Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Top underclass prospects in PA


Right now there are nine prospects who are guaranteed high major prospects. Others may join them eventually but this group will remain highly coveted for the 2015 recruiting cycle.

Josh Adams, Central Bucks West HS (Warrington)- The 6'2" 200 pounder exploded as a sophomore running back last year and was one of the most dynamic players in the state. He's tall and lanky, and he may eventually grow out of the running back position. He could also end up at wide receiver, safety, or linebacker depending on how his body develops. Time will tell what his college position will be but he is already in demand thanks to his speed and athletic ability. Holds offers from Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame, and Stanford already. I don't see him ending up at Pitt.

Ryan Bates, Archbishop Wood HS (Warminster)- He isn't as big as Sterling Jenkins so he may not be considered the top offensive lineman prospect in the state, but he very may may end up the better lineman in college. The 6'5" 280 pounder has the natural size and feet to play left tackle. Already holds offers from  Penn State, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia Tech. I expect that he will end up at Penn State.

Nas Bonner, Imhotep Charter School (Philadelphia)- Nobody in the state is putting out talent like Imhotep lately and this 5'9" 175 speedster is just the latest. He obviously doesn't have the size of an every down back but he is quick as a cat and has excellent speed. Game breaker with the ball in his hands. West Virginia, Rutgers, and Wisconsin are among his early offers but Pitt hasn't expressed interest yet.

Kareem Gibson, Greater Johnstown HS (Johnstown)-  Sleek, quick, and fast little cover corner at 5'10" and 170 pounds. Needs to get bigger but he's willing to come up and tackle despite small frame. Has the chance to develop into a big time prospect. Pitt, Temple, and Toledo are his early offers but there will be more. I like Pitt's chances here.

Sterling Jenkins, Baldwin HS (Pittsburgh)- The early No.1 prospect in the state, the offensive tackle runs like a deer at 6'8" and 300 pounds. Needs to gain strength but he has everything else it takes to be one of the top prospects in the country.  Pitt, Michigan, Ohio State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Penn State are just some of the top offers he already has. Both of his parents went to Pitt and he's a big fan of Pitt and the city so the Panthers have a legitimate shot.

John Reid, St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia)- Smallish at 5'9" and 170 pounds but he was born to play cornerback. Has very good speed and athleticism, but most impressive are his instincts for the position which are through the roof. So much so that as a sophomore he was already pulling in major offers. Right now those offers include Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan State, Miami, Rutgers, Maryland, and Georgia Tech.

Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg)- Stocky 5'10" 205 game breaker who has good speed and excellent vision. Tough to get a good shot on him because he's small and quick, but he also has muscle and can knock over defenders. Offers include Pitt, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Rutgers. Pitt would have an excellent shot but it may be much more difficult if James Conner, Qadree Ollison, and Shai McKenzie were on the roster.

Jay Stocker, Coatesville HS (Coatesville)- Big time athlete in one of the state's big time programs. At 6'2" and 180 pounds he is a solidly built, athletic, and fast safety.  Brother of NC State quarterback Manny Stocker. Has early offers from Pitt, Maryland, Wisconsin, Virginia, Rutgers, and Georgia Tech.

Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley HS (Monaca)- Saying that he is a better prospect than former teammate Robert Foster, like many have done, may be a bit of a stretch, but he's very similar to Foster is quickness and speed. At 5'11" and 170 pounds he has the makings of a big time cover corner at the college level. Pittsburgh, Penn State, Ohio State, and Rutgers are early offers but there will be many more. He likes Pitt a lot so the Panthers will have a real chance.

Other very good prospects, any of which could join the top group in the next year. 

Graham Adomitis, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh)- The backup to Florida State commit J.J. Cosentino this season, and playing tight end and linebacker, but the heir apparent at quarterback already stands 6'4" and 210 pounds, and has shown in scrimmages that he could be a major college prospect.

Saquon Barkley, Whitehall HS (Whitehall)- Game breaking and highly productive running back at 5'11" and 195 pounds. Already committed to Rutgers but he was on the verge of more big offers.

Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette HS (McDonald)- The current top WPIAL quarterback prospect in the class, he has good size at 6'4" and 185 pounds.  He also has good leadership skills, intelligence, and is scary accurate. He needs to develop more arm strength, however, if he wants major offers. Right now his two offers are Temple and Akron.

Ryan Buchholz, Great Valley HS (Malvern)- Great size at 6'6" and 230 pounds, and he moves well. Will probably play defensive end at the next level but he could also end up at tight end. Rutgers and Virginia have offered.

Jake Cooper, Archbishop Wood HS (Warminster)- While he mostly plays fullback and defensive end he is the epitome of an old school, tough, PA middle linebacker. At 6'2" and 230 pounds he is bull strong, while also displaying some good athleticism. Top wrestler also. Pitt and Temple are his first two offers but he will go to Penn State if they have room for him with their limited scholarships.

Charlie Fessler, Cathedral Prep HS (Erie)- Big 6'4" receiver with good hands. Also an excellent baseball player. Performed well at both the Ohio State and Penn State camps this summer.

