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WPIAL three-star safety John Wetzel committed to Marshall on June 25 after playing high-school ball for Latrobe.

Latrobe football already has one Class of 2025 prospect heading to the Power 4 level in Penn State linebacker commit Alex Tatsch and there could have been another one.

However, three-star safety John Wetzel opted to pass up offers such as West Virginia, Cincinnati and Boston College for a Group of Five school as he announced his commitment to Marshall via X on Tuesday.

Additional offers for the 6-foot 195-pound recruit included Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Delaware, Akron, Kent State, Temple, Old Dominion, Robert Morris, Lehigh and Monmouth.

Wetzel, who ranks as the 26th player from Pennsylvania and the 93rd-overall safety, according to 247Sports, saw his first offer come in weeks after the conclusion of his junior season before picking up his offer from Marshall on Jan. 30.

He took an official visit to Huntington, W.Va. starting on June 14 and also made a previous trip to take in a Marshall versus Virginia Tech game in September.

This past fall, Wetzel guided Latrobe to an 8-4 record as the team’s quarterback, along with lining up at safety on the defensive side of the ball.

He compiled an impressive stat line offensively, passing for 1,289 yards and 17 touchdowns, while adding 1,117 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground.

At safety, he totaled 73 tackles, three interceptions, including a pick-six, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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15 days ago

Choosing a power 5 is not always the best choice for everyone. My son chose Kent State back in 2012, and he never regretted it. He now has a PhD and is a professor at FSU. Think beyond football.

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