YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Cardinal Mooney senior Michael Pastella will continue his academic and athletic career at Youngstown State University.

The Cardinals linebacker made it official, signing his letter of intent Wednesday morning:

“Growing up, I always went to all of the YSU home games, and now I get to continue to play at Stambaugh Stadium,” says Pastella. “The coaching staff at YSU is fantastic, and playing at home in Youngstown in front of my friends and family is very important for me.”

Pastella recorded 93 tackles in just 8 games this past season. He also finished with 4 tackles-for-loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and a defensive touchdown.

“Michael is a good kid, who has all of the attributes it takes to be a successful player at the collegiate level,” says Cardinal Mooney head coach Carl Pelini. “He works hard, he loves the game, he’s a natural leader, and was a great team captain for us.”