Central York wins 24-21 over Red Lion in week 8 football
Less than two weeks ago, Central York quarterback Cade Pribula received an official scholarship offer from the University of Delaware.
After what Pribula called a "thorough" decision-making process, he chose Thursday to give a verbal commitment to the Blue Hens.
"I loved the coaching staff and I liked where the program is headed," Pribula said. "They're six-time national champions and the program is back on that course, and I see myself being part of that process."
Delaware is an NCAA Division I football school that plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level.
The Hens were 7-4 a season ago, including a 5-3 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. That was Delaware's first season under head coach Danny Rocco. Pribula chose Delaware over Albany, another CAA program. He also had an offer from Sacred Heart.
The Hens' last national title came in 2003 at the NCAA Division I-AA level. They returned to the FCS national finals in 2007 and 2010.
Strong numbers: The 6-foot, 1-inch, 200-pound Pribula has excelled for the Panthers. As a junior, Pribula led the York-Adams League in passing after throwing for 1,811 yards and 18 touchdowns during a 6-4 season for a Central team that finished in a tie for third in the York-Adams League Division I standings.
Those totals came on the heels of an even more impressive sophomore campaign for Pribula, who threw for 2,027 yards and 18 TDs while helping the Panthers to a second-place finish in the division as well as a berth in the District 3 Class 6-A playoffs.
Wants to focus on senior season: Now, as he enters his senior season, Pribula wanted to get the college decision behind him and concentrate solely on the Panthers' 2018 campaign.
"I want to focus on my last season in orange and black," Pribula said. "I think we're building something special. ... I think we're going to have a great season and compete for the Division I title, something we haven't won in four or five years, and we're going to make a strong push in districts. We're overdue and we're going to represent York County well."
A QB school: Delaware has a reputation for developing some well-known quarterbacks. Current Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, a Super Bowl champion and MVP in 2013, starred at Delaware, as did four-time Pro Bowler Rich Gannon, who last played in the NFL in 2004.
"It very cool to be in the same category as Joe Flacco," Pribula said. "...It's a quarterback school. The road to starting is going to be very tough and competitive. I'm very honored to be a Delaware quarterback because they've produced such great quarterbacks."
Pribula and the Panthers will open their 2018 high school season on Friday, Aug. 24, vs. visiting West York.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.