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St. V-M football team bids farewell to seniors, reloads with talented returnees

By Michael Beaven Published: May 1, 2014

The St. Vincent-St. Mary football team will transition next season to life without two Ohio State University recruits and two University of Akron recruits.

Yes, linebacker Dante Booker Jr. and running back Parris Campbell Jr. are heading to OSU and linebacker-running back Newman Williams and defensive lineman Travonte Junius are going to UA, but the cupboard isn’t exactly bare for St. V-M.

St. V-M finished this past season ranked No. 23 in the country by maxpreps.com.

Fighting Irish coach Dan Boarman said four rising seniors and two rising juniors are receiving a lot of interest from colleges following their performance on St. V-M teams that won the Division III state title in 2012 and 2013.

Seniors-to-be Vince Lockett, Sam Yeaton, Jeremy Swords and Dre’k Brumley are all on college’s radar, and so are juniors-to-be Tyrece Speaight and Markus Hurd.

Boarman said Toledo and Akron are very interested in Lockett and that he has visited Ohio State and Michigan.

“Vince, Sam and Jeremy and Dre’k are being highly recruited by several colleges,” Boarman said. “They are being looked at by a lot of MAC schools.”

Lockett, who is 6-foot and 195-pounds, is a linebacker and running back. Boarman said colleges are projecting him as a “hybrid who can play linebacker and safety.”

Yeaton is a 6-3, 230-pound tight end with a 3.9 grade-point average. Swords is a two-way linemen at 6-2, 230, and Brumley is a defensive lineman at 6-0, 250.

Speaight (6-1, 185) and Hurd (5-11, 180) both play defensive back and running back for St. V-M. Colleges are eying them as defensive backs.

“Tyrece and Markus have been drawing interest from MAC schools and they have been involved in the camps that all the top players go to,” Boarman said.

St. V-M commitments

Boarman said seven St. V-M seniors have committed to a college for football: Booker and Campbell to OSU, Junius and Williams to UA, defensive back-quarterback Aaron Bushner to Lake Erie College, safety Nate Bischof to the University of Akron as a preferred walk-on and defensive back Tyler Moran to John Carroll University.

Boarman said Jarel Woolridge, a defensive back and wide receiver, is uncommitted, but looking at Baldwin Wallace. Twin brothers Aaron Adkins and Tony Adkins are also undecided, but are considering playing at Ohio Northern University as defensive linemen.

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