Bleich Commits to UCLA

After a little less than two months after reopening his recruitment, now Senior OT Chris Bleich has decided where he will be continuing his academic and athletic careers.  After non-stop coaches visits, letters, calls, etc... and taking a few unofficial visits, Chris has decided to attend the University of California Los Angeles, commonly known as UCLA.

In his initial post on twitter, Chris says "I told my dad I want to play football where no one ever did from this valley... and today I can say I kept my word to my dad." 

A short Q and A with Chris:
RP: You were committed to Penn State for over a year and a half.  What is the difference between PSU and UCLA?
CB: The biggest difference for me is the location.  With UCLA being on the West Coast it has a completely different atmosphere than PSU.  PSU is in a little section of the state by itself.  With UCLA, it is right in Los Angeles, playing home games in the Rose Bowl, and just the different life style that comes with it. 

RP: You were talking with a bunch of schools for the past few weeks/months.  What was the deciding factor that made you want to commit to UCLA?
CB: I was talking with a lot of schools, and I thank them for their interest in me. But the ultimate deciding factor was all of the opportunities that UCLA could offer me.  Again, being in LA, its a different lifestyle that I am interested in.

RP: Throughout your high school career, playing and being a key member of the varsity team since your freshman year, you have been involved in a number of big games/big moments for the team.  What is the moment/game that sticks out the most to you on a personal level?
CB: While I have been involved in many big moments/games, the one that sticks out to me on a personal level is the District 2 4A Championship game during my freshman year.  We were playing at Delaware Valley and I was lined upp against Connor Lutz, who went on to play at Delaware.  I felt that we had a great game against each other, going toe to toe for the entire game.  That game taught me what it meant to never give up and it made me appreciate every moment of football becuase the seaon was over after that game.  I realized that the player who took me under his wing was gone, I was never going to play football with him again.  And in all reality, I miss all of the players who were on that team, seniors on down to the other freshmen, everyone was genuinely nice and made each other better.  That team laid a great foundation for the next team, and we were then able to go undefeated during the regular season.

RP: Finally, what is one piece of advice that you would give to a younger teammate, or a younger player in general, who has the opportunity get recruited like you have been?
CB: I would tell them not to rush the process like I did.  Wait until you are going into your senior year to make your decision.  Take full advantage of the opportunities presented to you.  But when you do find the right school, you will know it in your gut.

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Bleich Re-Opens his Recruiting

During a phone call Thurday evening, Junior Offensive Lineman Chris Bleich decommitted from Penn State University.  Bleich, rated a 3 or 4 star recruit depending on the recruiting service, originally committed to Penn State while he was enrolled at IMG Academy last spring.  In a note posted on his Twitter timeline, Bleich said "After many months of discussions with my family, I came to the conclusion it's in my best interest to Re-Open my recruitment ... This only happens once and I just want to make sure I explore all of my options."  

His decision comes a few days after returning from an unofficial visit at Nebraska.  He has also taken an unofficial visit at Mississippi State, with a few more planned for the coming weeks.  

We will have more information on Chris and our other stand-out athletes as it becomes available.  Keep checking back for updates.

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Austin Signs with St. Vincent College

Recently, QB Aaron Austin signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at St. Vincent College of Latrobe, Pa. 

Pictured: seated Donna Austin, mother; Aaron; Tom Austin, father; standing Sandy MacKay, Athletic Director; Pat Keating, Head Coach; Dave Novrocki, Principal.

Congrats to Aaron and his parents on a wonderful accomplishment.  We can't wait to see what you do at the next level!

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Spartans Sign Their NLI

February 1st marks the first day that senior football players can make their commitments official, and two Spartans jumped on that opportunity.  RB Sean Judge and DL/LB Brydon Rukstalis signed their National Letters of Intent today to play at Shippensburg University and Susquehanna University respectively.  Their signing photos are posted below.

Brydon joins Jared and Jeremy Kozich (2015) and Kris Wolfe (2016) as Spartan Alumni currently playing at Suquehanna.

Seated (L to R): Pat Keating, Spartans Head Coach; Kim Judge, Mother; Sean; Sean Judge Sr., Father.  Standing: David Novrocki, Principal; Sandy MacKay, Athletic Director; Christopher Barnic, Assistant Principal; Tara Carey, Assistant Principal.

Seated (L to R): Pat Keating, Spartans Head Coach; Cindy Roberts, Mother; Brydon; Brock Rukstalis, Father.   Standing: David Novrocki, Principal; Sandy MacKay, Athletic Director; Christopher Barnic, Assistant Principal; Tara Carey, Assistant Principal.

We are extremely proud of Sean and Brydon, and we cannot wait to see what they do at the next level!

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Spartans Named All-State

To start the new year off right, multiple Spartans found out that they were named to an All-State Team.  Jr. Chris Bleich was named to the PFN (Pennsylvania Football News) 5A All State First Team on the Offensive Line.  Sr. Sean Judge and Jr. Zach Davies were named to the PFN 5A All State Honorable Mentions as an Athlete and Linebacker, respectively.

Last week, Bleich was also named to the 2016 All-USA (USA Today) Pennsylvania Football Team Second Team as an Offensive Lineman.

We are humbly proud of Chris, Sean, and Zach and the entire 2016 Spartans!  We can't wait to see what the 2017 season has in store for us.

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