Friday, January 22, 2016

Falcon Football Verbal: Eric Sherkel

With signing day looming on the horizon,  BG has a verbal commitment from an "athlete" from Pennsylvania.  His name is Eric Sherkel.  He's 5'10" and 190 pounds and played at Moshannon Valley HS in Montour, Pennsylvania.  That's in the middle of the state, kind of between Pittsburgh and Philly.  You already know how I feel about guys from PA.

He was a very productive HS player.  Very.  And two-way.  He was named the area's player of the year, as well as a Pennsylvania all-stater and ICC all-star.  His team was undefeated this year and made a playoff run.

Check this out....

The biggest reason for the success of the Black Knight offense was dual-threat quarterback Eric Sherkel, who rewrote the record books during his time running the show. In 2015, Sherkel gained 1,843 yards on only 176 carries, good for a 10.5 average per rush, and he scored 25 rushing TDs. He also threw for 764 yards and five more scores against three interceptions and caught 22 passes for 387 yards and another five scores.

Ten of those receptions came in a Week 4 showdown against Mount Union when he collected 236 receiving yards and three scores to help the Knights to a 42-28 win. The total number of receptions and receiving yards are single-game records for Mo Valley.

On defense, Sherkel had a Progressland-best seven interceptions, returning two for TDs, and an area-high 11 passes defensed. Also a threat on special teams, he had two kickoff returns for touchdowns to help him to a Progressland-high 214 points scored.

Sounds like a guy we could use to me.  He had an offer from Columbia, so I assume the academics are strong, too.  He said Army was recruiting him hard, same deal.  He was considering walking on at Pitt or Penn State and had other MAC interest.

He played in a national all-star game---the Blue-Grey Game--in Florida.  They played him at slot and DB and I would assume that's what BG has in mind as well.

Welcome to the Falcons, Eric.

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