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WPIAL Defensive Tackle Christopher Climes Commits to MAC Program

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After a long and humbling recruiting experience, Elizabeth Forward’s Christopher Climes announced that he will play Division I football at the University of Buffalo.

Climes — a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive tackle — picked Buffalo over other top-three choices, James Madison and Eastern Carolina, at Elizabeth Forward High School Tuesday morning.

When Climes cut his list of schools from 34 offers down to three near the end of June, he spoke about the connection he has built with Bulls’ defensive coordinator Joe Bowen.

“Coach Bowen was at Miami (Oh.) and he offered me – it was my second offer. I’ve been his No. 1 recruit for the past eight months. When he flipped to go to Buffalo, I was the first person he called to give a scholarship to,” Climes told Pittsburgh Sports Now in June.

Buffalo hosted Climes on an official visit from June 14-16 where he experienced some new aspects of the program he didn’t get to see on other trips he made to Buffalo.

“During the other visits, I got to know the whole football side of things. During the official, I got to know what it was like to be a student-athlete at Buffalo, so getting to know where all the buildings are for schooling and knowing where I’d be staying as a freshman,” Climes said.

By landing Climes, the Bulls are getting one of the most dangerous defensive players out of the WPIAL. Climes holds a 5.6 three-star rating as the 20th-ranked player in the state of Pennsylvania. During his junior season, Climes recorded 45 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 18 sacks.

Climes joins City League linebacker and University Prep product Xair Stevenson to join Buffalo’s 2025 recruiting class.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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