Portage County high school football signings

Record-Courier Staff Report Published:

MOVING TO THE NEXT LEVEL FROM PORTAGE COUNTY

Portage Trail Conference football coaches were asked to share which student-athletes would be extending their football and academic careers next fall. Here is the list of those standouts.

KENT ROOSEVELT

Tra Chapman, QB, Pittsburgh

2012: Passed for 2,901 yards and 33 touchdowns against nine interceptions. ... Rushed for 749 yards and 10 TDs. ... First Team All-Metro Division. ... First Team Northeast Inland District. ... First Team All-Ohio.

STREETSBORO

Dorian Williams, RB/DB, Princeton

2012: Rushed for over 2,200 yards and scored 27 TDs. ... First Team All-Ohio. ... Northeast Inland All-District Defensive Player of the Year. ... First Team All-Metro Division. ... Selected to play in OHSFCA North-South All-Star Game. ... Was also recruited by Air Force, Yale and Youngstown State.

Brandon Gency, LB, Ashland

2012: 85 tackles, 12 TFLs, four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one defensive TD. ... Special Mention All-Ohio. ... First Team Northeast Inland District. ... First Team All-Metro Division. ... Selected to play in OHSFCA North-South All-Star Game. ... Was also recruited by Gannon, Sioux Falls and Hillsdale.

WOODRIDGE

Hunter Niswander, K, Northwestern

2012: 46-of-46 PATs. ... 7-of-10 field goals. ... field goal longs included 52, 50 and two from 44. ... 36-of-50 kickoffs were touchbacks (72 percent). ... 28 punts averaging 40.8 and long of 57. ... 14 of punts were inside 20 and 21 were fair catches. ... First Team All-Ohio. ... First Team Northeast Inland District.

AURORA

Patrick Dougherty, OT/DE, Indiana

2012: First Team All-Ohio. ... First Team Northeast Inland District. ... First Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference.

Zach Smierciak, TE/OLB, Miami

2012: Northeast Inland District Defensive Player of the Year. ... First Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference. ... Akron Touchdown Club Player of the Year for Portage County. ... 15 receptions for 419 yards and six TDs. ... Led Greenmen with 123 tackles, including five sacks, 13 TFLs and five interceptions.

Zach Quinn, RB/LB, Toledo

2012: First Team Northeast Inland District. ... Special Mention All-Ohio. ... First Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference. ... Rushed for over 1,000 yards and totaled 32 career touchdowns. ... Had 90 tackles, with 11 TFLs and six sacks.

Jake McVay, RB/S, Kent State

2012: First Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference. ... Second Team Northeast Inland District. ... All-CVC Academic Team. ... Rushed for 806 yards and was team-leader with 17 TDs. ... Totaled 76 tackles with four interceptions. ... Made late decision to switch commitment to Kent State from Youngstown State.

-- Staff report

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