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Greater Latrobe OL/DL Dylan Colucci issues oral declaration to Youngstown State

Written by: on Friday, December 2nd, 2011

One of the leaders in the trenches for Greater Latrobe High School has announced where he will continue playing college football.

Dylan Colucci, a 6’5, 300-pound offensive tackle/defensive tackle for the Wildcats, has issued an oral declaration to Youngstown State, according to his head coach, Ray Reitz.  Reitz said Colucci made his choice Thursday.

“He’s going to a very good program and a good situation – they (YSU) believe they’ll be competing for the FCS national championship in a few years,” Reitz said. 

“I think Pitt and West Virginia missed the boat (on Dylan),” Reitz continued.  “He’s better than most of the kids they recruited, but it is what it is.  I don’t care if you put that in print.”

Colucci didn’t field many offers during his recruiting process – in fact, Youngstown State was the only program to offer him during his process.  Division-1 pograms like Cincinnati, Connecticut, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, Wisconsin and West Virginia all showed interest at times through his process, but never pulled the trigger on a scholarship offer.

National recruiting service Scout.com rated Colucci as the 149th-overall offensive tackle prospect in the 2012 recruiting class and assigned him a two-star rating.

“He projects as an offensive tackle in college,” Reitz said.  “And he’s only 17.  He’s not done growing.  He might get to 6’6 or 6’7.”

Colucci played on both the Latrobe offensive and defensive lines as a senior, paving the way for an offensive unit which averaged 14.4 points per game.  He was also one of the leading tacklers on defense.  He’s been among Latrobe’s tackle leaders each of the last two seasons.

“He played well on both sides of the ball this season, but especially on defense,” Reitz said.

Latrobe finished 5-4 overall, but missed the WPIAL AAAA playoffs, as the Wildcats were not among the top four qualifiers from the Foothills Conference.

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