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Two local standouts decided to head the PSAC route in the past month and change.

Carlisle receiver, defensive back and kick returner Gavyn Barnes committed to California (Pa.) on Feb. 28, while Shippensburg quarterback Carter Van Scyoc will head to Bloomsburg, he announced March 28.

It provides an interesting twist for the pair, who join Nate Barnes (Carlisle linebacker to West Chester) and Cameron Tinner (Shipppensburg linebacker/running back to Shippensburg U.), a pair of 2017 graduates who also committed to PSAC schools. Gavyn and Nate Barnes are cousins who spent three years together with the Thundering Herd. Tinner and Van Scyoc helped lead the Greyhounds to the 2016 District 3 championship game.

The uber athlete played just about every position short of lineman as a senior, accounting for 53 tackles, three interceptions, seven pass defenses and a force fumble on defense. On offense he ran, threw and caught more than 1,300 yards and scored or threw for 16 touchdowns on offense. 

"I was convinced with going to Cal because when I went they were very welcoming, I liked the campus and when I saw the stadium and facilities I felt comfortable about being there for four years," Barnes said in a text Tuesday night; he also had interest in West Chester, Bloomsburg and Lock Haven.

Barnes will walk-on as a wide receiver next year, potentially setting up a cousin-on-cousin clash.

"I think it would be great to play against Nate in coming years," Barnes said. "He had a successful first year as I knew he would, but it would be fun to compete against him again. In practice [at Carlisle], anytime there was competition it would be me vs. Nate and that was always fun."

He was named All-Sentinel First Team defense this year at DB.

Van Scyoc, meanwhile, threw for 1,748 yards (136-281 passing), 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions in what was a bit of a down year from his breakout junior campaign when he threw for 2,547 yards and 25 scores. 

He was All-Sentinel Honorable Mention this season.

Bloom went 7-4 in 2017 under fifth-year head coach Paul Darragh. 

Cal went 9-3 last season, beat East Stroudsburg in the PSAC Championship and made the NCAA tournament under second-year skipper Gary Dunn. 

Former Mid-Penn graduates on the Vulcans include: junior LB Breon Coke (Mechanicsburg), redshirt-freshman OL Nathaniel Walker (Cedar Cliff) and junior LB Dymond Thomas (Chambersburg). And on the Huskies: freshman DB Tyshaun Pollard (CD East) and redshirt-junior DB Josh Salak (Central Dauphin).

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