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YORK-ADAMS FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Tomb, Pineda, Beans make college choices

ROB ROSE
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  • Central York's Judah Tomb will play FCS college football for Saint Francis.
  • York Suburban's Isaiah Pineda will NCAA D-II football for Lock Haven.
  • New Oxford's Connor Beans has committed to play D-III football for Delaware Valley.
Central York's Judah Tomb catches a pass for a touchdown during a PIAA playoff game vs. Delaware Valley.

For a while this season, Central York's Judah Tomb wasn't getting much attention from the college recruiters, despite enjoying a stellar season for one of the top teams in the state.

Eventually, however, Tomb's talent couldn't be ignored. The recruiters started to pay attention to the Panthers standout.

Sunday, Tomb announced his commitment to play at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level for Saint Francis University in Loretto.

Tomb is coming off a dominant senior season that saw him named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers' Class 6-A All-State Team. He was a big reason that Central enjoyed a history-making season, winning the Y-A Division I and District 3 6-A crowns, while also finishing second in the state in 6-A.

Tomb was a force for the Panthers in all three phases of the game and was a Y-A D-I first-team all-star at wide receiver, safety and returner. He led the Y-A League with 844 receiving yards and scored 12 touchdowns.

The Panthers' senior held seven offers, including NCAA D-II programs Millersville University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and East Stroudsburg.

“First, I want to thank God for my talent,” Tomb wrote on Twitter. “Second, I want to thank my family for their endless support. Lastly, thanks to every coach that has been a part of my life. I am happy to announce that I have committed to Saint Francis University!”

Delone Catholic vs York Suburban during football action at York Suburban Senior High School in Spring Garden Township, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. York Suburban would win the game 42-14. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Pineda to Lock Haven: York Suburban's Isaiah Pineda committed to play at NCAA D-II Lock Haven University on Monday.

Pineda played tight end and defensive end for the Trojans. In 2020, he was a Y-A D-II second-team all-star on defense and in 2019 recorded 343 receiving yards.

"I am blessed to say that I will be committing to play football at Lock Haven University," Pineda wrote on Twitter. "I first want to thank God for all of his blessings. Second, I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches for helping me throughout the process! #BurnTheShip"

New Oxford's Connor Beans, right, slips past Kennard-Dale's Andrew Amrhein during football action at New Oxford High School in New Oxford, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. New Oxford would win the game 28-12. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Beans to Delaware Valley: New Oxford’s Connor Beans was a Y-A D-II second-team all-star but was third in the Y-A League with 1,268 passing yards and led New Oxford to an undefeated regular-season record in its first season in D-II. 

The Colonials' quarterback had offers from several NCAA D-III programs, but recently landed on Delaware Valley University.

“First, I want to thank God for everything he has done to help me get where I am today,” Beans wrote on Twitter. “Next, I want to thank my parents and siblings for helping me in every step of this process. Lastly, I want to thank friends, teammates, trainers and coaches for everything they have done. With that being said, I would like to announce that I have decided to continue my athletic and academic career at… Delaware Valley University!.”

Hulslander set to make choice: Kennard-Dale senior lineman Gabe Hulslander will announce his commitment on Jan. 23.

Hulslander holds offers from NCAA D-II programs Millersville and Edinboro University. The Rams' captain was named Y-A D-II Defensive Player Of the Year and was an all-star offensive lineman the past two seasons.

St. Joseph's Prep's Zavier Atkins, right, moves in to take down Central York's Isaiah Sturgis during PIAA Class 6-A Football Championship action at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. St. Joseph's Prep would win the title game 62-13. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Sturgis, Smith have offers: Central York senior running back Isaiah Sturgis took over the lead in the Panthers' backfield this past season, and his 701-yard campaign put him at 1,303 career rushing yards.

Sturguis was a Y-A D-I first-team all-star and holds preferred walk-on offers at NCAA D-I FCS programs Sacred Heart and Saint Francis.

Central York senior linebacker Jack Smith could join his teammate Sturgis again in college.

The Panthers' defensive leader also holds preferred walk-on offers from Sacred Heart and Saint Francis.

Smith recorded 106 total tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and three forced fumbles in 2020. He was named to the 2020 Maxwell Football Club Mini Max Pennsylvania Team and was selected to the Y-A D-I first-team all-star squad.

Central York's Ian McNaughton (52) pursues West York's Joseph DeJesus during football action at West York Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Bill Kalina photo

DeJesus has offer from Bloom: West York's Joey DeJesus holds an offer from NCAA D-II Bloomsburg University.

DeJesus was a Y-A D-II second team all-star safety in 2020 and a first team all-star in 2019.

Reach Rob Rose at rrose@yorkdispatch.com.