PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Jon Runyan Jr., a standout offensive lineman for the St. Joseph’s Prep football team, is currently in the running for the title of Mr. PA Football 2014. The statewide contest, which pits well known names on the football field against each other, has fans voting for their favorite athlete in order to determine who will hold the distinction of being Mr. PA Football for the next year.
Son of former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan, Runyan Jr. was part of the team that won back-to-back PIAA Class AAAA championships. He has also been named to the 2014 Pennsylvania Writers’ AAAA All-State team. Now a senior, Runyan Jr. has already committed to playing for University of Michigan in the fall.
“We are proud of Jon Daniel and his accomplishments,” said St. Joseph’s Prep Head Coach Gabe Infante. “His dedication, sacrifices, and work ethic are a primary reason for our unprecedented success. Personally, I have great admiration and respect for the class with which Jon Daniel has conducted himself over the past four years. He is a tribute to his family and friends. We will miss him greatly!”
Runyan Jr. has been nominated and selected to be amongst the top five high school football athletes statewide through a unique voting process. The fans, media, and coaches each represent one-third of the vote.
Fans can cast their vote at Mr. PA Football webpage. The final voting deadline for the winner of Mr. PA Football is February 15.
All of the remaining nominees — who are listed below — have been invited to attend the banquet where the Mr. PA Football winner will be announced. Penn State head coach and keynote speaker James Franklin will present the awards. Manheim Central coach Mike Williams will also be honored with the Legendary Coach Award during the banquet. CBS 21’s Jason Bristol will be emceeing the event.
The banquet will be held on Saturday, February 21 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Harrisburg. Fans are encouraged to attend – tickets can be purchased at www.MRPAFootball.com. Ticket holders are also entered into a door prize for a chance to attend the sponsors reception with Coach Franklin and the final Mr. PA Football nominees..
Proceeds from the event benefit Vickie’s Angel Foundation.
Class AAA/AAAA Top 5 finalists
Sr. QB Ben Dinucci, Pine-Richland
Sr. RB Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt
Sr. RB Saquon Barkley, Whitehall
Sr. ATH Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley
Sr. OL Jon Runyan Jr., St. Joseph’s Prep
Class A/AA Top 6 finalists
Sr. QB Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette
Sr. RB Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport
Sr. RB P.J. Fulmore, North Catholic
Sr. RB/DB Sam McCloskey, Bishop Guilfoyle
So. RB Lamont Wade, Clairton
Sr. ATH/QB Kyle Datres, Loyalsock