Seven recruits sign with Rock
Star-studded list includes two first-team all-state players from Curwensville, a Big 33 All-Star Classic participant and a 2,000-yard quarterback
Rock head coach Dr. George Mihalik
Profiles of 2005 recruits
Feb. 2, 2005
Slippery Rock, Pa. - Rock head football coach Dr. George Mihalik announced a star-studded group of seven high school football players signed national letters of intent with The Rock on Wednesday.
The group includes two members of the Curwensville High School team that won Class A District 9 honors and advanced to the PIAA Western semifinals last fall, a quarterback who threw for more than 2,000 yards in his final scholastic season and a defensive lineman who played in the Big 33/U.S. Army All-Star Classic.
The list of players who signed with The Rock includes running back Nate Sipes from Curwensville, quarterback Brad Galvan from Strongsville, Ohio; defensive linemen Tyler Boudreau of Trinity High School in Harrisburg and Brad Sopic from Curwensville, linebackers Michael Kutchko from Springdale and Patrick Marsilio from Ambridge and defensive back Richie Barnes from Washington (Pa.) High School.
Sipes and Sopic earned first-team all-state honors after leading Curwensville to district and state honors. They were the Allegheny Mountain League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week selections, respectively.
Sipes rushed for 2,534 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2004 and averaged nine yards per carry. He was also the PIAA 189-pound wrestling champion last winter and is ranked fifth nationally by USA Wrestler as a 215-pounder this winter.
Galvan threw for 2,142 yards and 18 TDs as a senior en route to earning Pioneer Conference MVP honors. He completed 62 percent (113 of 182) of his passes and one of every two completions resulted in either a TD or a first down.
Boudreau competed in this year's Big 33/U.S. Army All-Star Classic after setting school records for single-season (21½) and career (32½) marks and tying the single-game (4) marks in quarterback sacks. He is also Trinity's all-time leader in tackles.
Kutchko earned Eastern Conference MVP honors as a senior and was a two-time all-conference selection at Springdale.
Marsilio earned a pair of Parkway Conference honors at Ambridge.
Barnes was a three-year letterman and two-time all-conference selection as a football player and a three-sport athlete (also basketball and track) in high school.