Latrobe linebacker Tucker Knupp picks Lehigh

Friday, February 19, 2021 | 5:18 PM

Latrobe senior Tucker Knupp will play college football in the Patriot League.

Knupp gave a verbal commitment to Lehigh, a Divison I-FCS program.

Lehigh was his only Division I option, but he also had interest from Carnegie Mellon.

A 6-foot, 220-pound inside linebacker, Knupp was a Class 5A Big East first-team all-conference player. A three-year starter, he also played tight end, where he was an outstanding blocker for the Wildcats.

Last season, Knupp had 52 tackles, seven for loss, six sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. Knupp was a general on the field, making all the defensive calls.

“He is a definite throwback,” Latrobe coach Jason Marucco said. “He is one of the most physical players I have had the opportunity to coach. Combine that with a tremendous work ethic and a willingness to prepare, and you have yourself a football player.”

He had 16 catches for 274 yards and three touchdowns, including a 64-yard catch.

“I chose to go to Lehigh because the coaches were really cool through the whole process, and it seemed like a great fit with football and education,” Knupp said. “They started to recruit me around November of 2020.”

Knupp will join another local product at Lehigh. Freshman lineman Christian Jablonski is a Ligonier Valley graduate.

Lehigh is scheduled to play four games in the spring after last season was wiped out by coronavirus concerns.

Another Latrobe alum, Reed Fenton, is a sophomore basketball player at Lehigh.

Lehigh assistant football coach Anthony DiMichele, a former Sto-Rox standout who played defensive back in the Patriot League at Holy Cross, jokingly hinted that Fenton may have had a hand in getting Knupp to Lehigh — or, that he at least gave the school a nudge to take a look at Knupp.

Knupp said Fenton’s fondness for Lehigh carried over to him.

“I knew that Reed really liked it out there, so I think that had something to do with it,” he said.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at or via Twitter .


More High School Recruiting

Latrobe soccer player Ava Yurko chooses Youngstown State
Penn State offers Latrobe LB Alex Tatsch after James Franklin’s chopper lands at school’s practice field
Former Imani Christian standout Alier Maluk commits to Florida State
Hempfield thrower Peyton Murray commits to Notre Dame
Slick-fielding Hempfield shortstop Allie Cervola picks Ohio