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Robert Morris announces 2016 class

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Head coach John Banaszak of the Robert Morris University football team announced Wednesday that 20 student-athletes have committed to join the Colonials for the 2016 season.

Nineteen of the players will join RMU as true freshmen in 2016 while the Colonials also welcome a transfer who will be a junior this upcoming season. Three of the incoming student-athletes are enrolled at Robert Morris for the current spring semester.

The 2016 RMU recruiting class includes student-athletes from seven distinct states. All seven Colonials that hail from Pennsylvania played in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League in high school. Of RMU’s incoming recruits, 14 are listed on offense and six are listed on defense.

“We’re very excited about the class of 2016,” Banaszak said. “This was a class where we had to fill a number of need positions, and I think we’ve done that. We’ve also been able to recruit some young men from championship programs. We had six local players that committed to us early, and those kids stuck with us even though they were still being recruited by other schools. I think we’ve addressed some needs on our offensive line, and I think we’ve also addressed some needs at receiver. The overall speed of our football team will also be much better because of this class.”

Five of RMU’s incoming recruits play wide receiver while the Colonials also welcome four student-athletes that can play on the offensive line.

Spring practice for Robert Morris begins the week of March 14. The annual spring game is tentatively set for Saturday, April 16.

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