College Signing Day
College Signing Day
By Ginger Geoffery


Two members of the 2017 Monsignor Martin Athletic Association championship football team took an important step on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 towards competing at the next level. Wide receiver RJ Brandon '18 and quarterback Jayce Johnson '18 signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic careers and play Division I college football.


Jayce signed his letter of intent with Wagner College, located on Staten Island.


RJ made his commitment to Ivy League Dartmouth College.

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Jayce Johnson highlights:

  • First two-year starter at QB in Coach Rich Robbins era
  • Announced his presence as a top prospect in his class in 2016 state championship game as MVP
  • Will join Chris Gangarossa '15 as second Crusader on Wagner football team

  • Senior Stats:

  • Passing - 123 of 226 for 1764 yards, 18 TDs, 5 INTs
  • Running - 110 carries for 713 yards, 15 TDs

  • Best Senior Year Game:

  • at Massillon (Ohio)
  • Pass: 12 of 19 for 220 yards, 2 TDs
  • Run: 11 carries for 43 yards, 2 TDs
  • Canisius scored on first three drives of the second half to take control of the game and secure victory.

  • Awards:

  • NYS Sportswriters 3rd Team All-State QB
  • Buffalo News 3rd Team All-WNY QB
  • All-Catholic Offensive Player of the Year
  • Canisius HS Athlete of the Season
  • Connolly Cup finalist

  • RJ Brandon highlights:

  • Second Crusader football player to sign with Dartmouth (Anthony Fulham '09)
  • Presence opposite Paul Woods '18 gave Canisius D1 receivers on both sides of formations, forcing opponents to respect numerous CHS offensive weapons
  • Key contributor on special teams throughout his varsity tenure

  • Senior Stats:

  • Receiving - 22 catches for 438 yards, 5 TDs

  • Best Senior Year Game:

  • vs St. Joe's
  • Pass: 2 catches for 87 yards, 2 TDs

  • Awards:

  • WNY Scholar Athlete
  • Buffalo News HM All-WNY Receiver
  • Honorable Mention All-Catholic Receiver
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