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Tyrone Area QB Steve Franco issues oral declaration to Akron

Written by: on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011


One of District 6’s top returning passing quarterbacks will be continuing his collegiate football career in the Mid-American Conference.

Steve Franco, a 6’3, 180-pound quarterback for Tyrone Area High School, issued an oral declaration to Akron Wednesday, according to national recruiting service  The Zips were the only FBS school to offer the Golden Eagles’ senior-to-be, who had also received interest from programs like Connecticut, Kent State, Maryland, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple.

Franco is the seventh Keystone State quarterback prospect in the 2012 class to issue an oral declaration to a Division-1 FBS program and the second such prospect from District 6, joining Greater Johnstown wide receiver/linebacker Alkwan Williams (Pitt).

The Golden Eagles’ field general already holds school records for pass completions in a season (108, 2010), passing yards in a single season (1,962, 2010) and touchdown passes in a single season (19, 2010) and Franco also will more than likely etch his name in the Tyrone football annals for career passing yardage, career pass completions and career touchdown passes.  Tyrone Area has never produced a career 4,000-yard passer in its program history.

Franco helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 12-1 overall record, the Mountains Athletic Conference – Nittany Division Conference championship and the District 6 AA championship game in 2010 by connecting on 108-of-184 passes for 1,962 yards and 19 touchdowns against seven interceptions.  He threw for 100+ yards in 11 of 13 Tyrone games, including a pair of 200+-yard passing performances.

For his career, Franco has thrown for 3,475 yards and 34 touchdowns, posting an overall record as a varsity starting quarterback of 22-4 (.846).  He has helped lead Tyrone to consecutive District 6 AA championship games against Forest Hills, both of which ended in losses to the Rangers by a combined margin of 31-14.

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