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Standouts step to forefront on National Signing Day
by Greg Oshust
February 06, 2014 09:06 AM | 2165 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lovett's Grant Haley carries the ball in the Lions' 14-7 win over Lamar County in the Class AA state championship game Dec. 14.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lovett's Grant Haley carries the ball in the Lions' 14-7 win over Lamar County in the Class AA state championship game Dec. 14.
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Grant Haley will take the next step in his football career when the Lovett standout signs his letter-of-intent with Penn State on National Signing Day today.

Haley will be among a large number of area football standouts who will sign with colleges — including several who are slated to ink with Division I teams.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back/cornerback was originally committed to Vanderbilt, but instead decided to follow then-Commodore coach James Franklin when he replaced Bill O’Brien — who is now the coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans — at Penn State.

Haley, who will play cornerback at Penn State, enjoyed an ideal conclusion to his high school career as he rushed for 1,551 yards on 154 carries and scored 24 touchdowns, while garnering six interceptions on defense, to lead Lovett to the Class AA state football championship, the school’s first since 1970.

Westminster is scheduled to have three of its football players sign with Division I schools. Offensive tackle Sam Schmal and linebacker Cameron Seward are signing with Boston College, while quarterback Jake Forte is inking with Harvard.

Woodward also has three players signing — wide receiver Terry Googer with South Carolina, punter A.J. Cole with North Carolina State and offensive tackle Jack Bryant with Furman.

Pace will have two Division I football signees, with cornerback Denzel Franklin signing with Stanford and wide receiver Kameron Uter with Wake Forest.

St. Pius X is scheduled to have two of its standouts ink on the dotted line — cornerback Nick Ruffin with Auburn and linebacker Daniel Crochet with Cornell.

Marist offensive tackle Kendall Baker will also enter the Divison I ranks as he signs his letter-of-intent with Georgia.

Holy Innocents’ will have three players sign — quarterback Luke Wright (Cincinnati), defensive back Jack Talmore (Brown) and running back Owen Penn (Coast Guard Academy).
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