1. Robert Foster, Central Valley HS (Monaca) WR- For some reason, recruiting services try to get cute and name everybody but him as the best prospect in the state, and that's their mistake. No offense to the other elite prospects because all have an equal chance to be great college players, and maybe even NFL players, but Foster has no questions in his game at all, and should be ranked No.1 in the state.
He needs to fill in a little, and is around 180 now, but he has the excellent 6'3" height. He also has long arms, great hands, superb speed, and off the chart quickness. He is not just an athlete who is playing wide receiver. He's a legit receiver who knows how to play the position and runs good routes. He is also tough as hell and is not afraid of contact in the least. He is a threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball, and is excellent on reverses and punt and kick returns.
Chose ALABAMA over Pittsburgh, but had offers from just about everybody including Penn State, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, LSU, Oregon, USC, and Ohio State.
Bottom line- Everybody knows he can be a superstar, yet amazingly he is still a little underrated. Has the potential to reach just about any level, including NFL stardom.
2. Alex Anzalone, Wyomissing Area HS (Wyomissing) LB- Even in the NFL, it's hard to find true linebackers who are the total package. And in college most linebackers are either big, slower kids or small, fast kids who could just as easily be safeties. That's why Anzalone (pronounced Ann-zuh-loney) is so highly covered.
He already has good 6'3" 230 pound size, and has the frame to add a lot more muscle. He is long, has very good speed, and excellent quickness. He is along strider who just seems to blow by past people. Also an excellent kid who is mature and soft spoken.
Originally committed to Ohio State, then switched to Notre Dame, before ultimately committing to FLORIDA. Other offers included Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, USC, and Stanford.
Bottom line- Excellent all around linebacker. When one thinks of the typical tough PA linebacker, they should think of this kid.
3. Adam Breneman Cedar Cliff HS (Camp Hill) TE- It's rare to find kids with tight end size who can also run, so when one is found the offers just pour in. When they are as productive and as mature as this young man, well, he becomes one of the more recruited players in the country.
He decided to stay home and play for PENN STATE, and he's already starting to become a legend even though he hasn't even signed yet. And that's because he is very proud of being a Nittany Lion, and he is very vocal in recruiting and giving the university a lot of good publicity. He's already a great leader and very mature.
On the field he is 6'4" and 230 pounds, with good speed and great hands. He needs to get bigger and stronger, and he's coming off a major knee injury that cost him his entire senior season, but it looks like nothing can stop this young man from being a star at Penn State.
It may be easier to say who didn't offer Adam, but some of the big ones who did offer include Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, and Nebraska.
Bottom line- Excellent prospect on the field and a mature team leader off the field. The sky is the limit.
4. Dorian Johnson, Belle Vernon Area HS (Belle Vernon) OT- When I first saw tape on this kid back in January, my jaw dropped. It's not too often that you see a 6'6" 270 pound kid move like this. His quickness at the snap is phenomenal, as his habit of pushing unmatched opponents ten yards down the field. His arms are extremely long, his feet are quick, and his frame can easily put on another 50 or 60 pounds if he wants.
He originally surprised many by committing to Penn State, but after the Nittany Lions were slapped with a four year bowl ban, Johnson changed his commitment to PITTSBURGH. The fact that he handled the switch with both class and maturity showed what kind of young man he is.
Other offers included Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee.
Bottom line- Once he adds the weight, he will have everything it takes to be a big time left tackle at the college level, and perhaps beyond.
5. Tyler Boyd, Clairton Area HS (Clairton) WR- If you ever needed proof that superstars can be found at small schools, look no further than this young man. A WPIAL legend and one of the most productive players the state has ever seen. And make no mistake about it, he still would have been a huge star if he was in Quad A.
He needs to add weight to his 6'1" 170 pound frame, but he has great length, speed, quickness, and hands. He has not spent much time as a traditional receiver for the Bears, taking most snaps as a running back, but he should have no problem at all learning the position. He could just as easily be an All-American caliber safety at the next level and has excellent return skills as well.
