First team All-Western New York linebacker Justin Jones of Canisius High School announced late Thursday night via Twitter that he will play football at Robert Morris.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Jones made 75 tackles and three interceptions as he was just one of a three returning starters from the Crusaders' 2014 state Catholic championship team. During his two seasons with Canisius, he helped the program compile a 20-3 record with wins over several notable programs including DePaul Catholic of New Jersey, Aquinas of Rochester, Cardinal Mooney of Ohio and, of course, Archbishop Stepinac of Westchester. The win over Stepinac came in the 2014 state final.
On offense, he was a big-play threat at receiver -- finishing with 589 yards and seven touchdowns.
Robert Morris is a Football Championship Subdivision program (formerly Division I-AA) in Moon Township, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The program was built from scratch beginning in 1993 by former New York Jets coach Joe Walton, who retired as Colonials coach in 2013. Robert Morris plays its home games in 3,000-seat Joe Walton Stadium, which opened in 2005.
National signing day is Feb. 3. He isn't the only All-Western New York pick expected to sign a letter of intent. Jake Fuzak of Williamsville South, the Trench Trophy winner as WNY's top lineman, will sign with University at Buffalo that day.