Local stars sign letters of intent
Mount Carmel Area seniors Eric Joraskie and Tyler Kwiatkowski signed the formal agreements, or Letters of Intent, to play football at Northwestern University and Columbia University, respectively, Wednesday.
In field hockey, Line Mountain's Ciera Lahr, a daughter of Dale and Marla, of Leck Kill, signed with Bloomsburg University to play field hockey. Lahr was named to the second team of the all-state squad and was on the first team of the Tri-Valley League all stars.
Joraskie, a son of Bill and Nancy, of Mount Carmel, is a two-time all-state player on the defensive line and is expected to play defensive end for the Wildcats, who play in the Big 10. Joraskie made 71 tackles and 5½ sacks last season. He originally commited to Northwestern in June and had held offers from Syracuse, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Rutgers, Kent State, Maryland and Vanderbilt.
"Before I even started the process I had said that Northwestern was a school I would consider because of its combination of academics and athletics," Joraskie told The News-Item days after he verbally committed. "Then when I visited, everything was perfect. The people were great, the campus was beautiful."
Kwiatkowski, a son of Kevin and Cheryl, of Mount Carmel, is expected to play outside linebacker for the Lions, who play in the Ivy League. Last season, Kwiatkowski made 48 tackles, one sack and had one interception.
He took an official visit two weeks ago and combined with the fact that it was an Ivy League education and that he could play defense it was the perfect fit.
"I fell in love with it up there," Kwiatkowski said.
Kwiatkowski had walk-on offers from Delaware and Richmond based on a film he sent out concentrating on his work as a tight end as a junior, but after putting together a defensive-themed film after this year, Columbia, which lost five linebackers to graduation, had a spot for the Red Tornado, who has modest expectations.
"I feel like defense is a lot more fun," Kwiatkowski said. "You get to run around and hit someone.
"I'd like to get on the field as soon as I can, even if it's on special teams."