Hoover Opens with Pennsylvania Champs

This week (Thursday-Saturday), Hoover High School will host their annual 7 v 7 passing tournament which has become a national event. Sixteen teams from across the country will travel to Alabama to take part in the three day tournament. Several D-1 prospects will have a chance to showcase their skills.

The schools attending know plenty about the Hoover Bucs. Three championships in a row, excellent coaching, tremendous players, and one of the top football programs in the country. Every year, the Bucs send players on to the next level, and this year is not any different.

Wide receiver Cornelius Williams (6-1, 185) was the leading receiver for the Bucs in 2004, and on the defensive side of the ball, Max Lerner (5-11, 200) is the only returning starter in the secondary. Three players from Hoover's secondary received college scholarships in 2005.

Other Hoover prospects on hand for the event include Bryan Morgan and Dwarn Smith--both have received D-1 offers.

Hoover is expecting to open with Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson Hills, PA).

Thomas Jefferson is the defending PIAA Class AAA Champions. The Jaguars feature (6-2, 205, 4.6) linebacker/running back Nate Nix who has already committed to Pittsburgh.

Other weapons for the Jaguars include several Class of 2007 prospects--Dan Geigerich, Chris Drager, and Dom DeCicco who provide punch on offense and defense.

Jason Kolodziej, another 2006 prospect, will patrol the middle of the field from his linebacker spot for the Jaguars. Kolodziej (6-1, 235, 4.7) suffered a torn ACL his sophomore season, but had several solid work-outs this spring and will likely earn a D-1 scholarship.

Heath Brickner is a wild-card for the Jaguars (6-2, 205, 4.6). The class of 2006 prospect tested well at the Scout.com All-American Invitational in Akron, Ohio. The Jaguars are coached by Pittsburgh Panther Bill Cherpak.

Regardless of who plays in the game, it's always fun to watch Hoover's Head Coach Rush Prospt and his nationally ranked team take on the challenge of some of the top teams in the country.

Bob Lichtenfels from Scout.com contributed to this report.

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