National Letter of Intent Signing Day.

Times certainly have changed since I was a recruit in what can only be defined as the Dark Ages now. As I monitored my Twitter feed to see where some of the local players were headed, and keeping an eye on the major schools and of course Lafayette College, it became clear this is a major day of celebration across the country.

National-Letter-of-IntentPlayers are revered and have been throughout the recruiting process. With several web sites out there rating prospects and a swell of interest from rabid college football fan bases, this day has become a national phenomenon. Even with the idea of many athletes having already made their college choices official weeks, months and even a year ahead of time thanks to scouting camps and combines, and the ability to offer scholarships to underclassmen.

As the players made their choices official, some did it the old fashioned way of choosing a hat from a collection of many on a table, others provided their John Hancocks with pomp and circumstance, balloons and banners. It’s a day of celebration for the athlete, the parents and loved ones, and the schools where they choose to take their talents.

With social media today, athletes made their choices and BOOM! There was a placard out on Twitter or Facebook with the athlete in the school’s jersey with varying degree of graphic elements. It’s amazing. … Just check out Donnie Collins on Blog, Sweat & Tears and see how he breaks down the 2017 recruiting class at Penn State

http://blogs.thetimes-tribune.com/pennstate/.

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For us here locally, it is equally important to the young men who made their decisions official. While I don’t have the graphic eye for design Conor Foley has, here is what I can give you on the five players from the Lackawanna Football Conference who celebrated on National Letter of Intent Signing Day.

Seated Mark Haydu, Nick Haydu and Sherri Haydu. Standing, Brian Blaum, high school principal, head coach Keith Olsommer, Chris Ross athletic director, and Molly Blaut , guidance counselor.

Seated Mark Haydu, Nick Haydu and Sherri Haydu. Standing, Brian Blaum, high school principal, head coach Keith Olsommer, Chris Ross athletic director, and Molly Blaut , guidance counselor.


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NICK HAYDU

Delaware Valley

Offensive line

 

Height: 6-1. Weight: 280

 

Honors: Times-Tribune All-Region Center; Lackawanna Football Conference Division I all-star

 

Stats: Had 18 solo tackles and 48 total tackles in his senior season. Played big part in Delaware Valley averaging 415.1 yards per game to lead the LFC.

 

““This is proof that dreams

do come true.”

 

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Cornell University

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Seated, Dave Rode, Zach Rode, Kristina Rode and Susan Rode, sister. Standing, Chris Caruso, Len Spoor, head coach Mark Watson, Jim Kane, Jay Haupt and Ann Marie Simons.

Seated, Dave Rode, Zach Rode, Kristina Rode and Susan Rode, sister. Standing, Chris Caruso, Len Spoor, head coach Mark Watson, Jim Kane, Jay Haupt and Ann Marie Simons.


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ZACH RODE

Wallenpaupack

Offensive line

 

Height: 6-4. Weight: 315

 

Honors: Times-Tribune All-Region Center; Lackawanna Football Conference Division I all-star

 

Stats: Helped team run for 1,798 yards. … Listed among top linemen in state by Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association.

 

I am really happy. I am going to keep working hard in the weight room as I get ready.”

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Cornell University

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Seated left to right:  brother William Kittrell, Mom Heather Kittrell, Jacob, Dad Will Kittrell, sister Jaila Watts, Head Coach Mike Marachak Standing left to right:  Coach Steve Shumbres, Coach Jamie Higgins, Athletic Director Ted Anderson, Principal John Coyle.

Seated left to right: brother William Kittrell, Mom Heather Kittrell, Jacob, Dad Will Kittrell, sister Jaila Watts, Head Coach Mike Marachak
Standing left to right: Coach Steve Shumbres, Coach Jamie Higgins, Athletic Director Ted Anderson, Principal John Coyle.


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JACOB WATTS

Scranton

QB-Athlete

 

Height: 6-3. Weight: 225.

 

Honors: 2015 Times-Tribune All-Region Quarterback; 2015 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I all-star Quarterback; 2016 all-star defensive athlete.

 

Stats: Threw for 1,382 yards and 10 touchdowns and ran for 1,392 yards with 16 touchdowns in his career.

 

This day proved to me that hard work really does pay off.”

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Standing left to right: Andy Snyder, principal, Joe Repshis, head coach, Dave Holley, Assistant Coach, Randy Hanyon, Athletic Director. Seated left to right: Greg Justave (Father / Assistant Coach), Corey, Lisa Justave.

Standing left to right: Andy Snyder, principal, Joe Repshis, head coach, Dave Holley, Assistant Coach, Randy Hanyon, Athletic Director.
Seated left to right: Greg Justave (Father / Assistant Coach), Corey, Lisa Justave.


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COREY JUSTAVE

Abington Heights

Offensive line

 

Height: 6-4. Weight: 280

 

Honors: Lackawanna Football Conference Division I all-star; Three-year starter at tackle.

 

Stats: Helped lead Abington Heights to District 2 Class 5A championship.

 

I am very excited. I’m eager to be a part of a Kutztown program that has had success and plays in a great conference.”

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Kutztown University

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Jacqueline Actisdano- sister, John Actisdano Sr. - Dad, John, Nick Actisdano -brother, Liz Actisdano Mom, Thomas Actisdano - Brother Standing Brian Blaum - PRINC. Keith Olsommer, Chris Ross - AD, Marissa McTernan Guidance Counselor.

Jacqueline Actisdano- sister, John Actisdano Sr. – Dad, John, Nick Actisdano -brother, Liz Actisdano Mom, Thomas Actisdano – Brother
Standing Brian Blaum – PRINC. Keith Olsommer, Chris Ross – AD, Marissa McTernan Guidance Counselor.

ActisdanoJOHN ACTISDANO

Delaware Valley

Offensive line

 

Height: 6-3. Weight: 245

 

Honors: Lackawanna Football Conference Division I all-star at offensive tackle and defensive tackle.

 

Stats: Had 63 total tackles in his career.

 

When I visited the campus and saw the great program at Shippensburg, I realized it was where I wanted to be.”

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Shippensburg University

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