Ten from Lackawanna football program sign letters of intent

Ten from Lackawanna football program sign letters of intent

SCRANTON, Pa. – Ten outstanding student-athletes from the Lackawanna College Falcons football team signed their National Letters of Intent today, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 to continue their athletic and academic careers at some of the most notable institutions in the country.

Falcons signing their letters of intent on Wednesday join a number of mid-year transfers who have already begun their studies at equally prestigious programs and institutions. Lackawanna had a total of 21 students transfer to four-year programs across the country from the 2016-17 team.

"We had a great football season, and we were 10-1 this year. But all of those wins wouldn't matter unless these young men got to go to the college that they really wanted to get to after Lackawanna," Head Football Coach Mark Duda said.

Students signing their letters of intent on Wednesday were:

  • Jalen Booker, of Chesapeake, Va., will continue his football and academic career at Duquesne University. Booker was the Falcons' starting defensive lineman during the 2016-17 season and was named to the 2016 All-Northeast Football Conference First Team.
  • Jave Brown, of Franklin Township, N.J., will continue his football and academic career at Coastal Carolina University. Brown played defensive back for the Falcons during the 2016-17 season and was named to the 2016 All-Northeast Football Conference Second Team.
  • Mallory Claybourne, of Pittsburgh, Pa., will continue his football and academic career at Coastal Carolina University. Claybourne was the Falcons' starting wide receiver during the 2016-17 season and was named to the 2016 All-Northeast Football Conference First Team.
  • Isaiah Hardy, of Sicklerville, N.J., will continue his football and academic career at West Virginia University. Hardy was the Falcons' starting offensive lineman during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season. He was named to the 2015 All-Northeast Football Conference Third Team and the 2016 All-Northeast Football Conference First Team.
  • Jiare Hicks, of Newark, Del., will continue his football and academic career at Prairie View A&M University. Hicks was a linebacker for the Falcons during the 2016-17 season.
  • Anthony Mayes, of Washington, D.C., will continue his football and academic career at Texas State University. Mayes was the Falcons' starting offensive lineman during the 2016-17 season and was named to the 2016 All-Northeast Football Conference Second Team.
  • Kalen McCain of Philadelphia, Pa., will continue his football and academic career at North Carolina Central University. McCain played defensive back for the Falcons during the 2016-17 season.
  • David Pindell, of Columbia, Md., will continue his football and academic career at the University of Connecticut. Pindell was the Falcons' starting quarterback during the 2016-17 season. He was named to the 2016 All-Northeast Football Conference First Team, was an Honorable Mention pick for the NJCAA 2016 All-American Team, and was named 2016 All-Northeast Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year. During his time at Lackawanna, he set all-time Northeast Football Conference passing record in touchdown passes (31), passing efficiency (181.7), total offensive yards (2,882), and total offensive yards per game (262.0).
  • Damon Small, of Bayonne, N.J., will continue his football and academic career at Mississippi Valley State University. Small played defensive lineman for the Falcons during the 2016-17 season.
  • Malik White, of Woodbridge, Va., will continue his football and academic career at West Chester University. White played offensive lineman for the Falcons during the 2016-17 season.

Students who previously signed mid-year commitments are:

  • Quadrick Barnes, of Petersburg, Va., offensive lineman committed to Maine University.
  • Jerrod Diggs, of Washington, D.C., wide receiver committed to the University at Albany.
  • Nick Flores, of Guttenberg, N.J., defensive lineman committed to Morehead State University.
  • Josh Hall, of Hampton, Va., offensive lineman committed to Morehead State University.
  • Erik Hill, of Harrisburg, Pa., kicker committed to Millersville University.
  • Jaleel Howard, of Scranton, Pa., offensive lineman committed to Kutztown University.
  • Tim Soave, of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., defensive lineman committed to Slippery Rock University.
  • Will Sweeper, of Irmo, S.C., wide receiver committed to Catawba College.
  • Marcelias Sutton, of Warsaw, N.C., committed to the University of Oklahoma.
  • Justin Walker, of Bayonne, N.J., committed to the University at Albany.
  • Alex Woods, of Durham, N.C., committed to the University of Maryland.

Wednesday's National Signing Day event expands on Lackawanna's existing connections to many colleges and universities.

Wilkes-Barre native Mark Glowinski, from the Class of 2011, and Emmaus native Kevin White, a member of the Class of 2012, both transferred from Lackawanna College to West Virginia University. White was a 2015 first-round NFL Draft pick as a wide receiver with the Chicago Bears, and Glowinski is a guard for the Seattle Seahawks.

Baltimore Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, a 2011 graduate of Lackawanna College, transferred to Coastal Carolina University on his road to the National Football League.

Finally, Falcons Head Coach Mark Duda was a 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland who was selected in the fourth round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Duda retired from the NFL in 1987.

Additionally, this year marks the first time that Falcons football players have been recruited by Slippery Rock, Morehead State, and Prairie View A&M, expanding our players' reach to four-year institutions across the county.

More information about the Falcons football team can be found on the College's athletics website, www.lackawannafalcons.com.