Seton Hill football inks 25 recruits in Class of 2014
As Seton Hill football coach Isaac Collins surveyed the list of the 25 recruits who inked letters of intent, the second-year coach said the coaching staff succeeded in bringing in bigger players at the skill positions, adding athletic players and building depth along the offensive line.
Those were areas Collins said his team needed to improve to compete in a tough Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Seton Hill ended a long losing streak by defeating Cheyney University in the final game of the season.
“When we came here, we knew it was going to be a process,” Collins said. “We have the resources of building something special here. We just have to get players that fit best here.”
Collins was hired late in the recruiting season in 2013 and said he missed on some of the local talent. He didn't this year.
While Collins is still actively trying to sign between 10 and 15 more players to the 2014 class, he succeeded in signing two Westmoreland County quarterbacks — Hempfield's Ty George and Latrobe's Logan Carns — who will play new positions for the Griffins.
George will play tight end and Carns wide receiver.
“Our goal is to sign between eight and 10 local players,” Collins said. “Ty and Logan are athletic kids who can easily make a switch.
“We also signed Penn-Trafford's Adam Polakovsky and Norwin's Luke Milcic, both who will play offensive line. We have a lot of local kids committed. We started on the locals last February.”
George, who picked Seton Hill over California (Pa.) and Duquesne, said Seton Hill is a good fit for him.
“I think I can make an impact,” George said. “It's in my backyard, so that's a positive. They're in a transition, and I'm excited about that.
“Coach Collins is looking to turn the program around. It's not going to happen overnight, but he feels getting me and other guys from the area will be a big plus.”
Collins has signed a mixture of incoming high school and prep school freshman, junior college players and a couple transfers.
The class is made up of athletes from 11 states, including six from Pennsylvania. Four athletes come from Virginia while three hail from Florida.
Others in the class Collins is high on are three big defensive backs: Otis Williams, Josh Pace and Robert Brown. All stand 6-foot-1 or taller.
“They all have the opportunity to push for playing time,” Collins said. “Jeremy Dixon, a defensive lineman from California, is another player who could make an immediate impact.
“When we started the recruiting process last spring, we wanted to accomplish two things: build depth and create competition at each position. We were able to achieve that throughout our team with this recruiting class.”
Seton Hill will open the season Sept. 4 at Offutt Field against Shippensburg.