SCRANTON, Pa. – Ten outstanding student-athletes from the Lackawanna College Falcons football team signed their National Letters of Intent today, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 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 23 students transfer to four-year programs across the country from the 2017-18 team. This year's class includes multiple transfers to Pace University, Seton Hill University, the University of Rhode Island, and more.
"This group is amazing because they continue to highlight the consistency of our program," Head Football Coach Mark Duda said. "The last several years, we've sent more than 20 guys per year to outstanding colleges and universities. To have year after year of scholarly athletes transfer and represent this institution is more important than any win during the season."
Students signing their letters of intent on Wednesday were:
- Quarterback Carlton Aiken, of Gibbstown, N.J., will continue his football and academic career at Pace University.
- Matthew Bonish, of Harrisburg, Pa., will continue his football and academic career at Seton Hill University. Bonish was a long snapper for the Falcons during the 2017-18 season and was named to the 2017 Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) All-Academic Team.
- Linebacker London Cloud, of Bedford, Ohio, will continue his football and academic career at California University of Pennsylvania. Cloud was a member of the 2017 Northeast Football Conference First Team.
- Eric Finney, a running back from Waldorf, Md., will continue his football and academic career at Seton Hill University.
- Elijah Harrison, of Linden, N.J., will continue his football and academic career at Central Connecticut State University. The defensive back was a member of the 2017 EPAC All-Academic Team.
- Branyan Javier-Castillo, of Gaithersburg, Md., will continue his football and academic career at the University of Rhode Island. A linebacker for the Falcons, Javier-Castillo, was a 2017 member of both the Northeast Football Conference First Team and EPAC All-Academic Team.
- Jo-El Shaw, of Pittsburgh, Pa., will continue his football and academic career at Kent State University. The running back was a member of the 2017 Northeast Football Conference First Team.
- Eli Simmons, of Bloomfield, N.J., will continue his football and academic career at Pace University. The defensive back was a member of the 2017 EPAC All-Academic Team.
- Defensive end Keith Wells, of Pittsburgh, Pa., will continue his football and academic career at the University of Rhode Island.
- Joseph Wilkins-Jones, of Washington, D.C., will continue his football and academic career at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. The defensive lineman was a 2017 member of the Northeast Football Conference Second Team.
Students who previously signed mid-year commitments are:
- Daymon Anderson, of Silver Springs, Md., cornerback committed to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
- Kyle Boney, of Emmaus, Pa., linebacker committed to West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
- Terry Bradley, of Leesburg, Va., offensive tackle committee to the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Chase Brown, of Ashburn, Va., offensive lineman committed to the University of Pittsburgh.
- Travis Crummy, of Steelton, Pa., tight end committed to Seton Hill University.
- Michael Dare, of Elmwood Park, N.J., quarterback committed to Sam Houston State University.
- Devon Davis, of Wyoming, Ohio, offensive lineman committed to the University of Pittsburgh.
- Juwan Green, of Martinsburg, W.Va., wide receiver committed to the University at Albany, SUNY.
- Rashied Mallete, of Goldsboro, N.C., wide receiver/running back committed to Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
- Tahj McDaniel, of Bloomfield, Conn., offensive lineman committed to the University of New Haven.
- Myles Turner, of Harrisburg, Pa., defensive lineman/nose tackle committed to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
- David Vargas, of Randolph, N.J., defensive lineman committed to the University of Sioux Falls.
- Reginald Williamson, of Lynn Haven, Fla., linebacker committed to the University of South Alabama.
Wednesday's National Signing Day event expands on Lackawanna's growing record of developing junior college athletes into top performers at colleges and universities across the country on their road to becoming professional athletes.
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 Indianapolis Colts.
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. In addition, 2014 Lackawanna College graduate guard/tackle Jermaine Eluemunor transferred to Texas A&M and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2017 NFL Draft.
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.
More information about the Falcons football team can be found on the College's athletics website, www.lackawannafalcons.com.