Navy offers Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 12:02 AM

Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli does not play basketball at his school, yet he has a photo of himself dunking one handed on an outdoor rim as his Twitter background.

It’s that kind of athleticism college football programs are starting to notice in Yacamelli.

The junior running back and defensive back added his first Division I-FBS offer Monday, from the Naval Academy.

He already has opportunities to play at two Ivy League programs, Harvard and Penn.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Yacamelli was the second-leading rusher last season for Penn-Trafford, which reached the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals. He ran for 680 yards and eight touchdowns, caught a scoring throw, and had an interception and fumble recovery on defense.

Wisconsin also has soft interest in Yacamelli, whose grandfather, Melvin Yacamelli, played football at Maryland.

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


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