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Gateway standout Chuba makes YSU his choice

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express
Gateway senior Anthony Chuba, at left, signs on to play football and continue his education at Youngstown State University. With Anthony is his mother, Michelle Johnson and Bill Short, principal at Gateway High School.

Anthony Chuba wasn't among those Gateway seniors who celebrated college football choices on National Letter of Intent Signing Day in February.

His decision, however, came last month, but he is excited to get started at Youngstown State when camp with the Penguins opens in early August.

“I always looked forward to possibly being part of signing day, but I was going to make the right decision for me no matter how long it took. It worked out for me,” Chuba said.

“Since I started to play football, I've always been excited to play at the next level, and now, the next level is college. It's always been my dream to play Division I.”

Chuba said the coaches at Youngstown State were very welcoming and the players made it an environment in which he could quickly get comfortable.

“It's close to home, but not too close,” Chuba said.

“My mom and others will be able to see me play. That's important. I'm satisfied. I made the right choice.”

Chuba said he will be in the mix at defensive back and probably will redshirt this fall.

“There are other talented players there already or who are coming in this fall,” Chuba said. “I fought for playing time at Gateway, and I have no problem doing it again.”

There is a strong WPIAL presence on the Youngstown State roster, including former Gateway teammate Anthony Parente who will be a redshirt freshman offensive lineman in 2014.

Chuba said coaches during his time at Gateway — Terry Smith, Don Smith and Donnie Militzer — were very influential in helping prepare him for what he will expect in college, both on and off the field.

Youngstown State was 8-4 overall in 2013 and 5-3 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

The Penguins are in the Football Championship Subdivision.

�Chuba is a Pittsburgh native, but he lived and attended school several years in the Harrisburg area.

He moved back to Monroeville before his sophomore year, and his three-year tenure on the Gateway football team began.

Chuba's sophomore season was wrought with adversity as a broken collar bone ended his campaign before it really got started.

But he rehabbed, worked in the weight room and with conditioning and was ready to go for his junior year.

Chuba worked a majority of his junior season on the junior varsity team, as cracking the varsity lineup for the Gators was a challenge.

He continued to progress, and as a senior last fall, he earned a spot in the varsity lineup in the secondary.

“We were loaded everywhere on varsity, and my junior year was a good learning year for me,” Chuba said.

“Last year, I wanted to play and get on the field the quickest way possible. A slot opened at cornerback, and I worked hard to get that spot.”

Chuba recorded 16 tackles in game action for the Gators in 2013.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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