed
national letters of intent to join the program, as well as four
transfers who are already enrolled.
“I’m very pleased and excited about the
young men who have decided to join the program here at IUP,”
Cignetti said. “Recruiting is a team effort, and I’d like to thank
everyone in the IUP community who helped with the
High school players were eligible to
sign letters of intent on Feb. 1, the first day of the signing
period. Many schools announce their lists of recruits that day, but
IUP has held back because the recruiting period is still under way.
Cignetti said he expects to add a few more recruits before the
signing period ends.
Among the 11 high school recruits who
have signed are 10 players from Pennsylvania, mostly from the
eastern half of the state.
They are, in alphabetical
- Arthur Bradley, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound defensive back from
Friendship Collegiate Academy, in Washington, D.C.
- Kevin Clarke, a 5-10, 205-pound linebacker/fullback from
- Khaliq Coleman, a 6-4, 190-pound wide receiver from
Milton Hershey High School. Over the last two seasons, Coleman
caught 61 passes for 945 yards and eight touchdowns.
- James Griffin, a 5-11, 180-pound running back/defensive
back from Strath Haven, in Wallingford, Delaware County. In three
years of varsity football, Griffin rushed for a combined 1,973
yards, including 1,109 as a senior. According to one newspaper
account, Griffin picked IUP over Shippensburg.
- Benttion Hendricks, a 6-1, 180-pound wide
receiver/defensive back from Gettysburg. As a senior, he caught 46
passes for 777 yards and seven touchdowns. He reportedly chose IUP
- Allen Holman, a 6-1, 215-pound linebacker from Bishop
McDevitt High School, in Harrisburg.
- Shane Johnson, a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker/defensive end,
from Cardinal O’Hara High School, in Springfield, Delaware
- Tony Morgante, a 6-4, 300-pound offensive lineman from
Crestwood High School, in Mountain Top, Luzerne County.
- Matt Reams, a 6-2, 300-pound offensive lineman from
Wyoming Valley West High School, in Kingston, Luzerne
- Manny Simpson, a 5-10, 200-pound running back from
Penn-Trafford High School. In two years as a starter, Simpson
rushed for 2,825 yards for the Class AAAA Warriors. In a 38-28 win
over Indiana on Oct. 21, Simpson rushed for 179 yards and scored
- Tyrayl Veney, a 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver from
Indiana. Veney signed with IUP on Feb. 1, which was previously
reported. He is Indiana’s all-time leading receiver and is coming
off a spectacular senior season, in which in caught 36 passes for
945 yards and 13 touchdowns.
- Also, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ackeno
Robertson, a 5-10, 180-pound running back/defensive back from
Germantown High School, is expected to sign a letter of intent.
Cignetti released only the names of players whose letters had been
signed and returned by Tuesday afternoon.
As for the transfers, Cignetti has added
four players who are expected to step in and offer immediate help.
All four are on campus and will participate in spring drills, which
begin near the end of March.
The four transfers are: Mike Cruz (6-5,
270), a tight end from Pitt; Matt Knotts (6-1, 330), a defensive
lineman from Erie Community College; Shane Meisner (6-4, 260), a
defensive end from Rutgers; and Anthony Meriweather (6-2, 190), a
wide receiver from Akron.
According to IUP’s spring roster, there
are six other additions, but Cignetti said they are mid-year
walk-ons. Included in that group is defensive lineman Allen Lane
(5-11, 285), who played high school football at Indiana but spent
the last two seasons at Lackawanna Community College.