Alumni Update - Titus Howard (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

KANSAS CITY – Slippery Rock University football defensive back Titus Howard has accepted a free agent rookieHoward SRU tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Howard will fly to Kansas City this week for workouts with the team.

A 6-2 defensive back from Clairton High School, Howard declared early to become NFL Draft eligible this spring after finishing his junior year at The Rock last fall. He earned first team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors playing mostly as the boundary cornerback.

Howard finished the 2016 season with 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception and seven pass breakups. He appeared in 25 games in his two years with Slippery Rock after transferring in from the University of Pittsburgh. Howard tallied 101 total tackles and 29 passes defended during that stretch, averaging more than one pass breakup or interception per game.

After working out in front of scouts from 15 different NFL teams at Slippery Rock's Pro Day back in March, Howard was invited by more than a handful of teams to attend rookie tryouts. He and his agent chose the Chiefs as the best fit out of those offers.

Joining the Chiefs for a tryout will make Howard one of three recent Rock football players that will be playing professionally this offseason. Former offensive lineman Brandon Fusco is closing in on a new NFL contract for 2017 after starting in 64 NFL games over the last five seasons and former offensive lineman Cory Tucker recently signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Football: Boyd enjoying NFL experience, making Clairton proud

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles Clairton graduate Tyler Boyd, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.

"This time a year ago, Tyler Boyd was getting ready for his next step, future hanging in the balance and largely dependent on which NFL team liked him the most.

Now he's a year into the professional experience, still learning, still preparing for more, but willing and able to lend a hand or an ear to those following in his footsteps.

Boyd spent last weekend in Carson, Calif., site of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl where he spoke with the next crop of NFL hopefuls while promoting Panini America trading cards. Just another sign of life in the big leagues for Boyd, who wrapped up his rookie season in Cincinnati with 54 receptions, 603 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals.

"I feel like it was a real solid year for me," said Boyd, who caught at least one pass in every game. "I put up a good amount of numbers to help my team win. We didn't do too much of that, but it is what it is. I feel like all around I had a good season.""


Football: Clairton’s Hamlin visits Cincinnati

Written by Drew Karpen on .


With National Signing Day just a few weeks away, Clairton’s Noah Hamlin is zeroing in on his decision.


The 3-star recruit is visiting the University of Cincinnati this weekend. Hamlin has already received an offer from the Bearcats.


According to, Hamlin has also received offers from Akron, Boston College, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Connecticut, Duquesne, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Old Dominion, Temple, Toledo and Western Michigan.


Hamlin is one of the main cogs in the Bears winning back-to-back Class 1A WPIAL championships.


The 5-foot-11 senior was used a lot out of the Wildcat formation this year, throwing for 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed 70 times for 764 yards, caught six passes for 128 yards and scored 20 touchdowns.



Football: Clairton star picks Penn State

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko reports that Clairton star Lamont Wade committed to Penn State on Saturday.

"In a banquet hall next to a church, Lamont Wade had his pick from the trinity of local college football teams: Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia.

There was no divine intervention needed for this decision, though. It was the Nittany Lions who won the recruiting showdown for the WPIAL's highest-rated prospect in recent memory.

"The thing I was saying in my head was if Penn State could win, then I would love to be in that program," said Wade, who put on a Nittany Lions hat after lining up caps for all five finalists, which also included Tennessee and UCLA. "They showed me that they can win with the Big Ten championship."

Wade, who finished his career as the WPIAL's sixth-leading rusher all time and with the third-most touchdowns in Pennsylvania history, announced his long-awaited decision Saturday night at Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church's auditorium in Clairton. It was a packed house of family, friends, coaches, former teachers and a few media outlets at a commitment party that also doubled as a graduation party for Wade, who will enroll at Penn State for the spring semester and arrive on campus early next month."



Football: Bitter end to season for Clairton, but Bears could be back in Hershey

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles the Clairton football team.

2016 1216 Clairton Football(Photo: Bishop Guilfoyle's Evan Chadbourn leaps into the end zone for a touchdown against Clairton in the PIAA Class 1A championship Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"You could say Clairton coach Wayne Wade expects his team could be back in the state championship next year.

You could say that, but it would be an understatement,

"Without a doubt, we'll be back next year," Wade said not long after his team's 17-0 loss against Bishop Guilfoyle, a rare instance of the dominant Bears being humbled in a big game and shut out in any game. "We only have five seniors on this football team, so we'll be back next year."

At that point, a roar came from the sideline opposite Clairton's third-year coach."