Over a dozen local football players headed to YSU on Signing Day

The YSU football team will sign at least 3 local players to scholarships this season and welcome ten more to compete for a spot on the team

Vinny Gentile, Jared Fabry, Dra Rushton


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown State football team will sign at least three players from the Mahoning Valley to scholarships this season, and welcome ten more to compete for a spot on the team and a future scholarship.

This year’s signing class will include:

Dra Rushton
Liberty High School
Rushton ran for 1,414 yards, passed for 954 yards and accounted for 36 total touchdowns his senior season at Liberty. He also recorded 2 defensive interceptions.

Vinny Gentile
Cardinal Mooney High School
Gentile was team captain at Cardinal Mooney and graded out at 87% his senior season, while recording 71 tackles, 11 for loss and 4 sacks.

Jared Fabry
Ursuline High School
Fabry completed 68 of 152 passes for 676 yards, rushed for 451 yards and accounted 11 total touchdowns his senior season at Ursuline.

The local players invited to compete in camp this fall include:

  • Jonah Spencer, Poland
  • Mike Diaz, Poland
  • Vinny Fiorenza, Canfield
  • Paul French, Canfield
  • Mitch Davidson, Salem
  • Michael Belcik, Girard
  • Nick DeSalvo, Austintown Fitch
  • Randy Smith, Austintown Fitch
  • Michael Clendenning, Beaver Local
  • Zach Thomas, Beaver Local

The Penguins also announced nine other signings on February 7. They include:

Jake Benio
6-4  / 240 / Tight End / Marietta, Georgia / Walton High School
Was a first-team 4-AAAAAAA all-region selection as a tight end…was a talented blocker…also played defensive end…Raiders were 11-1 in 2017…head coach was Daniel Brunner.

Brandon Finamore
6-6 / 290 / Offensive Line / Redwood City, California / Arroyo High School/Chabot Community College
As a sophomore, was an Honorable-Mention All-National Valley Conference…rated as the No. 66 Juco Offensive Lineman by GridironRR.com…was a two-year starter…coach was Eric Fanene.

Will Henry
6-5 / 250 / Defensive End / Lakewood, Ohio  / St. Edward High School
Played defensive end at Lakewood St. Edward…saw some action at tight end…also plays basketball…coach was Tom Lombardo.

Jaelin Madison
6-0 / 180 / Strong Safety / Norcross, Geogia / Norcross High School
Was a first-team 7-AAAAAAAA All-Region selection as a defensive back…had a career-high 17 tackles in win over Collins Hill…coach was Keith Maloof…brother plays basketball at High Point.

Markel Toney
6-5 / 195 / Wide Receiver / Lyndurst, Ohio / Brush High School
First-team Division II All-Ohio selection as a senior…named first-team Division II OPSWA…caught 51 passes for 768 yards and nine touchdowns…also played strong safety…Brush went 9-3 and the Arcs won the Western Reserve Conference title…coach was Jeff Fink.

Henry Yoboue
6-8 / 310 / Offensive Lineman / Frederick, Maryland / Gaithersburg High School/ASA College
As a sophomore was a starting offensive tackle for ASA in Brooklyn, N.Y….ASA won Valley of the Sun Bowl beating Mesa 28-23…Avengers were 9-1 in 2017…coach was Joe Osovet. Played two years of high school football.

Devanere Crenshaw
6-0 / 190 / Defensive Back / Riverside, California / Norte Vista/Riverside

Jaicorious Johnson
6-2 / 270 / Defensive Tackle / Opelika, Alabama / Opelika/Eastern Arizona/ASA College

Natavious Payne
5-10 / 170 / Wide Receiver / Doral, Floirda / Doral Academy

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