The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 7, 2014

Red Flash announce first wave of recruiting class

LORETTO — St. Francis coach Chris Villarrial and his staff added 13 players to the Red Flash football roster on national signing day.

The recruits are:

n Marcus Bagley, Cleveland Heights High School. A 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back, Bagley rushed for 1,375 yards and 22 touchdowns at Cleveland Heights. He was his league’s MVP and an all-district player.

n Freddy Bopst, Jarrettsville, Md., Boys Latin. A 6-3, 205 quarterback, Bopst was a 2013 Maryland Crab Bowl Team selection and captain. He completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,974 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.

n Malik Duncan, Cleveland Central Catholic. A 5-10, 180-pound cornerback, Duncan was a second-team all-conference pick. He did not give up a touchdown from his cornerback position all season while recording 73 tackles, an interception and 24 passes defended.

n Evan Ferguson, Reston, Va., Dominion High School. A 6-6, 295-pound offensive lineman, Ferguson was a first-team all-state performer who also had all-conference and all-region honors. A three-year starter and team captain, he also lettered four years in basketball and one year in track.

n Byron Johnson, Germantown, Md., Northwest High School. A 5-9, 185-pound athlete, Johnson had 827 receiving yards and 820 rushing yards at Northwest, where he was a two-year starter. He was an honorable mention selection who played wide receiver, running back and returned kicks.

n Ricardo Johnson, Baltimore Archbishop Curley. A 6-1, 297-pound defensive lineman, Johnson was a first-team Private Schools All-State selection. He led the team with 62 tackles and six sacks as a senior. Second-team All-Metro and first-team All-Conference. Selected to play in the Maryland Crab Bowl.

n Chase Keller, Connellsville, Greensburg Central Catholic High School. A 6-4, 195-pound quarterback, Keller was a dual-threat in the WPIAL. Though he missed much of his senior season due to an injury, he had more than 400 yards passing, rushing and on special teams in his first game of the season. He passed for 1,378 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior and rushed for 673 yards and four touchdowns.

n Shawn McCord, Red Bank Catholic. A 6-2, 230-pound defensive lineman, McCord had 66 tackles, 11 sacks, eight tackles for loss of yardage, 21 hurries, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt as a senior. He was a first-team All-Division, first-team All-Shore and first-team All-Monmouth County, N.J.

n Brian McNally, Girard High School. A 6-1, 205-pound halfback, McNally was a second-team All-State selection. He was a three-time first-team All-District 10 pick with 112 catches for 1,791 yards and 20 touchdowns, both school records. He also had four interceptions and forced four fumbles.

n Jordan Millberry, Harrisburg Susquehanna Township High School. A 5-7, 155-pound athlete, Millberry had 2,100 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns and five interceptions. He was an All-Keystone Conference selection on both offense and defense.

n Kory Pearson, Cleveland Heights High School. A 6-3, 210-pound receiver, Pearson is a two-star recruit and a member of Rivals top 200. An all-district honorable mention, he joins teammate Bagley in the recruiting class.

n Marc Rodriguez, a University of Maryland transfer from Greensburg Central Catholic High. A 6-2, 210-pound linebacker, Rodriguez spent the fall semester at Maryland before transferring to St. Francis. At Greensburg Central Catholic, he was a two-time all-conference selection and an all-Westmoreland County pick.

n Jalen Wells, Thomas Worthington High School. A 6-1, 170-pound cornerback, Wells is a two-time all-conference and second-team all-district pick. Last season he had four intercpetions and collected 273 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He also returned a kick for a score. He is a two-time state champion in track and a five-time all-state selection as well as a 2012 Indoor National Championship qualifier.

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