PA's Top 25 Jrs. & More

Movin' Up

Pennsylvania consistently produces some of the most talented and highly recruited football players in the country. Who are this year's elite Keystone gridders and maybe next year's Big 33 stars?

Name
Pos.
Home Town (High School)
Ht., Wt.
Notes
1. Chad Henne
*
QB
West Lawn (Wilson HS)
6-3, 210
Impressed at Nike Camp.  Big arm/great feet and has shown his ability consistently.  Looked 220+ at Nike Camp.
2. Anthony Morelli
*  
QB
Pittsburgh (Penn Hills HS)
6-4, 210
Equally impressive as Henne at Nike.  Showed better feet than advertised.  Needs to be more consistent in pads.
3. Dan Connor
*  
LB
Wallingford (Strath Haven HS)
6-3, 215
Tremendous instincts and athleticsm, seperate him from any linebacker in state.  Should make a decision over the summer.
4. A.Q. Shipley
*  
DT
Coraopolis (Moon HS)
6-3, 278
Wide shoulders left fans wowed at Blue White game.  Will test at Nike Camp in Virginia Tech.  Could be a Nittany Lion soon?
5. James Bryant
*  
LB
Reading (Reading HS)
6-3, 240
Tremendous body.  Best linebacker at Nike, hands down.  Great athlete, but not an instinctual linebacker.
6. Tyrell Sales
*  
LB
Butler (Butler HS)
6-3, 225
Rising up the charts.  Great combo of grades and athleticsm.  Will join A.Q. at Nike Camp in Blacksburg.
7. Andrew Johnson
*  
RB
Pittsburgh (North Hills HS)
5-10, 200
Serious speed.  Measured in a bit smaller than advertised.  Will be able to go wherever he wants.
8. Kyle Mitchum
*  
OL
Erie (McDowell HS)
6-5, 265
Explosive off the line of scrimmage.  Has frame to add weight easily, but may force a redshirt.  Ohio State/Penn State battle.
9. Greg Harrison
*  
OL
Shenandoah (Shenandoah Valley HS)
6-5, 295
Penn State commit excelled at Nike.  Needs to concentrate on dominating weaker small school opponents.  Great feet.
10. Anthony Heygood
*  
RB
Springfield (Cardinal O'Hara HS)
6-1, 210
Needs to rebound from an injury plagued junior season.  Has BC and Wvu offers.  Ran for close to 1,000 despite injuries.
11. Corey Davis
*  
DE
Pittsburgh (Peabody HS)
6-4, 260
Pittsburgh commit plays linebacker in high school but projects as DE.  Great athlete.
12. Craig Bokor
*
OL
Hopewell (Hopewell HS)
6-4, 275
Anchor on the Hopewell HS offensive and defensive lines, Bokor will attend the Virginia Tech Nike Camp.  Offers from Pitt, Wva, and UVa.
13. Dan Lawlor
*  
FB
Mechanicsburg (Cumberland Valley HS)
6-2, 230
Strong blocker.  Now has offers from Penn State, Maryland, Iowa, and Vandy.  Dad went to Virginia Tech.
14. Chris Rogers
*  
DE
Wexford (North Alleghany HS)
6-3, 240
Sports offers from Michigan, Penn State and Pittsburgh.  Being recruited as both a tightend and defensive end.
15. Jordan Steffy
*  
QB
Lancaster (Conestoga Valley HS)
6-2, 210
Great athlete playing quarterback.  Sports a canon arm, but needs to find accuracy.  Will be a college QB in the right system.
16. Donte Brown
*  
LB
McKeesport (McKeesport HS)
6-3, 250
Newest Penn State commit.  Big middle linebacker could grow into a defensive end.  Brandon Short comparisons can't hurt.
17. Scott McKillop
*  
LB
Vandergrift (Kiski Area HS)
6-2, 220
Pittsburgh commit measured in small at Nike.  Hard nosed linebacker has good speed.
18. Rory Nicol
 *
TE
Beaver (Beaver HS)
6-5, 240
Jumbo athlete, who competes in hurdles.  Has offers from big schools in midwest and atlantic region.
19. Darrelle Revis
*  
CB
Aliquippa (Aliquippa HS)
6-0, 180
Nephew of former Panther, Sean Gilbert, Darrelle could be the best DB in Pa.  Also a good basketball player.
20. Wyatt Bowman
*
OL
Mechanicsburg (Cumberland Valley HS)
6-6, 330
Excelled at Nike Camp.  The Penn State commit was said to play with a mean streak that all the great lineman have.
21. Bryan Savage
*
QB
Haverford (The Haverford School)
6-4, 215
Big and strong armed, Savage thoroughly impressed everyone at Nike.  Like Harrison, he needs to dominate at a lower level.
22. Adam Gunn
*  
S
Vandergrift (Kiski Area HS)
6-3, 195
Pittsburgh commit, continues the Kiski Area HS pipeline to Oakland.  Great body and speed for a safety.
23. Ryan Purvis
*  
TE
Lancaster (Catholic HS)
6-5, 235
Showed off  great athleticsm in PIAA basketball finals.  No offers yet, but after May evaluation he could move up on this list.
24. Devon Lyons
*  
S
Pittsburgh (Woodland Hills HS)
6-3, 190
Tested very well at Nike.  Could be safety or wide receiver at the next level.
25. Nick Skeparnias
*  
QB
York (Suburban HS)
6-2, 195
Showed great foot work at Nike, but his arm wasn't in the same class as the above Qbs.  Has the intangibles you can't teach though.