Committed to PITTSBURGH over West Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Arizona, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, and others.
Bottom line- Smooth, impressive athlete and a really good football player. Reminiscent of former Woodland Hills, and Michigan star, Steve Breaston. Could definitely be a star in college.
6. Patrick Kugler, North Allegheny HS (Wexford) OG/C- An excellent all around interior offensive lineman with toughness, quickness, and a real nastiness. At 6'4" and 275 pounds, he needs to add at least 25 pounds, but after a redshirt season he should be ready to compete for playing time. His dad, Sean, was the Steelers offensive line coach this season, and has recently been named as the head coach at UTEP.
Committed to MICHIGAN over the likes of Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Florida State, Oklahoma, Florida, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Miami, Washington, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Bottom line- Very advanced with his technique because of his father, and once he gets bigger he could be a Big Ten star because he has everything else it takes to reach that level.
7. David Williams, Imhotep Institute Charter School (Philadelphia) RB- The state hasn't consistently put out a lot of nationally recruited running backs for awhile, but not many are the full package like Williams. A little tall for running backs these days at 6'1", and needs to add some size to his 192 pound frame, but he has speed to burn, great quickness and agility, and elite level vision. He also can run inside and outside, he can return kicks and punts, and he has very good hands.
Needless to say, with all of those attributes Williams has had an impressive offer list. At the moment, South Carolina seems to be the favorite, but other offers have come from Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Arizona State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Virginia, Tennessee, and Rutgers.
Bottom line- Big time back with the all around skills to be a major success at the college level.
8. Mike McGlinchey, William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia) OT- If size is what you want in your offensive tackles, you can't do much better than the 6'8" McGlinchey. Needs to add much more weight to his 280 pounds, but he has frame to easily put on another 50 pounds. Obviously he has the long reach that comes from being 6'8", but he also plays tough and just as impressively, he runs amazingly well for his size. On some running plays, he's still out in front of the running back 30 yards down the field. Also a good basketball player.
Committed to NOTRE DAME over offers from Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Bottom line- Once he adds some weight he could be a big time player because the wingspan, feet, and toughness are topnotch.
9. Scott Orndoff, Seton-LaSalle HS (Pittsburgh) TE- The full package athletically with great 6'6" 245 pound size already with the frame to get bigger. He is fantastic after the catch and has excellent hands. Maybe the most impressive thing is that he has run a 11.6 100m, a ridiculous number for a player that size.
Originally committed to Wisconsin, but changed to PITTSBURGH. Also had offers from the likes of West Virginia, Michigan, and Michigan State.
Bottom line- Like Breneman, he is the new bread of freakishly athletic tight end, and his size/speed combination is pretty crazy. In Paul Chryst's tight end heavy offense, he should be a star eventually.
10. Zayd Issah, Central Dauphin HS (Harrisburg) LB- Very good athlete with straight line speed, toughness, and athleticism. Lean, but muscular at 6'3" and 210 pounds with the frame to easily add 30 pounds if he wants. Very productive football player who lead his team to the state Quad A championship last season. Name is pronounced as "Zade Eee-saw".
Committed to PENN STATE over the likes of Pittsburgh, Oregon, Arizona State, Virginia, Maryland, NC State, Iowa, and Rutgers.
Bottom line- Really good football player, strong and athletic, and a quality young man. Could really help keep the Nittany Lions during their penalized years.
11. Damion Terry, Cathedral Preparatory School (Erie) QB- Has the good 6'4" 210 pound size, a strong arm, and very good athleticism. Very good speed and has the ability to get a big gain when running out of the pocket. Had an excellent senior season and has improved a lot.
MICHIGAN STATE came into the state early and got a steal with this young man. He committed way back in April so his only other offers were Illinois, Duke, and Boston College, but if he waited he could have more. Not that he needed that since the Spartans are one of the better programs in the country.
