While he amassed 8,595 career rushing yards, the state's No. 2 all-time mark, Owen J. Roberts tailback Ryan Brumfield didn't exactly have college recruiters beating down his family's front door.
"I guess my size had something to do with it," the 5-foot-10, 178-pound senior said. "It was a little frustrating, but I didn't have any control over it. I'm going to try my hardest to make the teams that didn't recruit me regret it."
Brumfield will get that opportunity at the Division I-A level, and primarily against Mid-American Conference foes. The electrifying ballcarrier has committed to Eastern Michigan and is expected to sign with the Eagles on Wednesday, the first day of the national signing period.
"I liked the school a lot when I took my official visit," the Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection said. "The team has a relatively new and enthusiastic coach [second-year boss Ron English]. There seems to be a commitment to build the program up and make it a winner."
English and running-backs coach Doug Downing were in town Jan. 20 to visit with Brumfield and his parents, Dennis and Kathy. Last season, Eastern Michigan went 2-10 overall, 2-6 in the MAC.
Brumfield, clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, also had scholarship offers from Buffalo, New Hampshire, Towson, and Massachusetts.
The Chester Springs resident said he had spoken with Temple coach Al Golden before Golden left the Owls for the University of Miami.
"After that, I didn't hear anything from Temple," he said. "It didn't go anywhere."
Last season, while helping the Wildcats to a 9-3 record and an 8-1 mark in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, Brumfield carried 317 times for an area-best 2,844 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Elsewhere, George Washington's Claudy Mathieu and West Catholic's Jim Lynch, both two-way ends, have committed to James Madison and Norfolk State, respectively.
The 6-4, 210-pound Mathieu is projected to play defensive end at JMU. The 6-4, 225-pound Lynch, a second-team all-area pick, is expected to be a tight end for the Spartans.
Downingtown East quarterback Trey Lauletta, a 1,302-yard passer last season, is bound for Bucknell.
Loughery to VFMA. Though he had offers from Princeton and Holy Cross, Penn Charter quarterback John Loughery plans to play at Valley Forge Military Academy, in Wayne, in the fall.
"I sat down with my family, talked it over, and made the decision," the 6-5, 225-pound senior said. "In speaking with some Division I college coaches, they said another year of development would be good for me."
At VFMA, Loughery will be coached by Glenn Foley. Foley starred as a QB at Cherry Hill East and Boston College, and spent six seasons in the NFL. Tyler Hrycak, who quarterbacked the Cadets to an 8-0 record last season, has committed to Western Michigan.
Loughery, who passed for 1,715 yards and 15 TDs in 10 games last season, also considered attending Cheshire Academy in Connecticut.
Big 33. The 54th annual Big 33 Football Classic, set for June 18 at HersheyPark Stadium, will feature eight area players: La Salle's Jamal Abdur-Rahman (Villanova recruit), Radnor's Dave Bowen (Boston College), Conestoga's Dexter Bridge, Pottsgrove's Terrell Chestnut (West Virginia), West Catholic's Brandon Hollomon, Downingtown East's Tyler Kroft (Rutgers), Neshaminy's Corey Majors (Villanova), and Penn Wood's Shawn Oakman (Penn State).
Bridge, a wideout who last season made 55 catches for 746 yards and 12 TDs, is considering Delaware, Massachusetts, and Virginia Military Institute. Hollomon, a speedy two-way back for the Burrs, has offers from Norfolk State and New Hampshire. He might attend Cushing Academy, in Ashburnham, Mass., where his brother Rob played before moving on to Kent State.
La Salle's Drew Gordon (QBs and receivers) and Abington's Tim Sorber (offensive line) will serve as assistant coaches for Pennsylvania. The Keystone State's series with Ohio, an 18-15 winner last year, is tied at 9-9.
East-West game scrapped. The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association's East-West all-star game, held for the last 10 years in June at Altoona's Mansion Park Stadium, has been called off because of a lack of sponsorship.
Said PSFCA associate director J. Gawen Stoker: "We anticipate holding the East-West game in the future at a time and location still to be determined."
Four-pack. Notre Dame offensive coordinator and QBs coach Charley Molnar was in Warminster recently to check in on Archbishop Wood's four prized Class of 2012 recruits: two-way end Colin Thompson, tailback Desmon Peoples, and offensive linemen Frank Taylor and Brandon Arcidiacono.
Molnar invited all four to attend Notre Dame's Junior Day, scheduled for Feb. 26.
Extra points. Pottsgrove's Maika Polamalu, a running back and outside linebacker, is leaning toward Navy. A projected defensive back in college, the 6-foot, 205-pounder also has offers from Villanova and Temple. Falcons teammate and fellow 1,000-yard rusher Kayvon Greene, a rugged fullback and middle linebacker, is considering Valley Forge Military Academy. . . . Springfield (Delco) tailback Matt Craig, who netted 2,013 yards and 35 TDs last season, is likely headed to Valley Forge Military College or Lackawanna College. . . . Radnor QB Rob Collins is ticketed for Duke as a preferred walk-on. He threw for 1,527 yards and 12 TDs last year. . . . The 13th annual Valor Bowl, featuring Chester County's top seniors, is slated for June 2 at West Chester Henderson. Henderson's Joe Walsh will guide the East squad, and Downingtown East's Mike Matta will direct the West.
Contact staff writer Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019 or email@example.com.