Two Davidson Day football players commit to colleges

DAVIDSON DAY – Davidson Day offensive lineman Schuyler Coleman and wide receiver Jordan Young, both all-state picks who helped the Patriots win a state championship, made college commitments last week.

Young, a senior, committed to Cornell University on Dec. 14, after visiting the school the previous weekend and receiving an offer. He caught 65 passes for 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He had career totals of 116 catches for 1,687 yards and 22 scores. He was twice named to all-state teams and played for the North Carolina team in the Oasis Shrine Classic two weeks ago in Mooresville.

Young is a two-time state champion sprinter. He ran the leadoff leg for the Patriots’ 400- and 800-meter relay teams last spring. He is a National Honor Society student and won the Headmaster’s Academic Achievement, Leadership, & Character Award for his academic achievements and leadership in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

Young also received an offer from Davidson College and had drawn interest from William & Mary, San Diego, Columbia, Pennsylvania and Duke, among others.

Coleman, who is 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, committed to North Carolina on Dec. 15. He played his senior season at Davidson Day, after stints at Concord First Assembly and East Mecklenburg High.

Coleman overcame six leg surgeries as a youngster, when he was diagnosed with Blount’s disease, a rare growth disorder of the shin bone (tibia) in which the lower leg turns inward, resembling a bowleg. Coleman spent time in a wheelchair and battled through painful rehabilitations. He also was considering an offer from Appalachian State.

Playing center is a snap for SouthLake Christian’s Lutzel

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy football player Chris Lutzel, a sophomore, is gaining notoriety as a center and long snapper.

Last week Lutzel was named to the National Underclassmen All-American Combine in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Dec. 18-22 and the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 5-7. Lutzel is listed as one of the top 25 long snappers nationally by Nike/Rubio.

Lutzel also will compete Jan. 19-20 at the Nike/Rubio Long Snapping Event in Las Vegas. He has received recruiting attention from Virginia Tech, Temple and Texas-El Paso, among others.

“Timing and consistency are critical on every offensive play,” SouthLake coach Geoff O’Donnell said. “Our center must be able to diagnose the defense, make a great snap, and execute a block, every time.  Chris puts in the time and effort in the off-season so he is ready to go for the Eagles.  He truly is one of the best in the business.”

Last off-season, Lutzel was invited to elite long-snapping events including the Nike Underclassman Invitational in Los Angeles, the Nike/Rubio National Long Snapping Competition in Las Vegas, and was picked to compete at the Football University’s “Top Gun” Camp in Williamsburg, Va.

Three Wildcats named All-PFL

DAVIDSON – Davidson College wide receiver Lanny Funsten, tight end Reese Williams and linebacker Patrick Moynahan were named to the All-Pioneer Football League team.

Wildcats offensive lineman Adam Kurtz, defensive back Adam Dulberger and punter Chazzo Habliston were all-confernece honorable mentions.

The team was voted by the league’s coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their players.

Funsten, a three-time All-PFL honoree, became Davidson’s career leader in receptions (229), receiving yards (2,770) and receiving touchdowns (20) as a senior this season. He caught a team-high 78 passes for 948 yards and six touchdowns. Funsten set a PFL record with 17 receptions against Jacksonville, totaling 246 yards. He also had a 13-catch, 131-yard game against eventual league co-champion Butler.

Williams, a junior, caught a career-best 51 receptions for 522 yards to rank second on the team. His top performance came in an overtime win at Valapraiso, in which he caught 10 passes for 131 yards.

Moynahan set a Davidson season record with 122 tackles. His average of 11 per game ranked second in the PFL and 11th in the nation. Moynahan’s top performance came at Marist when he made a school-record 22 tackles.