Friday, June 3, 2016

Top 10 PA prospects in the 2017 and 2018 classes

The national and college camps are starting to go into high gear, and more kids will show that they belong at a higher level, but for now these are the top prospects going into summer.


1.  D'Andre Swift, St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) RB- Solidly built at 5'10" 208, very fast, great feet and vision, and he even has very good hands. He's the total package and that's why his top five  right now is Penn State, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, and Florida State.

2.  Lamont Wade, Clairton Area HS (Clairton) CB- At 5'9" and 185 pounds, he doesn't have ideal size for the position, but he's very strong, fast, and quick. He also has the fire necessary for the position. Ohio State and Penn State seem like the most obvious leaders, and Pitt is a bit of a sleeper.

3.  Paris Ford, Steel Valley HS (Munhall) FS- Thin, but has room to grow at 6'1" and 175 pounds. Excellent speed and athleticism. Plays with a lot of emotion. Projects just as well at wide receiver. Has committed to PITTSBURGH.

4.  David Adams, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) LB- Typical rugged western PA kid that was born to play linebacker. Good speed and athleticism. Has the range to make tackles all over the field. Committed to NOTRE DAME.

5.  Donovan Jeter, Beaver Falls Area HS (Beaver Falls) DE- Big, strong, and athletic at 6'4" and 265 pounds. Shed some weight so that he can play defensive end, but he could also be just as good at defensive tackle. Pittsburgh appears to be the leader with Penn State probably second. Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame are some of his other offers.

6.  Mark Webb, Archbishop Wood Catholic HS (Warminster) WR- Good size at 6'2" and 195 pounds with the frame to add more size. Has steadily been on the rise with impressive camp performances. At one point he seemed like he was destined for Penn State, but Georgia may lead now. Alabama and North Carolina are also heavily involved.

7. C.J. Thorpe, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) OG- Short and stocky at 6'3" and 320 pounds, but has good feet for his size. He could also move over to DT if he doesn't pan out on offense. Has committed to PENN STATE.

8.  Josh Lugg, North Allegheny HS (Wexford) OT- At 6'7" and 290 pounds he has great length, and he also moves very well. However he appears to be this year's candidate for overrated PA lineman that national recruiting services do every year. At least for now since Lugg has yet to perform at a high level. He does have great natural attributes, though, so that still may come. Has committed to NOTRE DAME.

9.  Kurt Hinish, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) DT- Probably the biggest surprise prospect of the season because nobody expected him to get the attention that he has. But he's a solid 6'2" and 285 pounds, and he moves well for his size. Has already committed to NOTRE DAME.

10.  Kenny Robinson, University Prep HS (Pittsburgh) LB- Maybe the most under recruited prospect in the state, but that's often the case when you play in Pittsburgh's City League. At 6'3" and 205 pounds he has a strong, athletic frame to go with his good speed and quickness. When it all comes together for him he could be a special player. It's believed that Pittsburgh is the strong leader.


1.  Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland HS (Gibsonia) QB- Started as a sophomore last year and already dominated. At 6'5" and 190 pounds he has the frame, and if that's not enough he's a big time athlete. Could be the national No. 1 QB in the class. Committed to NOTRE DAME.

2.  Micah Parsons, Central Dauphin HS (Harrisburg) DE- Already 6'3" and 235 pounds and he's still going to fill out a lot over the next two years. Big time rush end that could be the top DE in the country for the class. Committed to PENN STATE.

3.  Isheem Young, Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia) FS- Currently just 5'10" and 180 pounds, but he hasn't started his junior season yet so he still has a lot of time to grow. Plays like a high school version of Ed Reed with great range and hard hits. Pitt, Penn State, Florida State, Alabama, Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina are some of his very early offers.

4.  Kwantel Raines, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa) S- Already 6'3" and 190 pounds so he may eventually grow into a linebacker, but wherever he ends up he has a chance to be the next great Quip thanks to his speed, athleticism, size, and toughness. Pitt has to be considered a major player because of the connection between the schools.

5.  Matthew Bauer, Cathedral Prep HS (Erie) LB- Typically tough PA linebacker that flies all over the field and makes great hits. Has the frame to add to his 6'2" and 200 pounds. He seems destined for Penn State.

6.  Zack Kuntz, Camp Hill HS (Camp Hill) TE- Very skinny at 210 pounds and because he's 6'7' that means he has a lot of weight to put on. Despite doing well as a track performer he's not highly explosive and he has to learn to be a tight end since he's more of a wide receiver now. These reasons are why I have him a little lower than others. But 6'7" is still 6'7" so if it all comes together down the road, look out.

7.  Darryle Simmons, St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia)- Already a very immersive 6'2" and 200 pounds with good speed and athleticism. Early offers include Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland, There will be many more.

8. Kevin Doyle, Malvern Prep (Malvern) QB- Currently a solid 6'3" and 190 pounds but he needs to get stronger, including arm strength. But he has a lot to work with including accuracy and very good mobility in the pocket. Has early offers from Pitt, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Kentucky, among others.

9.  Shaquon Anderson-Butts, Harrisburg HS (Harrisburg) WR- Explosive and speedy at 6'0" and 160 pounds. Early offers include Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, and Rutgers.

10. David Green, Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) DE- Already a very solid 6'2" and 250 pounds so he may grow into a defensive tackle. Very athletic and tough. Has the potential to move way up in the rankings. West Virginia and Iowa State are his first two big offers.


  1. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Pitt that a lot of these players are leaving the area.

  2. I guess there won't be any talented offensive linemen in the 2018 class for Pitt to grab. Not that it would matter with how the staff is struggling so bad to get early verbals. This 2017 class was the one where Peterson was going to reel in the talented kids since relationships would have been established.

    So far not so much. I sure hope the three kids in the last class pan out and Hargrove is moved there. I think Peterson did well coaching last season. I'm worried he can't recruit.


  3. Can't help but notice how many of these guys have already committed to places that aren't Pitt.

  4. Narduzzi is chasing 4 star kids from all over the country so that Pitt does not have to depend on the WPIAL for a majority of its players. Meanwhile he is keeping up communication with the local players and coaches so that he can try to get the kids that he really wants. If his plan works then Pitt will once again be a legit power in college football.

    1. People need to stop panicking because you see a WPIAL kid going somewhere else. The myth that Pitt's glory days were built solely on the WPIAL is just that, a myth. Sherril got the kids he wanted out of the WPIAL, he wasn't running a slavation army program where he took all of them.

    2. As I've pointed out in the past, in Pitt's great seasons, when the WPIAL was loaded, they'd usually get about 6 or 7 Pittsburgh area kids. They still have to do a little better with the nationally recruited kids, and that will come if they start winning more, but the numbers have always been the same.

  5. Slightly alarming that there are only 2 O-linemen, none in 2018, and both are committed elsewhere. Hopefully HCPN can find them elsewhere as Pitt will need to replenish this area in these classes.

    *good to see a new post Chris. Apologize for using the possessive on St. Bernards on the last one. I saw that when I clicked 'Publish' and said 'noooooooooooooo'. I hate when I do that.


  6. The sky is not falling. It will be OK these coaches will get there share.


  7. I'd be curious to see you expand these lists to top 20 and/or put out a list of top targets at each position (lists for bball too would be excellent).