Others to watch:  
QB Rob Agnone - Etters (Red Land HS)  6-5, 220
QB Chris Crane - Camp Hill (Trinity HS)  6-5, 215
QB Adam DeMichele - Pittsburgh (Sto-Rox HS)  6-1, 180
QB Jim Gallagher - McMurray (Peters Township HS)  6-1, 180
QB Allan Karaffa - Scranton (Scranton HS)  6-1, 190
QB Scott Knapp - Pittsburgh (Perry Traditional HS) 6-3, 215
RB Curtis Brinkley - Philadelphia (West Catholic HS)  5-10, 185
RB Richie Schiccatano - Coal Township (Shamokin HS)  5-11, 180
FB Billy McLee - Uniontown (Uniontown HS)  6-2, 245
WR Tom Dance - Erie (Cathedral Prep)  6-2, 195
WR Kenny Jones - Scranton (West Scranton HS)  6-1, 185
WR Neil Walker - Gibsonia (Pine-Richland HS)  6-2, 200
TE Pete Donchez - Bethlehem (Bethlehem Catholic HS)  6-4, 215
TE Doug Fife - Peters (Peters Township HS)  6-5, 215
TE Austin Gunder - Red Lion (Red Lion HS)  6-5, 230
TE Dave Peck - Wallingford (Strath Haven HS)  6-5, 220
TE Bob Reisenweber - Erie (Catherdral Prep HS)  6-5, 250
OL Mike Byrne - Manheim, Pa. (Manheim Central HS) 6-4, 265
OL Mark Ciufi - Monroeville (Gateway HS)  6-3, 275
OL Eric Costello - Erie (Central HS)  6-2, 275
OL Craig Dawson - Greensburg (Central Catholic HS)  6-4, 280
OL Ryan Ehrie - Bethlehem (Freedom HS)  6-7, 300
OL Ben Iannacchione - Baldwin (Baldwin HS)  6-4, 285
OL John Krohe - North Huntingdon (Norwin HS)  6-5, 280
OL Mike Nardone - Pittston (Pittston Area HS)  6-0, 280
OL Quincy Rain - Harrisburg (Bishop McDevitt)  6-5, 290
OL Sean Shannon - Altoona (Altoona HS)  6-5, 330
OL Bill Sugalski - Nanticoke (Nanticoke HS)  6-3, 305
OL Jaimie Thomas - Harrisburg (Bishop McDevitt HS)  6-5, 310
OL Dave Weber - King of Prussia (Upper Merion HS)  6-4, 305
DE John Bedics - Bethlehem (Bethlehem Catholic HS)  6-5, 220
DE Travis Decker - Oreland (Parkland HS)  6-3, 235
DE Matt Parkhurst - Philadelphia (St. Joseph's Prep)  6-3, 235
DE Stephen Schmalhofer - Lancaster (Catholic HS)  6-4, 215
DE Kyle Sprenkle - Spring Grove (Spring Grove HS)  6-4, 230
DE Nate Tucker - Rochester (Rochester HS)  6-4, 235
LB Marcellus Barnes - Philadelphia  (Edward Bok HS)  6-3, 225
LB James Castertano - Lansdale (North Penn HS)  6-2, 225
LB Charron Fisher - Philadelphia (Roman Catholic HS)  6-3, 240
LB Tony DeRiggi - Harmony (Seneca Valley HS)  6-2, 225
LB Brian Tracz - Philadelphia (St. Joseph's Prep)  6-2, 225
CB Dale Calloway - Washington (Washington HS)  5-11, 175
CB Ken Evans - Washington (Washington HS)  6-0, 180
CB Andrew Hawkins - Johnstown (Bishop McCort HS)  5-8, 160
CB Danny Jones - Philadelphia (St. Joseph's Prep)  5-8, 170
CB Marlin Pitts - Broadheadsville (Pleasent Valley HS)  6-1, 195
S Omar McDonnough - Philadelphia (Germantown HS)  5-11, 215
S Andy Taylor - Wyomissing (Wyomissing HS)    6-1, 195
S Nate Waldron - Rochester (Rochester HS)  6-0, 200
Ath Kevin Akins - Lansdale (North Penn HS)  6-2, 180
Ath Steffan Brinson - Pittsburgh (Woodland Hills HS)  6-2, 180
Ath Mortty Ivy - Monroeville (Gateway HS)  6-2, 200
Ath Ben Maljovic - Warren (Warren HS)  6-3, 195
Ath Joe Marianacci - Exeter (Wyoming Area HS)  6-0, 185
Ath Andre Sloan-El - Philadelphia (Roman Catholic HS)  6-3, 190
K Tony Bernatos - Mechanicsurg (Central Dauphin HS)  5-10, 230
K Chris Gould - Lock Haven (Central Mountain HS)  5-11, 190
K Gerry McGroarty - Wilkes-Barre (Bishop Hoban HS)  6-0, 180
Dave Brytus - West Alleghany (West Alleghany HS)  6-4, 225


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