Queen heading to Colgate
Altoona Area High School two-sport standout Jayvion Queen is a true student-athlete.
A Mountain Lion standout in football and basketball, Queen signed a Division I national letter of intent Wednesday morning to attend Colgate University where he will play football.
“It’s a prestigious academic school which has had a lot of success in football,” Queen said. “When I visited, the coaching staff was very welcoming.”
Queen also had offers from Fordham and Lafayette and visited Princeton, too. He plans to study mathematics at the Hamilton, N.Y. college.
Queen, 18, who stands close to 6-feet-5 and weighs about 275, is also a basketball standout at AAHS.
“Whenever I was in junior high, I thought I’d play basketball in college,” he said, “but my potential was in football.”
The Mountain Lions played in the WPIAL and that gave Queen the chance to play against Division I athletes every week.
“We weren’t always successful as a team, but the competition helped me individually,” he said.
Queen credited several Altoona coaches, naming Rock DePiro and John Kutz as line coaches who helped develop his game.
“Coach (Nick) Felus made the recruiting process easy for me,” Queen said, “and, although I had him only one year, coach (John) Franco helped me gain experience early.”
A two-way tackle in high school, Queen probably will be an offensive lineman at Colgate.
“Colgate’s tackles play out of a two-point stance and I was used to the three-point in Altoona,” he said, “so I’ll need to work a lot and get better in the two-point stance.”
Felus was Queen’s head coach the last two years and called him “a true student-athlete.”
“He’s a great individual,” Felus said. “He’s such a hard worker and good kid and does everything the right way — in the classroom and throughout the community where he volunteers his time..
“He also does a great job on the football field, is very humble and is a leader by example,” Felus noted. “He really improved his technique tremendously and we’re really proud of him.
“I’m sure he’ll be successful in anything he chooses.”
Queen was joined by his parents, Jahsun and Theresa, at the signing which took place in the AAHS auditorium.
Several AAHS administrators as well as teammates and classmates also attended the event and many posed for pictures with him.
“It means a lot to me to have them here supporting me,” Queen said. “It makes me feel great.”