York High football players continuing to earn Division I scholarships
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Many senior football players signed with college football programs this week, but it was also an exciting time for some of YAIAA’s young players.
Two York High football players were awarded NCAA Division I scholarships last weekend. Sophomore wide receiver David Warde got an offer from the University of Charlotte while junior offensive tackle Michael McMonigle got offers from Charlotte, Syracuse and James Madison.
It was Warde’s first college offer after a second breakout season this fall. The 6-foot-1 receiver caught 63 passes for 933 yards and 10 touchdowns ― leading YAIAA Division I in all three categories. He played five games with over 100 receiving yards.
With two more seasons of high school football, Warde will likely see interest in him grow. Charlotte has been on the FBS Division I team for eight seasons and will move from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference next season. The 49ers went 3-9 last season.
Warde is also a promising basketball player who is averaging 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals for the Bearcats this winter.
“I always saw something in him. I always liked David,” York High quarterback Sam Stoner said last season. “I knew coming into the season David was going to be one of the most targeted guys. He’s developed really well over the last few years.”
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On the other hand, McMonigle has been attracting Division I interest since last offseason. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle received offers from Marshall and Old Dominion last summer after his first season as a starter. He added an offer from Towson this fall and now has six opportunities after last weekend.
Still, Syracuse is the first Power Five program to offer him an offer. The Orange compete in the ACC and are coming off a 7-5 season and a Pinstripe Bowl win. Syracuse also has York Suburban graduate Garth Barclay (a 6-foot-7 defensive lineman) on its roster.
James Madison just moved from Division I FCS to FBS last season, but went 8-3 his freshman year in the Sun Belt Conference.
McMonigle has also attracted interest from a number of top schools, including West Virginia and Penn State. He visited the Nittany Lions on January 23.
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The junior mammoth helped West Virginia rookies Jahiem White and Sam Stoner have monster seasons last fall. He was the leading lineman on a team that went 6-4 but averaged 450 offensive yards and 45 points per game.
While White headlined as a scholarship player at a Big 12 school, the Bearcats consistently sent players to college programs at all levels throughout the head coach’s seven-year tenure. Russ Stoner. Stoner said he believes 42 former York High players have been on varsity rosters since 2016.
This number will continue to grow. Senior defensive tackle Mikey Gray announced his commitment to Division II Kutztown over the weekend. On the other end of the spectrum, freshman defensive lineman Carmelo McKenzie looks like a budding college freshman.
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Wednesday marked the start of the traditional signing period for college football players after the first period was in December. A number of YAIAA seniors have signed up with programs.
Central York: Center Danny Pham, wide receiver Parker Hines and running back Ajani Walker have all signed with Division II East Stroudsburg.
Hannover: Quarterback Chase Roberts signed with Division III Susquehanna University
New Oxford: Elias Ernst has signed a preferred offer with Division I FCS Bryant
Southwest: Defensive back Carson Trone has signed with Division II Millersville.
Spring Grove: Wide receiver Logan Altland signed with Division II West Virginia Wesleyan
York Catholic: Quarterback LeVan McFadden signed with Division II Lock Haven
Matt Allibone is a sports reporter for GameTimePA. He can be reached at 717-881-8221, [email protected] or on Twitter at @bad2theallibone.