Kevin Givens, Altoona HS (Altoona)- Nicely built 6'3" 230 pound linebacker with good speed and athleticism.  Temple is his only offer so far but if Pitt offers they could be a real possibility.

Dimetri Kelly, Roman Catholic HS (Philadelphia)- Underrated running back prospect that doesn't have home run speed, but at 5'11" and 185 pounds he has great vision and runs hard on every play. No offers yet.

Andrew Koester, West Allegheny HS (Imperial)- Leads one of the best Class AAA teams in the state. Well coached by legendary coach Bob Palko, who is bringing Koester along slowly. West A is so powerful that they rarely have to pass, but when they do the 6'5" 185 pound Koester shows good passing skills. A real winner and good athlete. How he develops during his junior and senior years will be interesting.

Asa Manley, Charter Prep HS (Philadelphia)- Talented cornerback with good 5'11" 185 pound size to go with good speed and athleticism.

Shareef Miller, Frankford HS (Philadelphia)- Right now he is a very skinny 6'4" and 200 pounds, much too small for defensive end, but he has good speed, quickness, and tenacity so once he gains weight he could be very good.  Rutgers is his top offer so far.

D.J. Moore, Imhotep Charter School (Philadelphia)- Another excellent Imhotep athlete who at 5'11" and 180 pounds has excellent speed and athleticism at wide receiver. Fantastic hands. Very under recruited so far because he could be a dynamic college player. Temple is an early offer.

Alex Paulina, Canon McMillan HS (Canonsburg)- Gets a little lost in recruiting circles because he's on a team that doesn't win much, but at 6'4" and 290 pounds he has the size, toughness, and feet to be a good interior lineman. He could also be a good interior defensive lineman.

Tony Pilato, Hempfield Area HS (Greensburg)- When you're only 16 and you're already 6'7" and 300 pounds, you are going to get scouted.  The fact that Pilato also is a good basketball player makes him even more interesting.

John Runyan, Jr.- Not very big at 6'4" and 250 pounds but the son of former 6'7 330 pound Michigan offensive lineman Jon Runyan should grow. Will follow his father and has already committed to play with the Wolverines.

Josh Schultheis, Mars Area HS (Mars)- One of the most productive running backs in the WPIAL. At 6'1" and 220 pounds he is a workout warrior.  Has great upper body and leg strength. Can project as a fullback or linebacker.

Kyle Shurmur, La Salle College HS (Wyndmoor)- Transferred from Ohio after his father Pat became the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles. He obviously has an advantage having a father who is an NFL offensive coordinator, but he also has 6'4" 210 pound size and a good arm. Could be the best PA quarterback prospect in this class.

Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge HS (Spring Church)- An under the radar wide receiver with very good speed and athletic ability. Runs extremely well with the ball in his hands and can be an excellent punt returner at the college level. At 6'1" he has enough height but at 155 pounds he needs to get bigger. Intriguing prospect.

Carrington Vaughn, Fox Chapel HS (Pittsburgh)- He has been starting since he was a freshman in Quad A, and now he's grown into a legit 6'1" 200 pound linebacker prospect. Good range and if he continues to grow he could be a steal.

Olamide Zaccheaus, St. Joseph's Prep HS (Philadelphia)- He's only 5'9" and 165 pounds but he has excellent speed and quickness. Could project as a change of back running back, slot receiver, or cornerback, as well as return man. Has offers from Miami and Temple.


Tom Garlick, Archbishop Wood HS (Warminster)- Yet another big time prospect for the small school power. Started at quarterback as a freshman and he's only going to get better. Already stands 6'4" and 180 pounds.

Aaron Matthews, Clairton HS (Clairton)- This Class A juggernaut keeps developing stars and the 6'4" and 180 pound Matthews is the next in line. Look for him to be a very tall, very athletic wide receiver at the college level.

Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North HS (Newtown)-  He's not big yet at 6'0" and 190 pounds, and his passing skills need to be much improved, but he has a cannon for an arm and he has great speed and quickness.  Already holds a Temple offer but many more will be interested. Could be a national recruit.

Michal Menet, Exeter HS (Reading)-  It's rare that a lineman gets noticed this early in his high school career but the 6'5" 250 pound Menet already has the makings of one of the better young offensive linemen in the country. Already has offers from Penn State, Rutgers, and Temple.

Kaezon Pugh, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa)-  You can't talk about elite prospects in PA without having the Quips be represented. The next great player in their storied history is the 6'1" 190 pound Pugh, who will probably eventually grow into a linebacker since he's already build like he's a few years older.  West Virginia was the first to offer.  Obviously this would be a must get for the Pitt program, especially if he ends up at linebacker.

Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills HS (Pittsburgh)-  Woodland Hills is one of the best talent producing schools in the state so when Sanders led them in rushing as a freshman it raised a lot of eyebrows. At 5'11" and 170 pounds, he has great speed and vision. Should only get bigger and he should eventually be a major prospect.

