Pennridge Trio Commits to Play Collegiate Football

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, Pennridge seniors Jake Tarburton, Jack Ferguson & Shane Hartzell were recognized for committing to continue their football careers at the collegiate level.

“They are three great football players and three awesome leaders,” coach Cody Muller said. “Those three were a huge catalysts for our season last fall.”


Jack Ferguson

Major: Business

Final list of colleges:  Bloomsburg, Clarion

Reasons for choosing Bloomsburg:  “Bloomsburg felt like home, and it’s somewhere I can see myself the next four years. Also, the football culture as well as the whole atmosphere.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in football at the collegiate level?  “Played flag when I was four, all of the Greenjackets levels, throughout middle school. Loving the game and all aspects of learning and being coached. I did not want that to end after this season.”

Coach Cody Muller says:  “Jack narrowed his choices down to a few of the PSAC schools and eventually chose Bloomsburg. I think he’s going to fit in real well up there with that blue collar mentality. He’s one of the toughest kids in the program and just a hard worker. I’m really excited for him and proud of him and excited to see what he’ll do at the next level.”

About Jack:

Favorite food: Chicken Wings

Favorite movie:  Black Hawk Down

Favorite music:  Rap


Shane Hartzell – Villanova University (Football)

Major: Comprehensive Science

Final list of colleges:  Villanova, Princeton, Lehigh, Monmouth

Reasons for choosing Villanova:  “It is a great balance of academics and athletics. The athletics are elite, and the education is very high.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in football at the collegiate level?  “I have always like football and always wanted to play in college from the time I was little. I wanted to use football to get a great education.”

Coach Cody Muller says:  “He’s been a household name for last three years. He’s done a great job of on the field and off the field leadership, the whole nine. To see him commit to such a great academic program like Villanova after having a shortened season as a junior due to an injury, Shane’s going to do a great job there. They’re getting one heck of a football player and even better yet just a great kid.”

About Shane:

Favorite food:  Steak

Favorite movie: Lone Survivor

Favorite music: Country


Jake Tarburton

Major:  Business

Reasons for choosing Clarion:  “Family that lives there, and the coaches and players are building a great culture.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in football at the collegiate level?  “Started playing Greenjackets, moved to CYO/SHSH to play and started three of four years of my high school career.”

Coach Cody Muller says:  “Everybody had their eyes on him, looking to see if he would grow, if he would do this, if he would do that, but Jake grew into his own right. Having Nick and Zack lead the way for him as his brothers, to see Jake really step up this year and take it all on, he did an awesome job on the field. He’s another kid I’m super proud of and can’t wait to see what he does at Clarion. He’s kind of blazing his own trail out there, which is awesome.”

About Jake:

Favorite food:  Blue crabs

Favorite movie: Sandlot

Favorite music: Country


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