This past week, National Signing Day took the country by storm and with the most hectic week of college football coming to a close, there will be 17 new names that will grace the roster of Clarion football next fall.
This signing day though, was no ordinary day in the eyes of Clarion athletics department and coaches alike.
“This perhaps is the best signing day in program history,” said a member of the Sports Information Department.
With the list of recruits that this class boasts, it’s hard not to buy into the hype.
The group of recruits that will eventually be the class of 2020 have high accolades and tremendous talent, with most of the players coming from the defensive side of the ball to anchor one of the best offenses in PSAC, led by soon to be senior QB Connor Simmons.
Without further ado, here are the Golden Eagle recruits for 2016.
Starting on the offensive side of the ball, there are a few spots that were left behind by the seniors of last season.
Those spots could potentially be filled quickly by the new faces coming this fall.
The Golden Eagles this past season lost two valuable offensive lineman that helped Simmons and rising sophomore running back Delrece Williams gain over 4,500 yards from scrimmage in a breakout year for the offense.
To solve this dilemma, Clarion brought in two new big bodies to protect Simmons and company, the first is mid-year transfer Jacob Good, a 6’3” 240 pound versatile lineman, and the second is 6’6” 275 pound recruit Steven Rickard.
“Jacob is a solid lineman that can play any position up front, and Steven is a rare lineman at this level with great feet,” said Clarion head coach Chris Weibel.
The other three recruits on offense were all receivers, which is a position that will also be somewhat open when fall rolls around.
While the Golden Eagles will not be losing their top-receiving tandem in Matt Lehman and Kevin Genevro, seniors Mark Nicholas (22 Rec, 242 yards) and Jaron Moorer (slot receiver and return man) will leave behind integral roles in the Clarion offense.
Enter Josh Bailey, Spencer La’Sure and Greg Leonard; three wide outs that could all see time in the slot next fall.
The gem of this bunch though is Josh Bailey, who was All UCBA Conference in Bel Air, Maryland.
“Josh is great at going over defenders and attacking the football,” said Coach Weibel.
At 6’1” 165 pounds, Bailey is a speedster in the open field and in addition to his quickness through watching his senior season highlight tape, this kid can catch just about anything thrown his way, and I mean anything.
Bailey should fill in nicely with the departure of Nicholas in the slot.
The second part of the new receiver trio is La’Sure, who checks into the Golden Eagles roster at 6’0” and 180 pounds and was also All Conference Cal and a top 150 player on NJ.com.
“Spencer is dangerous with the ball in his hands and will be a difference maker in the return game.” said Coach Weibel.
Through while watching La’Sure on tape he immediately stands out as a punt and kick returner more than a receiver, but his speed must be accounted for in any situation.
Look for La’Sure to potentially make an immediate impact this fall in the return game and take the place of departing return man Jaron Moorer.
Be sure to follow up on next week’s edition of The Clarion Call, where we will highlight the recruiting haul on the defensive side of the ball.