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February 7, 2013

COLLEGE FOOTBALL | Red Flash recruiting class reaches far

LORETTO — The St. Francis University football team, coming off its best season since 1992, completed its recruiting class with 22 players signing a National Letter of Intent.

The class features players from seven different states, including Hawaii.

They’ll join a Red Flash team that finished 5-6 in 2012 with a 4-4 record in the Northeast Conference.

St. Francis, which is coached by former Pro Bowl offensive lineman and IUP graduate Chris Villarrial, had three losses by seven points or less.

Among the incoming players is tight end Marcus Alston, a senior at Mount St. Joseph in Baltimore. The majority of Alston’s senior season was lost because of a foot injury, but he was still selected to represent Maryland in the Big 33 Football Classic.

Offensive linemen and twin brothers Mike and Mitchell Boyd will join the Red Flash from Farrington High School in Honolulu.

Three players from PIAA District 7 signed. Canon-McMillan defensive end Angelo Broglia, Bethel Park defensive end Michael Brucker and Burrell running back Cole Bush are part of the recruiting class. Broglia finished his senior season with 85 tackles. Brucker had six sacks. Cole earned All-State honors after rushing for 1,799 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Zach Drayer, a 6-foot-3 quarterback from Hershey, threw for 1,684 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2012 and rushed for 13 additional scores.

Kire Worley, a 6-1 defensive back from Fork Union Military Academy, joined the team this semester and was ranked as one of the top recruits in Virginia.

Twelve players from the class are expected to play offense. Four of the recruits are offensive linemen and two are tight ends.

Of the 10 defensive players signed, five could contribute as defensive linemen.

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