Monday, December 26, 2011

Final top 20 of PA 2012

1.  Noah Spence, Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg) DE-  At 6'4" and 245 pounds, he has the size, speed, and athletic ability to be a big time pass rusher at the next level.  Players like him are obviously coveted as you can tell by an offer list that included Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC, Stanford, and pretty much every other school in the country.  When the dust settled, he committed to OHIO STATE not long after Urban Meyer was hired.


2.  Rushel Shell, Hopewell HS (Aliquippa) RB-  It's safe to say that the term productive could be used for the all-time leading rusher in PA history.  He's not a speed demon, but he's fast enough, he has some wiggle, and he runs great between the tackles.  He also has great hands.  With so many carries in his high school career, you have to wonder how soon in his career he'll wear out, but at 5'11" and 210 pounds, he's so far proven to be a durable and strong workhorse.  Committed to PITTSBURGH after getting offers from such top programs as Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and Florida.


3.  Eugene Lewis, Wyoming Valley HS (Plymouth) WR-  Lanky 6'2" 182 pound playmaker who catches everything in sight and is very athletic.  Doesn't have elite speed but is great and shifty with the ball in his hands.  Committed to PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Oregon, Michigan State, and South Carolina, and even though some schools, like Pitt under their former regime, have tried to get him to change his mind after Penn State's troubles came to light, he has thus far kept to his decision.


4.  Greg Garmon, McDowell HS (Erie) RB-  Muscular 6'1" 200 pound back with very good athleticism and elite speed.  Also has good hands and could project to wide receiver, too.  All around talent with a big upside.  Final three are Miami, Iowa, and Arkansas.  Others who've offered include Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida State, Ohio State, and Michigan.


5.  Colin Thompson, Archbishop Wood Catholic JS (Warminster) TE-  Doesn't have elite speed, but he's faster than average and can get open down the field.  Great 6'5" 255 pound size.  Very good blocker.  Committed to FLORIDA over Pitt, Penn State, Alabama, Wisconsin, Michigan State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Stanford.


6.  J.J. Denman, Pennsbury HS (Fairless Hills) OT-  Already has great size at 6'6" and 310 pounds, and unlike most kids his size, it's not sloppy weight.  Great wingspan obviously makes him a candidate at left tackle and he has the feet to also play on the blind side.  Plays with a bit of a mean streak.  Committed to Penn State, but even before their troubles, he changed his mind and chose WISCONSIN over Pitt, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and South Carolina.


7.  Chris Muller, Boyertown Area HS (Boyertown) OT-   Great size at 6'6" and 285 pounds.  Also like Denman he has the feet and long arms.  Played against a lot of smaller kids at Boyertown so it's hard to say just how good he is, but the talent is there to be a big time offensive lineman down the line.  Chose RUTGERS over Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and South Carolina.


8.  Demetrious Cox, Jeannette HS (Jeannette) S-  Lanky 6'1" 190 pound athlete who has good speed, but plays even faster.  Good tackler with a lot of range.  His choice will likely come down to finalists Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.


9. Adam Bisnowaty, Fox Chapel HS (Pittsburgh) OG-  Mobile and athletic enough to play tackle, but his strength and great drive blocking makes him a natural at guard.  Needs to add some weight, but at 6'6" and 280 pounds he has the great frame to do that.  Committed to PITTSBURGH under the former regime, but as it turns out, he's even more perfect for the new offense.  Other offers included Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, and Florida.


10.  Drew Harris, Downingtown East HS (Exton) RB-  Extremely fast and tough between the tackles runner who once he puts more size on his 6'1" 190 pound body, could really be good.  He's a track star, but he's far from soft.  Runs hard and very determined, but doesn't have a lot of wiggle.  Committed to Virginia Tech months ago but now he's wavering so much that it's doubtful that he's still considered a sure thing for the Hokies.  In fact, he visited Pitt just before the coaching staff changed and if the Panthers new staff were interested, they may be able to steal him.  Other big offers include Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Iowa and Miami.


11.  J.P. Holtz, Shaler Area HS (Pittsburgh) DE/TE-  Very intriguing and versatile player who was one of the biggest risers in the state this season.  Great 6'4" and 240 pound size but he moves like a much smaller player (in a good way).  Sneaky good speed and athleticism.  On offense, he could be a very good pass catching tight end who is tough enough to block well, and on defense he can play at end, outside linebacker, or even middle linebacker.  Committed to Penn State but then changed his mind.  Right now Pitt looks to be the favorite.  Other offers included West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Arkansas, and Virginia.


