Penn Hills lineman is the latest Indian to commit to Toledo

| Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

There must be something about the shores of Lake Erie that Penn Hills football players find appealing.

Bulky lineman Treyvon Hester on Tuesday became the third Indians senior to commit to Toledo, joining dynamic receiver Corey Jones and defensive back Chaz Whittaker. Players can begin signing letters of intent today.

"I liked the atmosphere," said Hester, an All-Quad East defensive lineman. "They had the atmosphere of a winning program that was ready to go forward and shock the MAC."

The trio is just the latest in a growing group of Penn Hills alumni to play at Toledo. Former Indians cornerback Brandon Hefflin, safeties Tyrell Herbert and Barry Church and linebacker Archie Donald played for the Midwestern Athletic Conference school in the past decade.

Continuing to play with his teammates factored into Hester's decision.

"My teammates, they bled and sweat with me the last three years," he said. "It will make the transition a little easier knowing I have a couple of my boys with me."

Hester visited Pitt two weeks ago and also had offers from Massachusetts, Temple, Kansas and Kent State.

Warriors make decisions

Penn-Trafford seniors Zach Emerick and Manny Simpson were considering numerous college offers, and today, they plan to sign with a pair of Division II colleges.

Simpson, a running back who gained more than 1,600 yards and scored 17 touchdowns last season, plans to sign with Indiana (Pa.).

Emerick, a quarterback who threw for more than 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns, plans to play at Mercyhurst. He also was recruited by Patriot and Ivy League schools.

Rippole considering Pitt

Montour fullback Anthony Rippole will choose between an offer from IUP and a chance to be a walk-on at Pitt, coach Lou Cerro said.

Vikings on the move

Cornerback Marzett Geter, a former Pitt recruit, and running back/linebacker Josh Beverly of Sto-Rox will be going to Slippery Rock, coach Ron Butschle said.

Natter to Mercyhurst

Thomas Jefferson senior tight end/linebacker Bruno Natter plans to attend Mercyhurst, where he also will play baseball.

Natter, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, chose Mercyhurst over an offer from Duquense.

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