Bottom line- Very good quarterback prospect who is capable of starting in the Big 10 in a few years.
12. Will Fuller, Roman Catholic HS (Philadelphia) WR- Every year there is a player that people wonder why he isn't recruited heavier and this is this year's player. Way too thin at 6'1" and 160 pounds, but he has good speed, excellent quickness, and some of the best hands in the country. His ball skills are so smooth that he wowed observers over the summer at camps and combines. He just catches everything in sight and does it effortlessly.
Initially chose Penn State but then changed his commitment to NOTRE DAME. Other offers included Boston College, Rutgers, and Temple.
Bottom line- Won't dazzle with his size or speed, but he has all the nuances to be a quality college receiver.
13. Chavas Rawlins, Monessen Area HS (Monessen) QB/DB- Excellent athlete with very good speed and a solid 6'2" 190 pound frame. He doesn't have a cannon but he does have the arm to make all of the throws. His technique is very raw, however, and it's still an unknown if he could ever develop his passing enough to be a major college passer. He's such a good athlete, though, that he could easily switch to wide receiver or safety, and if he puts on enough weight, he could even be a linebacker.
Chose WEST VIRGINIA over offers that included Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia, South Florida, and Tennessee.
Bottom line- If he makes it as quarterback, great, but if he doesn't he has all the physical attributes to be a success at a different position.
14. Delton Williams, Cathedral Preparatory School (Erie) LB/S- The full package with 6'2" 205 pound size, and a high degree of speed, athleticism, and strength. He's also very productive, starring at one of the top Quad A schools in the state. He has played mostly at running back in high school, and he could project at that position at the next level, too, but initially he is expected to be on defense. Also an excellent return man.
He was arrested earlier in the year for being in a car that marijuana in it, but the charges were dropped. Some schools stopped recruiting him for that reason, but MICHIGAN STATE stuck with him and got his commitment. Others who offered at one time included Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Rutgers, Cincinnati, and Nebraska.
Bottom line- No clue where he will eventually end up on the field, but he is an excellent physical specimen and a really good football player.
15. Andrew Nelson, Hershey HS (Hershey) OL- At 6'5" and 265 pounds, he obviously has to get much bigger, but he has the frame to put on good weight, plus long arms, quick feet, and a nasty disposition. But the thing that stands out the most with him is how fast he is. On his tape, he snaps for a punt then beats everybody down the field to make the tackle. Rarely have I seen an offensive line prospect move as fast as him.
Chose PENN STATE early or he would have had a lot more offers. Still he had some offers from Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Maryland, and Missouri.
Bottom line- If he puts on the weight and stays healthy, he could really be special for the Nittany Lions in a few years.
16. DeShawn Coleman, Hickory HS (Hermitage) RB- Fast, electrifying back with off the charts quickness. He doesn't play against top competition, but he still often embarrasses the hell out of defenders who try to stop him. Also has good return skills. He hasn't been asked to catch much, but he appears to have no problems with his hands.
At 5'11" and 170 pounds, he's a little light so he's a better fit in an offense where he has room to run. Luckily for him, he chose the school to do that with WEST VIRGINIA. Penn State and Purdue offered but there would have been more had he not committed back in April.
Bottom line- A threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball so he will fit in nicely with the Mountaineers offense.
17. Jaryd Jones-Smith, West Catholic HS (Philadelphia)- Giant 6'7" 320 pound tackle with very good feet and a great wingspan. Needs a lot of work in the weight room, especially his lower body. Had an excellent senior season and excelled on defensive just as much as offense. Chose PITTSBURGH over Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, NC State, Arizona, and Vanderbilt.
Bottom line- Has everything it takes to be a left tackle at the college level, except for strength, and that that can be improved.
18. Brian Lemelle, Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg) WR- On the smallish size at 5'11" and 170 pounds, but he is a solid all around prospect with good speed, hands, and athleticism. Doesn't stand out in any one area but at the end of the day he knows how to be a receiver. All the evidence you need is that he is Pennsylvania's all-time career leader in receptions and yards.
His offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Nebraska, Iowa, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Virginia, and Purdue.
Bottom line- Not big or really fast, but he's so productive and solid at the little things that he should help whichever school he goes to.
19. James Conner, McDowell HS (Erie) RB/DE- A sleeper over the summer but that was before he showed his athleticism, speed, and strength in camps and combines. He followed that up with a big senior season. At 6'3" 230 pounds, he is a runaway train as a running back, and he may get the chance to play that on the college level. If not, he could always move to defense.
Chose PITTSBURGH over a handful of MAC schools. Needless to say, he is highly under recruited.
Bottom line- Intriguing player because of his excellent athleticism at that size.
20. Justin Moody, George Washington HS (Philadelphia) DT- He had some good showings at some Philadelphia combines earlier in the year and it caused him to be overrated by scouting services. But even though he was overrated then he's still pretty good. He has a solid 6'3" and 265 pound frame, and he's athletic and quick. His main problem is that he plays chaotically with little consistent technique. Once he gets that under control, he could reach his ceiling.
Chose PITTSBURGH over Purdue, Syracuse, Rutgers, Syracuse, Central Florida, and Temple.
Bottom line- He needs a lot of coaching but the natural skills are all present.
21. Hodari Christian, McKeesport Area HS (McKeesport) LB/S- Lean, but solidly built at 6'1" and 210 pounds, with the ability to add good weight if it's needed. Good speed, athleticism, toughness, and strength. Also a good tackler.
Chose WEST VIRGINIA over Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Rutgers, Temple, Illinois, and Purdue;
Bottom line- Good all around player who got lost in the shuffle because he committed early. If he was still out there, many teams would be on him.
22. Daryl Worley, William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia) WR/S- A late bloomer on the recruiting front, but when you are 6'0" and 180 pounds, and you are one of the faster players in the state you can't hide for long. Won conference titles with a 11.14 100m and a 22.27 200m. Can project equally as a receiver or a safety at the college level, but most schools wanted him as a safety.
He's been told that he will get to choose at WEST VIRGINIA, where he committed to over the summer. Others offering included Pittsburgh, Penn State, Syracuse, Iowa, Tennessee, Northwestern, Rugers, Boston College, Temple, and UConn.
Bottom line- Any time a player has this kind of speed, he has a chance to make an impression at the college level.
23. Shakir Soto, GAR Memorial HS (Wilkes-Barre) DE- Already has excellent size at 6'4" and 250 pounds, to go with good athleticism and speed. Has always been an excellent run defender, but he has the tools to rush the passer at the college level and came on to have 13.5 sacks this season. Against the run, he uses his strength, size, long arms, and aggressiveness to make it very difficult for any running back to get around him.
Chose PITTSBURGH way back in April so many schools never got a look at him before he committed, but he still had offers from schools like Virginia, Maryland, and Boston College.
Bottom line- The type of player that many schools may look back on and wonder how they missed on him.
24. Zach Challingsworth, South Fayette HS (McDonald) WR- Good size at 6'2" and 180 pounds, but he will need to add more mass. Quicker and faster than he gets credit for and has more than enough speed for the college level. Great hands and he seems to catch everything in sight, sometimes in an acrobatic fashion. Highly productive.
Chose PITTSBURGH over Temple and a handful of MAC schools.
Bottom line- A big star in the WPIAL and has what it takes to be a quality player in college. He's definitely under recruited.
25. Matt Galambos, Haverford School (Haverford) LB- Solid 6'2" and 225 pounds with good speed. Aggressive and excellent tackler who flies around the field like a maniac. Came from a bad childhood to become a great student with a 4.1 GPA. Can play on the outside or in the middle. Had a great year and proved that he was a top prospect.
Chose PITTSBURGH over Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Harvard, and Yale.
Bottom line- A big sleeper who is known by many in that area as the best defensive player in southeastern PA.