SV’s Ketterer, Dahlstrom bound for SRU
Butler Eagle
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February 13, 2013

SLIPPERY ROCK — Slippery Rock University’s 2013 football recruiting list carries a definite local flavor.

Four of The Rock’s 16 signed recruits Feb. 6 — Butler linebacker Bob Vernick, Seneca Valley center Dean Ketterer and defensive lineman Nick Dahlstrom, Grove City linebacker Eric Record — are from the Butler County area.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Ketterer will join fellow Rock recruit Marcus Martin, a defensive end from West Mifflin, in the Big 33 Football Classic this June.

“This is the first time we’ve ever gotten two Big 33 players in the same year,” SRU coach George Mihalik said. “They are recognized as the best players in the state.”

Ketterer considered three other PSAC schools — Indiana, California and Mercyhurst — before deciding on SRU.

“I was impressed by the coaches and the campus up there,” he said. “I think it will be a great place to be.”

Ketterer was a two-year starter with the Raiders, playing 10 games at guard before starting his final eight games at center. He is carrying a 3.95 grade point average.

Seneca Valley finished 10-2 and reached the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals last season.

“Nobody mentioned anything to me about a redshirt,” Ketterer said. “I think they believe I can come right in there and play. I know that’s the way I’m thinking.”

Last year’s center, North Allegheny graduate Austin Fedell, was a senior. Seneca Valley graduate Brandon Fusco preceded him at center and is now a starting guard for the Minnesota Vikings.

“I know they (Fusco and Ketterer) talked,” Mihalik said. “Brandon was a kid who walked those same halls. Dean probably looks at him and recognizes dreams can come true.

“He is very athletic for a big kid. We love his quckness and size. Dean definitely has the opportunity to step in here, start and carry on our tradition of all-conference centers.”

The 6-3, 240-pound Dahlstrom, a three-year starter and 3.3 student at Seneca Valley, will be playing in the East-West All-Star Game in May. Three other Rock recruits — H-Back Mileak Ford of Gateway, defensive back Derrick Fulmore of West Mifflin and athlete Drew Scales of Central Dauphin — will be joining him in that game.

“Slippery Rock is the right fit for me,” Dahlstrom said. “They’ve been winning there and they’ve got a great team coming back. I want to be part of that.”

Like Ketterer, Dahlstrom was also recruited by California and Mercyhurst.

Dahlstrom was all-conference as a defensive lineman and offensive guard for the Raiders. He also plays baseball and lacrosse in high school.

“Nick’s got great technique and he’s quick coming off the edge,” Mihalik said. “Every one of our 16 recruits has a chance to contribute right away.

“It’s up to them how quickly they adapt to the college game.”

The 6-0, 215-pound Vernick had 101 tackles for Butler last season and was a two-year captain for the Golden Tornado.

The 6-2, 195-pound Record earned first team all-conference honors as a running back and linebacker at Grove City before attending Butler County Community College this year and transferring to SRU.

Record won District 10 track championships in the 100 and 200 meters in high school as well.

“Vernick is a throw-back, a physical, physical player,” Mihalik said. “When I saw his tape, we had to have him in the Green and White. He’s a long-snapper, too, and he could land that job as a freshman along with helping out at linebacker.

“Record was a productive player at Grove City who injured his knee. Other teams dropped off him, but we stayed on him and we’re thrilled to have him now.”

Rounding out The Rock’s recruiting list are defensive tackle Justin Barber of Lackawanna Trail, slot receiver Jordyn Bennett of Garnet Valley, lineman Nathan Brest of Mercer, offensive lineman Tyler DiRussa of DePaul Catholic in New Jersey, linebacker Bishop Gethers and slot receiver Cornelius Raye of Taylor Allderdice, running back Isiah Neely of Our Lady of Sacred Heart and mid-year transfer Matt Peacock, a defensive end from San Joaquin Delta Community College in California.