Derry’s Adams, Ligonier Valley’s Spiker pull in offers from St. Francis (Pa.)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 2:46 PM

Like the big boys themselves, Division I college interest in area linemen keeps growing in size.

St. Francis (Pa.) is following suit with a number of other FCS schools in the market for front-line talent by making inroads to Westmoreland County programs.

Two more local players received scholarship offers this week — both from St. Francis — in Ligonier Valley’s Wylie Spiker and Derry’s Gavin Adams. Both are rising seniors.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Spiker is a two-way tackle for the Rams and also has an offer from Duquesne.

The Red Flash offer is the first for Adams (6-4, 280), a first-team all-conference blocker who plays left tackle and defensive line.

Other local incoming seniors with offers include Derry’s Max Malis (6-2, 270), a tackle and defensive end, who was offered by Air Force; Belle Vernon rising senior Hayden Baron (6-3, 260), who has offers from Valparaiso and Robert Morris; and Penn-Trafford tackle Derek Sutherland (6-2, 240), who also has a Valparaiso offer.

Hempfield two-way lineman Fintan Brose (6-4, 280) committed to Delaware, while Ligonier Valley offensive guard and defensive tackle Michael Petrof (6-2, 275) chose to play at Navy, and Ligonier Valley tackle and defensive end Christian Jablonski (6-5, 260) is headed to Lehigh.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a TribLive reporter covering local sports in Westmoreland County. He can be reached at

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