Penn State football forward: Impact of Central York's Beau Pribula as No. 1 in the state?
Central York's Beau Pribula will use this honor as one more piece of motivation going forward.
The junior already led his Panthers to the title game in the state's highest classification — the first time any football team from the county went so far.
He is set to become Penn State's first in-state scholarship quarterback in a decade — maybe the first ever from York County.
And he's the leader of a 2022 Nittany Lion recruiting class ranked among the best in the nation.
Now, he's also this: Pennsylvania Football News Class 6A Player of the Year, as picked by the state's coaches.
No matter that Pribula's Panthers were overwhelmed by prep school juggernaut St. Joe's Prep of Philadelphia in that title game — and that he broke his foot in the process. He earned the player of the year honor over St. Joe's star quarterback Kyle McCord and receiver Marvin Harrison, Jr., both headed to Ohio State.
Of course, Pribula has another season of high school football yet to prepare for. He said he relishes the attention of trying to lead a re-shaped Central High team back to the title game.
He said he and his family enjoyed an impromptu celebration in their kitchen when learning of the player of the year news last weekend.
"This past year, alone, has been unreal and we want to continue the momentum we have," he said. "Keep growing it, not only for Central but for York County as a whole."
Pribula threw for 34 touchdowns and more than 2,100 yards in 11 games this past season. He also ran for more than 500 yards and 14 scores.
For now, he will be focused on healing that injured foot, which will keep him out of any COVID-19-delayed basketball season.
And he will continue to help recruit for that 2022 class that is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and boasts an impressive in-state foundation. The honor should only help his pull in building one of the program's most important classes, one it hopes helps lead to its first College Football Playoff appearance.
The next recruit to decide is Pribula's football friend and Steel High star Mehki Flowers, one of the top receivers and defensive backs in the state and beyond. The 4-star prospect is set to announce his college decision on New Year's Day.
The Lions also are still in the running for Philadelphia 5-star defensive end Enai White and 4-star in-state prospects in cornerback Keenan Nelson, Jr., running back Nicholas Singleton and linebacker Abdul Carter.