Kobay White, Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg)-  Bishop McDevitt is another football factory and White is the big prospect in their 2016 class. Already at 6'0" and 175 pounds, the wide receiver has good speed and great hands. He is also an excellent athlete. Temple is the first to offer.


  1. Not sure if it's a good thing for recruiting that Pitt's defense is in shambles. One side tells recruits that they have an excellent shot at starting as a true freshman. One the other hand, I'm sure the recruits are saying, "what the hell am I going to learn from Matt House and these horrible defensive coahes?" Hopefully, they let it be known that House will be relieved of his duties at the end of the year and Pederson will open the purse strings and bring in a big-time d-coordinator...we can hope, right?

  2. Saw this article on coaches salaries comparing Miss State, VA, OSU and other comments. I found it interesting and curious what Pitt is paying.

  3. Jordan Whitehead, Kaezon Pugh, and Dravon Henry all have two things in common: Aliquippa origins and Darrelle Revis. Whitehead and Henry are Revis' counsins and Pugh and Revis are brothers. All three are destined for greatness.

    1. Pugh is Revis brother. I don't think so.

    2. Revis mother and Pugh's father have been married for years. Pugh is on Revis NFL Network "A Football Life". Also Revis Grandmother and Whiteheads Grandmother are sisters

    3. Again, I don't think so. Revis mom isn't married to my knowledge and didn't have any other kids after Terry.

    4. Joe D

      Revis mom is Pugh's stepmother. When Pugh got a stinger tonight, Revis mom was the first person tending to him.

    5. Revis mom knows everyone. Well, I know where Revis mom lives on Plan 12 near the HS and I don't think so. I know she is not married. Living with someone.. yes.

  4. Alternatively, the defense miraculously gets turned around for the rest of the season and at least plays respectably. But, perhaps, that is too much to hope for?

  5. Depending on how Pitt performs this year, Pitt just got bushwacked by the NCAA giving the nits 5 scholarships. So unless Pitt can sell the ACC,, upgrade the defensive staff and spend more money on recruiting, it will be back to Pedo U selling big time football to replenish the cult.

  6. Anyone think Pitt has a snowballs chance in hell of making it to the ACC title game? Would be really interesting to see Pitt match up with FSU again. Would be the ultimate way to judge the progress a team makes from the first game to the last...

    Obviously not gonna happen. Even if Pitt somehow did make, I'm sure FSU would manage to beat Clemnson and then lay an egg against Cuse or Wake.

  7. Not that we would ever beat Florida State this year but I would think we would have abetter showing if we played them later in the year. Very tough game to open with especially all the freshmen.

  8. I never heard that Whitehead and Revis were cousins. News to me but I believe Pugh and Revis are not blood related. Step parents perhaps!

  9. Doke - Is Montae going to commit this weekend?

    1. The chances are that he won't but you never know. Maybe Nicholson and Davis decide to do it right then and there. You never know with these things.


  10. It may be that House has concluded that it’s the players… at least one of them.

    Trib Review reporting that Gordon is unlikely to start against Virginia.

    Chryst said middle linebacker Shane Gordon, who has an unspecified injury, is all but out for the game. “We’ll see,” Chryst said. Matt Galambos would start in Gordon’s place, giving Pitt three freshmen in the starting lineup.


  11. Anonymous September 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Not sure how many times this needs posted. The earth is flat too right?


    The above was replied to me from a previous post and wanted to address the continued concerns regarding Pitts recruiting ranking vs. performance. Since Pitt plays in the Coastal Division of the ACC, for them to have a chance at winning Conference they first need to win the Division. So using the link provided and the chart that ranks the top 6 conference schools from 2008-2012.

    Pitt is considered a 3* school. With Miami, North Carolina and VT as the schools in their division considered 4*. But want did that mean in actual wins from 2009-2012:

    Pitt: 30
    VT: 38
    MI: 29
    NC: 31

    So beside a strong performance from VT, the other 2 schools over the last fours years have won the same number of games as Pitt. So please continue with the teeth gnashing, crying, whining, that some of you do continually, but I'll go with the side that thinks Pitt will be alright.

    Hey, is that the end of the earth over there???

    1. You obviously don't know how to interpret the data and you are comparing Big East schedule versus ACC schedule.
      How about this, NC, VT and Miami will win more games than Pitt this year. Total games as well as ACC games!!

    2. Wow, I hope you didn't go to Pitt if you can't understand that link.

  12. Temple appears very aggressive in early offers. Not saying that means they will be any more successful than they have been historically. Just an observation.

  13. Chris When do you think Dixon will make a final 4?

  14. Chris, on your twitter you showed the highlights of Avonte Maddox. Very impressive. Pitt has him down as a DB. Is that correct? I would think they would want him on the offensive side with that 4.40 speed.


  15. If it weren't for Pitt's "Out-House D"... a win against Virginia would be a slam dunk.

    Pitt SHOULD still beat the Cavaliers, even more handedly than Duke. News that Galambos will get his first start should help in the middle.

    An interesting challenge will come fromm Virginia's D-Line. We're going to see just how far Pitt's front five have come since Florida State. Think they'll do just fine.