Upper Dublin Seniors Commit to Play Collegiate Football

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Upper Dublin seniors Chris Barbera, Quinton Derr, Lucas Roselli, Lucas Nina-Boesler and Selvin Haynes (absent) were recognized for committing to continue their football careers at the collegiate level. Check back for photos of the event.

“What a great group of seniors,” UD coach Bret Stover said. “You have a lot of colleges that are going to get some great football players and student-athletes. It’s a difficult task to try and replace a group as special as this one because there are other kids going on – we have a wrestler, a couple of lacrosse players that were key contributors also to our program in the fall. Athletically, it was a real strong group obviously by what they attained.”

Chris Barbera – West Chester University (Football)
Undecided/ Political Science-Business
Final list of colleges:  West Chester, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Monmouth
Reasons for choosing West Chester:  “West Chester stood out because when I got there it felt like home right away. I liked that they offered a good education and football balance for me.”
What was the progression that led you to playing football at the collegiate level?  “My whole life I thought I wanted to play hockey in college, and that’s very hard to do in this area. I started playing football. Ninth grade was the first year I really played. We needed someone to kick and punt, so I did that. It wasn’t until junior year that I started just doing that. Coach Stover told me it’s a good way to get on the field at college. I just took it from there.”
Coach Bret Stover says:  “Chris is probably one of the better kickers that has ever kicked at Upper Dublin, at least in my 30 years that I’ve been here. We had Pete Stine back in the day, and Todd Spirt in 2015 was really good – he’s kicking at Muhlenberg now. Derek Gianetti punted at Ursinus – he was my quarterback in 2008. Chris has had some incredible, incredible kicks. He was an important weapon for us. Even in 2017-18 when we lost to Springfield-Delco, he was probably our best player on the field that night and kept flipping field position. He kept us in the game along with our defense that allowed us to hang around. Hopefully, now that he has a kicking coach and has somebody working with him everyday, I think he’s going to really, really take off down there. He’s got the strong leg to do it, and he’s got the work ethic to do it. Being a kicker is a lonely job sometimes. You’ve got to do it all yourself. He’s got the motivation to do it. I’m excited to watch Chris and Quinton at West Chester.”
About Chris:
Favorite food: 
Favorite movie:  Shawshank Redemption
Favorite music:  Country

Quinton Derr – West Chester University (Football)
Final list of colleges:  West Chester, Albany, Millersville
Reasons for choosing West Chester:  “I chose West Chester because I’m so familiar with it. Two of my brothers went there to play football. I know the coaches, and it’s close to home.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in football at the collegiate level?  “The plan was always to play football in college. I didn’t really think about where I was going to go until after my last year, but that was always a goal.”
Coach Bret Stover says:  “I think West Chester got quite a steal. I think they got a Division I talent at a Division II school. He’s a football player through and through. He’s from a football family. I think West Chester is a great fit for him. It’s a comfort level for him. He knows all the coaches already because of Andrew and John being down there. They’re excited to get him. I played at a Division II school, and any time you can get a kid like that – it’s just going to help your program grow. He’s also going to be a magnet down there for years to come in recruiting, especially coming out of the Suburban One where we play real good football in all of our conferences. I think kids are going to look at that and say, ‘I want to go play with Derr.’
“He’s just been around football so long. I remember when Quinton used to serve drinks for us at lunch when his brothers played. Just to watch him grow up, I think he couldn’t wait for his turn. The shame of it was him getting hurt his junior year around week five, and he couldn’t do any of the camps in summer to get an offer at a bigger school, but I think he’s okay with that. It wasn’t about ego with him. It was just about the opportunity to keep playing. At West Chester, he’s going to have an opportunity to play, and he’s going to have an opportunity to play pretty quickly.”
About Quinton:
Favorite food: 
Mom’s Spaghetti & Meatballs
Favorite TV show:  Game of Thrones
Favorite music:  Country

Lucas Nina-Boesler – Widener University (Football)
Final list of colleges:  Widener, Albright
Reasons for choosing Widener:  “I chose Widener because of the engineering program. Albright didn’t have that, and that’s what I want to pursue. Widener has a really good football program. They have a nice structure, and I felt already welcomed on my first overnight. All the kids welcomed me, and it seems like a good football family.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in football at the collegiate level?  “Senior year I just decided to play football because I started working out in the summer, and my friends got me to play. I didn’t think I was going to play in college. I sent my film, and that’s how it started.”
Coach Bret Stover says:  “Lucas came out of nowhere for us last year, his first year in the program. He had some injury trouble with a knee that prohibited him from playing football, and we didn’t know what we had with Lucas until halfway through the year. He just had an incredible run for us offensively and defensively. Those were the things that make seasons like last season special when you get a kid out of nowhere. His ceiling is still to be determined because I’m really not 100 percent sure where he can go. The sky’s the limit for him. He’s the kind of kid I think you’re going to hear good things from at Widener. I think that’s a really, really good fit for him and his family.”
About Lucas:
Favorite food: 
Favorite movie:  Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Favorite music:  Rap

Lucas Roselli – Albright College (Football)
Final list of colleges:  Albright, Millersville, Cabrini, Washington College
Reasons for choosing Albright:  “I considered Cabrini and Washington for lacrosse. Financially, Albright was better, and a smaller school setting is better for me. It’s close to home, and also, I’ll have a better chance to play earlier.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in football at the collegiate level?  “I always thought I was going to play lacrosse, but I have always liked football better. I just didn’t know if I’d be good enough, and then senior year I had a pretty good year. I was kind of on the fence, and last minute, I decided I’m going for football.”
Coach Bret Stover says:  “Lucas Roselli twisted his body however he had to and made some really incredible runs for us and some key catches throughout the season. Albright is a really, really good fit for him, and I think he’s going to have a chance to excel there both on and off the field, which is important. I’m excited to watch his growth at Ablright.”
About Lucas:
Favorite food: 
Steak & Potatoes
Favorite movie:  Hercules
Favorite music:  Alternative Rock

Selvin Haynes – Slippery Rock University (Football)
Coach Bret Stover says: 
“Selvin for us as a sophomore – we looked at this awkward, athletic kid, and we’re thinking ‘Is he going to help us? How can he help us?’ He really, really worked year round at his craft as a defensive back/cornerback and as a wide receiver. I think he’s been one of the hardest workers ever in the program’s history as far as putting in the time. He’s a kid you never had to beg to come to the weight room or come to a conditioning. He was basically the first one there. I think Slippery Rock got themselves a steal with him. Hopefully, we’ll get to see Slippery Rock play West Chester at some point during their career because that will be a fun game to watch.”