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FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- Four Aurora High School football players signed commitments to play in college Feb. 6. The four marked the occasion with family, friends and media after school in the media center.
Athletic Director Paul Powers told the audience the scholarships amount to several hundred thousand dollars.
Lineman Patrick Dougherty will play for Indiana University, a member of the Big Ten Conference; Jake McVay for Kent State, Zach Quinn for Toledo and Zach Smierciak for Miami of Ohio. The latter three schools are members of the Mid-American Conference.
Powers and AHS head football coach Bob Mihalik said the school is extremely proud to have four players sign with Division I schools in the same year.
Mihalik pointed out that Aurora's total matches the number of St. Ignatius Division I signees, "but ours is from one community."
Dougherty, who had to sit out a portion of last season because of an injury, and Smierciak were named 2012 all-state first-teamers in Division II. Smierciak was defensive player of the year in the Northeast Ohio Inland District.
Dougherty is expected to play defensive tackle at Indiana and Smierciak is expected to play linebacker at Miami. They also were first-team all-district and first-team Chagrin Valley Conference honorees.
Smierciak had 123 tackles, including 13 for loss and five sacks, plus intercepted five passes.
Quinn was all-state special mention, first team district and first team CVC. He is expected to play linebacker at Toledo. He gained over 1,000 yards rushing last fall and had 90 tackles, including 11 for loss and six sacks.
McVay, who previously had committed to attend Youngstown State, changed his mind and is expected to play free safety at Kent State. He had 76 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass knockdowns.
He was first team CVC and second team district, and was a member of the CVC all-academic team.
CVC teams also had three other Division I commitments, including Sam Coverdale of Kenston, Grant Lingafelter of Chagrin Falls and Damon Washington of Kirtland. Portage County's only other Division I commitment is Streetsboro's Dorlan Williams.