Monday, July 20, 2015

Top 15 Prospects in PA for 2016 Class (Preseason Edition)

1. Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills HS (Pittsburgh) RB- Athletically built at 5'11" and 200 pounds. Can add muscle without losing speed and that will help him with running between the tackles. Excellent speed, quickness, and vision.  All around back that has very good hands, too.  Committed to PENN STATE early, but he's been looking around. It's probable that he'll stay with Penn State but  Pittsburgh is the most obvious choice should he flip. Other offers include Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Notre Dame, USC, and many more.

2. Michal Menet, Exeter Township HS (Reading) OT- Needs to add weight to 6'5" 270 pound frame, but he has the feet, strength, and technique to be a big time college player. Extremely high upside. Committed to PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, Alabama, Duke, Georgia, Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, South Carolina, Stanford, UCLA, and more.

3. Naseir Upshur, Imhotep Institute Charter HS (Philadelphia) TE- Not big at 6'2" and 235 pounds, but he is athletic, strong, and equally good in the run or pass game.  Miami and Michigan are considered the current favorites. Other offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, USC, Ohio State, Florida, Auburn, and just about everybody else.

4. Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) CB- Thin, but nice length at 6'1" and 180 pounds. Highly athletic with great range. Can play cornerback or safety at the next level, but his size at cornerback makes him a player that's high in demand. Pittsburgh and Ohio State may be the leaders, but other offers include Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Auburn, Clemson, Stanford, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Miami, Virginia Tech, and UCLA.

5. Karamo Dioubate, Prep Charter HS (Philadelphia) DE/DT- Nicknamed "The Reaper" for good reason. Tough and athletic at 6'4" 275 pounds, with a great burst.  Has the athleticism and speed to play end and the toughness and size to play inside. A bit of an unknown as to who he's looking at, but offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State, Miami, Florida, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech.

6. Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North HS (Newtown) QB- Doesn't possess ideal size at 6'0" and 200 pounds, but he has a solid, athletic build. Athletic runner with good speed. Better than average arm. Suspect accuracy until this summer when he performed very well. Committed to SOUTH CAROLINA over Penn State, West Virginia, Auburn, Florida, Clemson, Miami, Ohio State, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and many others.

7. Kaezon Pugh, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa) LB- Athletic, fast, and tough at 6'2" and 220 pounds. Built like a rock already.  Could also be a major college running back but he appears best suited for linebacker. Pittsburgh and West Virginia are the leaders, but other offers have come from Auburn, Mississippi State, Miami, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Arizona, Maryland, and Virginia Tech.

8. Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport Area HS (McKeesport) S- Athletic safety with great range. One of the hardest hitters in the state. Solidly built at 5'11" and 200 pounds. Has the ability to also be an excellent college running back but he was born to be a safety. The leaders appear to be Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin, but other offers include Nebraska, North Carolina, UCLA, and Virginia Tech.

9. Connor McGovern, Lake-Lehman (Lehman) C- Stocky, tenacious 6'4 1/2" 295 pounder with good feet and technique.  Considered by some as the best center prospect in the country.  Chose PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Stanford, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Miami, and Duke.

10. Cary Angeline, Downingtown HS (Exeter) TE- At 6'7" he's obviously a great target. Basically a wide receiver in high school, and though he's up to 230 pounds he still has to gain a lot of weight to be an every down player. He's mostly just a pass receiver now so he will have to work a lot on in line blocking. Committed to USC over Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Oregon, UCLA, and Notre Dame, and many more.

11. Andrew Pryts, Hickory HS (Hermitage) S- Solidly built at 6'1" and 200 pounds. Good athleticism. Smart.  Vicious hitter.  Offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan, and Michigan State.

12. Johncarlo Valentin, Imhotep Institute Charter HS (Philadelphia) OG- Enormous size at 6'4" and 340 pounds. Obviously he will need to get in better shape but he moves well at that size and is a load to move. Michigan and Virginia Tech may be the leaders, but other offers have come from Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Auburn, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

13. Aaron Matthews, Clairton HS (Clairton) WR- Great length at 6'5" but needs to add some weight to his 185 pound frame. Not a blazer, but he has football speed, and he rarely gets caught from behind. Can lose a defender with just one long step. Great hands and knows how to use his frame. Performer very well against top competition this summer.  Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Maryland, and Minnesota are in his top group.

14. Therran Coleman, Brashear HS (Pittsburgh) CB- Nice corner size at 6'1" and 180 pounds. Very good speed and athleticism. Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are in the top group. Other offers have come from Arizona State and Virginia Tech.

15. Rashad Wheeler, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) DT- Excels on maybe the most talented team in the entire state. And at 6'3" and 270 pounds he has good size and athleticism. Has the frame to get bigger and stronger. Offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, and Virginia, among others.


  1. Chris, thanks for the info. I think Pitt has a good shot to at least get 5 of these guys. (Wheeler, Pugh, Matthews, Hudson and Hamlin).

    I think a lot will depend on how Pitt does this year on the field.

  2. OT: But was at the ACC Media Day today in Pinehurst, NC - I live just a couple of miles from the resort there.

    Met James Conner, Darryl Render (HUGE Hands and Big Smile there) - AD Scott Barnes, EJ Bourghetti and Pat Bostick.

    They could not have been nicer people.

    Got pics with my wife with James, Darryl and AD Barnes.

    All of these guys just so nice - very polished and accommodating to Mrs. Moody and me.

    I had my arm around both James and Darryl for the pictures - I'm 6' 5" and about 210 - these two guys are like a rock - no scratch that - chisled marble - was unbelievable how solid they were.

    If I was a skinny 180 lb cornerback trying to tackle Conner on a gallop - I'd say a prayer 1st - my God - would be like getting hit by a truck.

    AD Barnes was maybe an inch taller but all just big people.

    Pat gave me this big smile and EJ said..."Stand right here - I'll get James and Darryl for pictures"

    I'm like...OK!!!

    Was just great!

  3. Chris,
    It seems like this years class has a lot more of the bigger names poking around. I have only been following your blog for 3-4 years but it seems like this year's class
    (based on who's offering) is much more deeper and talented than the past 5 years. There's always been 3-5 top players that are recruited nationally but usually the bottom 5 had MAC offers listed if I'm remembering correctly. Hopefully Pitt can strike while the iron is hot this year.


  4. Tough to see Penn State just completely dominating in recruiting right now. I know it's still early, but they will end up with a top 10 class. What's our best hope? Top 35?

  5. Until such time as the Hargrove fella proves he can't play, he gets my full support that he is capable and will contribute. I mentioned many months ago that the first year recruiting class for Nard, will be more difficult than many predicted. We may end up well with a good season, but next year is where he should find recruiting success like crazy. Stability in the coaching ranks is so important!

    Andrew Pryts does not have an offer but will get one tonight if he defends well against Ahmir Mitchell and company. If he struggles, expect Tony Butler to get an offer. It will be an interesting dynamic. If Pryts beats Mitchell, Pryts gets the offer and probably commits and Mitchell moves on to Michigan tomorrow. If Mitchell beats Pryts, than Mitchell gets the offer and Ptryts starts to look at PSU and Pitt a little harder. Beginning to be a numbers game with OSU and PSU in my opinion.

    Any thoughts on TE offers? Not to be a broken record, but OSU will receive their 3rd TE verbal tonight/tomorrow in my opinion. At some point, we should be going after one of the three because they just have too many!

    End of the day, I think we end up in the 30-40 range with recruiting this year. As previously written, next year Nard should do really well, especially if he puts 8-9 W's on the record book. That also means no more DUI's with starters.