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Strong Vincent players set for college

Written by: on Monday, February 2nd, 2009


Erie Strong Vincent put forth one of its best football teams in school history this past season.  Now, some of Tom Cacchione’s Colonels are reaping the benefits.

The most notable Colonel, athlete Deonte Flemings, will sign a letter of intent to play football for Grambling State University, according to Strong Vincent assistant coach Chris Spooner.  Flemings was a member of the Associated Press’ “AAA” All-state team each of the last three seasons.

The high school football career of Vincent’s multi-faceted athlete began in Alabama, where, as a freshman, Flemings was a starting cornerback for Parker High in Birmingham.  He intercepted 13 passes, and was tagged as one of the top cornerback prospects in the country.

Flemings came back to Pennsylvania for his sophomore year, which he spent playing for Central Tech.  He spent the last two years playing for Strong Vincent, in which the Colonels won consecutive District 10 “AAA” championships and finished with a record of 24-4.

Flemings was part of a Strong Vincent team that scored a school record 584 points this past season – the fourth highest total in District 10 history and the third-most points scored in a season by an Erie County football team.

Four other Strong Vincent athletes have the chance to play college football.  Two of them, DJ Barney and Darrell Brooks, Spooner said, are undecided. 

Two others, flanker Robert Joyce and tight end Brendan Marlow, are receiving some attention from smaller schools.  Joyce is most likely headed to Slippery Rock, while Marlow could head to Youngstown State.

Spooner said that there was an offer on the table for Marlow from IUP, but he wasn’t certain of the details.

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