Steve Arnold took over as Warren Harding head football coach in 2012.
In 2016, he had 13 seniors sign national letters of intent, the most ever under his watch.
With seven players announcing their intentions Thursday morning in the school library, his 2018 team now has eight total players — Kay’Ron Adams was a Rutgers University December signee — moving on to the college ranks to become the class with the second most signees in his seven seasons at the helm.
“It’s always a great day when our young men can pursue a college education through the vehicle of football or athletics,” Arnold said. “The success that we enjoyed this season was because of this strong senior class. They will be sorely missed. The one thing I told them was to never forget where you came from.”
Those inking national letters were cornerback Troy Jakubec, the lone Raiders’ player to commit to a Division I school, as he will attend Youngstown State University and play for head coach Bo Pelini.
Division II commits include two-way lineman Simahjay Warfield and defensive tackle Jaquahn McIntosh, who will attend Lake Erie College, wide receiver Jakari Salter, who will attend Notre Dame College, offensive lineman Maurice Moore, a Glenville State commit and wide receiver Jeremy Wilson who will play for the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
Linebacker and defensive end Bill McCready will play for the Thiel Tomcats, a Division III program.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.