College signing: Micah McConnell, Juniata football

Name: Micah McConnell

High school: Cambria Heights

Hometown: Patton

Sport: Football

Position: Defensive tackle (nose tackle)

College choice: Juniata

Other colleges considered: Washington & Jefferson

Why I picked Juniata: “Because it was close to home, and when I went on the tour, I felt like I was at home, and my family was all around me.”

Greatest high school achievement: “I was named to the homecoming court, and I was the most outstanding defensive player of the year for the Southern Alleghenies Football Coaches Association. I was MVP.”

Coach Jarrod Lewis’ quote: “We’re excited for Micah. He’s a great representation of Cambria Heights. He’s active in the community. Juniata got themselves a really good player and a really good human being.”

How I got my start playing football: “When I was born, my brother played all of these sports, so I thought to myself I wanted to do every sport, but I really loved football the most.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Hang out with friends, play basketball, church counselor at Camp Allegheny, singing, swimming.

What getting to play in college means to me: “This was my dream when I was young. I wanted to to prove my parents and friends and my pap who passed that I have what it takes to make through college while playing sports.”

Probable college major: Early child development to become a teacher

Parents: Sharon and Clifford McConnell