First Big 30 additions include Salamanca’s Leland John
Linemen from Salamanca, Allegany-Limestone and Randolph comprise The first three names added to the New York roster for the 45th Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic.
Leland John, a 6-foot, 240-pound right tackle/defensive lineman from Salamanca, marks the Warriors’ first announced player for the game.
He has earned 2016 First-Team Class C South at offensive line and 2017 first-team in Class D, and the team’s 2017 Salamanca Unung Lineman Award. John said he’s thrilled to have made the Big 30 All-Star game and says it is an honor to have made the team. He is looking to make a name for himself in the contest.
His most memorable moment playing football was playing all season with Braden Siebert. His hobbies include motocross and fishing, his football team is Ohio State and his favorite player is Ira John. John plans to attend a local college to study media and compete in local professional motocross races.
Devin Foster, a six-foot, 245-pound offensive tackle/outside linebacker from Randolph, said he wants to play in the Big 30 game because he has a passion for football and a love for the game.
Foster, a merit roll student, has made second-team all-state defense and first-team all-state offense. His most memorable moment was winning states his freshman year. His hobbies include watching football and playing football. His favorite team is the Buffalo Bills and his favorite player is LeSean McCoy. Foster plans to go to college and study business and someday open his own.
Jake Giardini of A-L, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound offensive lineman/defensive end/defensive back, rounds out the first group of New York additions after a season including a Cross-Training Athletics Character Athlete of the Game Award. Giardini said he’s participating in this year’s Classic not only to play one more game but to represent his school and family like his father did when he played in the Big 30 game.
A National Honor Society member and part-time student Dean’s List at Jamestown Community College, Giardini plans to attend college and earn a degree in environmental science and work in the conservation field.
The first additions to the Pennsylvania roster were Otto-Eldred wide receiver/strong safety Dylan close, Ridgway left guard/defensive end Max Cowan and East Forest High School two-way lineman Anthony Smith, who played at Kane under a co-op.