12.  Dakota Conwell, Upper St. Clair HS (Pittsburgh) LB-  One of the more under recruited players in the state.  His offer list doesn't look impressive, but that's because he committed early before he had a great senior season.  He's only 6'1" 205 so he's currently undersized for the position, but he's tough and athletic, and most of all, he's just a good football player.  Committed to PITTSBURGH.


13.  Deaysean Rippy, Sto-Rox HS (McKees Rocks) LB-  Definitely one of the most controversial players in PA recruiting circles because he received many big time offers last summer based on what turned out to be unrealized potential.  After trying to commit to Florida, and being turned down, he had a subpar senior season that scared off many of those big programs.  He's only 6'2" and 200 pounds, so he will have to add a lot of size, but he's athletic, fast, and tough when he wants to be.  The problem is, he needs to want to be all of that more often.  Offers included Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, and USC, but now he's down to Pitt, Colorado, Arkansas, Maryland, and West Virginia.


14.  Frank Taylor, Archbishop Wood HS Catholic HS (Warminster) OG-  Like his teammate Brandon Arcidiocono, he's undersized at 6'3" and 285 pounds, but also like Arcidiocono, he's a quick and strong run blocker who at times can destroy the man across from him.  His size prevents him from playing at tackle, but he could be a very good interior lineman in a few years. Committed to BOSTON COLLEGE over Pitt, Miami, West Virginia, Michigan State, Rutgers, and NC State.


15.  Brandon Arcidiacono, Archbishop Wood HS (Warminster) C-  Currently he's only 6'5" and 250 pounds so he has a long way to go as far as gaining weight, but he does have the frame to do it.  Very quick and tough, plus he's a good technician.  Has an older brother playing at Penn State and a younger brother who should get major offers next year.  Committed to RUTGERS over Pitt, West Virginia, Miami, Boston College, and NC State.  


16.  Adam DePietro, Lancaster Catholic HS (Lancaster) OG-  Played tackle this season but he may be more suited to guard.  Needs to add more size to his 6'4" 275 pound frame, but he's a technician and has great feet.  Once he gets bigger and stronger, he could be very good in a few years.  Committed to NORTHWESTERN over Pitt, West Virginia, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, and NC State.


17.  Nyeem Wartman, Valley View HS (Archbald) LB-  Good size at 6'3" and 230 pounds.  Not great at any facet, but above average in everything including speed, toughness, quickness, and strength.  Committed to Penn State, and he still may end up there, but right now, he's looking around for different options.  Other offers include Pitt, Florida, Northwestern, NC State, and Rutgers.


18.  Corey Jones, Penn Hills HS (Pittsburgh) WR-  Smallish wideout at 5'9" and 155 pounds, but his speed and athleticism makes him a major game breaker. Also a good punt returner.  Came on the scene at the Nike combine at Penn State this summer where he dominated. Ran a 4.47 in the 40 there. Committed to PITTSBURGH with the previous staff, and he has decided to stay with that decision.  Other offers include Penn State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Miami.


19.  Tyrone Neal, McKeesport HS (McKeesport) LB-  Good, not great size at 6'1" and 225 pounds, but he's tough and athletic with good speed.  Not as dominating as his offer list would indicate but he can play inside or outside and is a good prospect.  West Virginia and Syracuse are on the final list and Pitt is on the list for the first time thanks to the departure of Todd Graham.  Other offers in the past included Auburn, Florida, USC, and Nebraska though none of those are considered "committable offers" at this time.


20.  Skyler Mornhingweg, St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) QB- Son of highly regarded NFL offensive coordinator Marty Mornhingweg so he knows how to play the position.  Good athleticism and good 6'3" 210 pound size.  Doesn't have a exceptionally strong arm, but should be able to make all of the throws.  Athletic enough to play safety if he doesn't make it at quarterback.  Originally committed to PENN STATE, and so far he's staying with them, but Alabama, Tennessee, and Stanford are interested, and he actually committed to Stanford over a year ago.

1 comment:

  1. Imagine if Pittsburgh Central Catholic's Damion Jones-Moore would have been allowed to play the entire game, instead of them pulling him most games so that they do not run up the score... DJM is 4.4 speed and also a strong runner. Once he gets past the D-line, he is gone. Check out his per carry / touchdown ratio...

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