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Two Mooney standouts sign to continue football careers

January 2, 2019
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

Two standouts from the Cardinal Mooney football program have signed their letter of intent to continue their football careers in college.

Seniors Luke Fulton and Kyle Jornigan made their intentions clear at a press ceremony at the Mooney High School library last Wednesday afternoon. Both Cardinals will be extending their playing days at Big Ten institutions. Fulton will be attending Michigan State while Jornigan will play at Purdue.

Fulton chose the Spartans over other conference schools such as Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern. About 30 other major colleges also sought to bring Fulton into the fold. Fulton was the Cardinals' leading tackler as both a junior and a senior. The talented linebacker racked up 98 total tackles last season for Mooney with sixteen of those resulting in loss. He also totaled three sacks. He was voted 2017 and 2018 All Northeast Ohio, 2018 All Ohio, 2018 Butkus Award nominee, 2018 BUG 22 and was a WKBN Student Athlete of the Week. Not only did Fulton dominate as a defensive football player, but he also was magnificent in a few other endeavors.

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Cardinal Mooney High School senior football players Luke Fulton (L) and Kyle Jornigan sign their Letters of Intent to play Division I College Football with Michigan State University and Purdue, respectively.

"Over four years at Cardinal Mooney, Luke excelled at football, basketball, baseball and track while maintaining a 4.118 grade point average," wrote Mooney's Director of Admissions and Marketing Rebecca Bayley.

The 6-foot-3, 215 pound inside backer was a top recruit for Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. The veteran Spartan boss likens Fulton to some heroic Michigan State linebackers of the past such as Greg Jones, Max Bullough and Taiwan Jones and current Spartan Joe Bachie. According to one Michigan State website, Coach Dantonio favors Fulton's ability to stop the run with his strength and power as well as his quickness to drop into pass coverage.

Luke is the son of Jeff and Tina Fulton of Poland. He has younger brothers Jack and Cole.

Jornigan jumped at the chance to join the Boilermakers even though he had offers from various other schools including Kentucky, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Harvard and Yale. The 6-foot-4, 320 pound giant offensive lineman totaled 51 pancake blocks and had a near perfect grade of 93%. Not only does Jornigan possess massive size, he also has the brains that enabled him to be recruited by the above-mentioned prestigious Ivy League Colleges. According to a Purdue website, Jornigan's smarts will allow him to communicate well amongst the offensive line. He will use that intelligence to study either business or engineering in West Lafayette. He held a 3.3 GPA at Mooney. On the field, Jornigan was selected 1st Team All NEO twice and was named 1st Team All Ohio. He also excelled at track.

Kyle lives in Boardman and is the son of Tara Smith and Robert and Elizabeth Jornigan. He has siblings Taylor and Evan Jornigan and a stepsister Lexxi Haluska.

These two Cardinals should have no trouble carrying on the grand tradition of former Mooney stars excelling at Division I schools.



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