Christian Clutter had a rare opportunity that few high school athletes possess.
Clutter, a dynamic football player and wrestler at McGuffey High School, had the chance to play both sports in college.
After a historic senior season in football, Clutter officially signed his letter of intent Wednesday to play at Seton Hill University.
“Actually, I didn’t even consider (Seton Hill) from the start,” Clutter said. “They contacted me, and I liked it more than I thought. The campus was great. The coaches were awesome. It seemed like the perfect fit and the right move for me.”
Clutter ran for 1,548 yards and 28 touchdowns, averaging nearly 11.5 yards per carry during his senior season. He scored 43 total touchdowns – five different ways – on the season and was named the Observer-Reporter Football Player of the Year.
His stellar season flipped the focus more toward playing football at the next level, despite dominating on the mat. Clutter’s career wrestling record is 149-25 at McGuffey, never having less than 30 victories in a single season.
“I love both sports and they’ve both helped me in life,” Clutter said. “Football just makes me a little more happier.”
George Mason and Pitt-Johnstown were two of the schools interested in Clutter as a wrestler. Nearly all local Division II and III schools were interested in him playing football.
He visited Seton Hill twice over the past month, which helped him make a final decision between playing for the Griffins or his other finalist, Marietta.
C-M trio choose Gannon: Consider Gannon University as Canon-McMillan North.
Three standout Big Macs’ football players, Drew Engel, Davey Cooper and Riley Noble, all signed with Gannon.
Engel, an Observer-Reporter Fabulous 15 selection, had 38 receptions for 530 yards as a senior. He also did it as a fill-in running back when the Big Macs’ needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Engel moved to the backfield and rushed for 292 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-12 victory over Norwin. Engel also patrolled the defensive backfield for Canon-McMillan, creating several big plays his entire career from his safety position.
Cooper might have put together one of the most impressive defensive seasons from a local player. Only 6-0 and 215 pounds, Cooper had 11 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in 10 games for Canon-McMillan to be named a member of the Fabulous 15. In a regular season game against one of the best offensive lines in the state, Pine-Richland, he had four sacks.
Noble has been a mainstay on the line of scrimmage for the Big Macs over the last several seasons. Narrowing down a long list of interested schools, including Wheeling Jesuit, the University of Findlay, Grand Valley State, Mercyhurst, West Liberty and Slippery Rock, Noble orally committed to Gannon about two weeks before signing Wednesday.
The three weren’t the only Big Macs to commit. C-M running back Josh O’ Hare, who returned to football for his senior season after a two-year hiatus, signed with West Liberty. O’Hare was a first-team all-conference selection in Class 6A. Safety Dillon O’Donaghue also committed to Baldwin Wallace.
All five were big parts in having Canon-McMillan return to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Diven continues QB tradition at South Fayette: Jamie Diven continued the tradition of South Fayette quarterbacks playing at the next level when he signed with West Liberty Wednesday, a Division II school in West Virginia.
After completing 189 of 312 passes for 3,211 yards and 45 touchdowns to help lead South Fayette to a WPIAL Class 4A championship, Diven became the fourth consecutive quarterback to start for the Lions and play in college.
Diven follows Christian Brumbaugh (William & Mary), Brett Brumbaugh (Duquesne) and Drew Saxton (Case Western Reserve) as quarterbacks to thrive under South Fayette coach Joe Rossi’s spread offense.
The four combined to throw for 28,305 yards and 331 touchdowns as South Fayette is 120-12 since 2009.
- Other players who officially signed Wednesday for the Lions were Mike Trimbur to Cornell and RayQuin Glover to Slippery Rock.
Other commitments: Beth-Center’s J.J. Greene committed to Wheeling Jesuit. The 6-1 wide receiver had 24 receptions for 344 yards and three touchdowns last season.
- For Peters Township, lineman Rob Corrado signed with Clarion and wide receiver Gabe Maloni committed to St. John Fisher College, a successful Division III school in Rochester, N.Y.
- Fort Cherry running back and linebacker Zach Vincenti signed with West Liberty. Vincenti had 642 yards and six touchdowns on 114 carries. He also added 12 catches for 137 yards and led the Rangers’ defense with 101 total tackles.
- Two-way Burgettstown lineman Colby Green committed to Waynesburg.
- Eric Oblak and Anthony Rebar, a pair of linemen from Belle Vernon, signed with Slippery Rock.
Local players attend Pitt’s junior day: In an attempt to hit the ground running on recruiting, three local high school football players spent last Saturday at Pitt’s junior day.
Washington High School’s Chase Mitchell and South Fayette’s Dom Thomas, a pair of junior linemen, attended. Mitchell, a 6-5, 310-pound offensive and defensive tackle, already has offers from Howard and William & Mary. Thomas, a 6-4, 290-pound offensive and defensive tackle, also has an offer from Howard.
Despite it being called junior day, Peters Township sophomore linebacker Corban Hondru also attended. Hondru had 67 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks to lead the Indians’ defense, which only surrendered 16.1 points per game and held opponents to fewer than 10 points six times. He was a Fabulous 15 selection.
PT’s Casilli earns offer: Peters Township junior wide receiver Josh Casilli picked up his first offer from Dartmouth. Casilli, another Fabulous 15 selection, had 51 receptions for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.