Archbishop Hoban coach Tim Tyrrell and Walsh Jesuit coach Gerry Rardin are excited for the 2014 football season with several talented players returning.
Hoban and Walsh both missed out on the 2013 playoffs, Hoban in Division III and Walsh in Division II, but each has aspirations of joining the postseason party again soon.
Hoban is set to feature running back Todd Sibley, who is 5-foot-10 and 198 pounds and will be a sophomore, along with rising senior Ted Stieber, a 6-foot-6 and 315-pound offensive lineman.
Sibley attended Ohio State’s spring football game earlier this month. Stieber was also invited, but was unable to attend.
Tyrrell said Sibley has visited OSU and Michigan, and is also garnering interest from Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Boston College, Miami (Fla.), Arkansas and Akron.
“He really loves Michigan and Ohio State,” Tyrrell said. “Those are his dream schools.”
Tyrrell said Stieber holds several scholarship offers, and “really likes Akron and Toledo.”
“Basically all the MAC schools offered him early,” Tyrrell said. “The bigger schools are now starting to come in. Ohio State hasn’t offered yet, but Urban Meyer wants to see him in a camp in June, and Michigan [coach Brady Hoke] said the same thing. Rutgers has offered him out of the Big Ten, Illinois has offered him out of the Big Ten and Northwestern is coming down next Tuesday to visit.”
Hoban sophomores Jonah Morris (6-4, 185, free safety-tight end), Dane Kersh (6-1, 210, linebacker), Tyler Gilchrist (5-10, 170, cornerback) and Anthony Christian (6-3, 175, wide receiver) are also drawing interest from colleges.
Rardin said his next senior class is receiving a lot of interest from colleges.
“A lot of people are interested in quarterback Pat Ford,” Rardin said. “He is 6-5 and weighing 220. He is faster and really developing. He looks really good. He is getting a lot of interest.”
Rardin said Kyle Pawuk (6-2, 215, safety), Chris Kazimir (6-4, 265, two-way lineman) and Anthony Siragusa (6-2, 195 inside receiver) are each getting looks as well.
“They are getting a lot of interest from MAC schools and the high academic schools, Ivy League schools and schools like Holy Cross and Fordham,” Rardin said. “These guys are a little over a 3.8 grade-point average. They have a lot going for them.”
Zach Connolly (6-5, 240, defensive lineman), Joe Tupta (6-1, 255, fullback) and Anthony Rozum (5-6, 175, athlete) are three other rising seniors to watch.
“Zach has a 3.7 GPA and Joe is at a 3.5,” Rardin said. “Joe started for us as a sophomore and then suffered a knee injury during last season as a junior,” Rardin said. “He is coming back. Anthony is our Mr. Everything, a great receiver, great running back and our best safety last year. He has a 3.84 GPA.”
Jack Wohlabaugh (6-4, 270, offensive lineman) and Zach Pipoly (6-1, 230, defensive end) are two rising juniors who are generating interest from colleges.
Tyrrell said six Hoban seniors have committed to play college football: D’Angelo James (Mount Union), Kylan Hood (University of Charleston), Jake Tersigni (Dayton), Domenic Grosso (Walsh University), Anthony Krim II (University of Charleston) and Vince Buzzi (Ave Maria).
James and Buzzi are linebackers, Hood and Tersigni play wide receiver and defensive back, and Grosso and Krim are linemen.
Rardin said six Walsh seniors have committed to play college football: Bryan DiCillo (Ohio), Mike Knoll (Boston College), Spenser Theiss (Baldwin Wallace), Matt McShane (Dayton), Alex Conley (Duquesne) and John Conner (Ashland).
DiCillo is a linebacker, Knoll is a kicker, McShane is a linebacker and Conley, Theiss and Conner are linemen.
“Those are some great kids,” Rardin said. “We had some of the finest leadership last year we have had in a long time. We will miss them, but the underclassmen want to emulate their leadership. They have left their mark and the underclassmen are following their lead.”
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