BG stars sign with Red Flash
Nick Leamer and Mark Conrad were able to carve their own individual niches as part of PIAA state football championship teams at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School.
Now both are turning the page and moving on to what they hope can be collegiate football distinction at Saint Francis University.
Leamer — a four-year two-way starter at tackle for BG who was named the Pennsylvania Football News Class 1A Lineman of the Year for 2017 — and Conrad, a two-year starter at wide receiver and defensive back who also started at quarterback for BG his senior year, will both sign national letters of intent this afternoon to attend Saint Francis, which competes on the NCAA Division I CFS (College Football Subdivision) level in football.
The signings will be held at 3 p.m. in the Bishop Guilfoyle library.
Leamer, a 6-foot-2, 285-pounder, was a stalwart on both sides of the line for Bishop Guilfoyle for four seasons.
He was an all-state selection in both his junior and senior years, along with earning the PFN’s Lineman of the Year award as a senior.
“For four years, he was incredible, and he got better every year,” BG coach Justin Wheeler said of Leamer. “He was our go-to lineman, and he was an anchor on both sides of the ball. With his size and power and speed, I think he will play a lot of football for Saint Francis. He’s coming to them with 60 games under his belt in high school. That’s quite a bit of experience to fall back on.”
Leamer, who carries a 90 average in the classroom at BG, plans to major in exercise science at Saint Francis, where he is looking to contribute to a football program that is emerging as the class of the Northeast Conference.
“It seems to be a good opportunity to see what I can do,” Leamer said. “I felt a good connection between the players and coaches, and it’s an up-and-coming program that is starting to play really well over the past couple years.”
Leamer also considered Shippensburg, Robert Morris, Duquesne and Millersville.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Conrad’s athleticism enabled him to contribute in a variety of ways both offensively and defensively during his high school football days at BG.
He showed proficiency running, throwing and catching the football as a quarterback and wide receiver, and earned an all-state selection as a defensive back during his senior season.
Conrad will be playing the free safety position at St. Francis.
“His ball skills and his athletic ability are through the roof,” Wheeler said of Conrad. “Add his incredible speed to that, and he’s the prototype defensive back that colleges are looking for — a 6-2 player with good ball skills who can run and jump.”
Conrad, who carries an ‘A’ average in the classroom at BG, will pursue a degree in physical therapy at St. Francis. He also considered Gannon and Duquesne.
“All three have good physical therapy programs, and I’m excited about playing the free safety position in football and competitive Division I football,” Conrad said. “I like playing free safety because it gives you the ability to make plays, and it’s a really fun position to play.”
Other BG athletes who will be making their formal college athletic commitments today include Max Sankey (Lock Haven University football), Daniel Ramsey (Millersville University football), A.J. Labriola (St. Francis University basketball walk-on), Aliyah Labriola (Chatham University basketball), Tessa Crider (Franciscan University basketball), and Carly Ebersole (LaRoche College volleyball).