Clairton (Pa.) vs. McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox
Clairton won its fifth straight WPIAL Class A title and four-star Tyler Boyd and Kent State commit Terrish Webb were huge in the game. Boyd played running back most of the day and showed tremendous quickness and agility while running for 144 yards and two scores on 16 carries. He is smooth and long, and also showed good hands when he was utilized in the passing game. He is looking at Pittsburgh and West Virginia the hardest but is also talking to Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Rutgers.
Webb had a big game with four catches for 99 yards, including a couple of tight catches along the sideline where he showed very good hand-eye coordination and an ability to catch the ball at its highest point. He also has good speed, and celebrated the 58-21 win by picking up a Pittsburgh offer the next day.
Pittsburgh commit Titus Howard, a cornerback, showed good ball skills and a willingness to come up and make a tackle. He wasn't tested much in the passing game, but he demonstrated a good change of direction and an ability to accelerate.
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny vs. Pittsburgh Woodland Hills
The dominant player on the field was Michigan commit Patrick Kugler, who will play interior offensive line in college but lined up at left tackle in North Allegheny High's 21-14 win in the WPIAL Class AAAA final. The five-star Kugler was a mauler in the running game, registering pancake after pancake block. He stayed low, engaged quickly and was able spin the defender to open up running holes.
North Allegheny safety Elijah Zeise, who holds a Pittsburgh offer and is being recruited by Rutgers and Maryland, played safety and cornerback on defense. After watching him, Zeise projects more as a linebacker, providing his body fills out. He comes up and makes tackles at the line of scrimmage and looks more comfortable with the play in front of him.
WPIAL Class AA championship
Aliquippa (Pa.) vs. Washington(Pa.)
Class of 2014 running back Dravon Henry was the headliner in the game, and he performed well, but it was classmate and running back Terry Swanson who had a breakout night. Swanson is looking for his first offer, but should be closing in on one after a 206-yard effort in Aliquippa's 34-7 win in the WPIAL Class AAA title game. Swanson displayed quick feet and an ability to find the hole. He had good acceleration and was hard to tackle one-on-one. One thing he needs to improve is his top-end speed, and if that happens, he could be a high-level recruit.
Henry, who holds six offers, ran for 123 yards on 13 carries, and he flashed his talent level on several mid- and long runs. He gets through the line of scrimmage quickly and can change direction well. Washington running back class of 2014 Shai McKenzie came in with more than 2,600 rushing yards, but had no room to run. There were few holes between the tackles and Aliquippa bottled up McKenzie on the perimeter. He holds a number of offers, but was unable to showcase his skills because of the lack of running lanes.
Imperial (Pa.) West Allegheny vs. West Mifflin (Pa.)
West Allegheny class of 2013offensive lineman Dustin Windemaker, who could get some late FBS looks, play slow and keep his legs driving. He was able to stay on blocks and did a nice job of engaging in the 34-8 win in the WPIAL Class AAA title game.
West Mifflin 2014 running back Jimmy Wheeler ran for 82 yards on 13 carries in his least productive game of the season. There wasn't a lot of space, but early in the game Wheeler hit the hole well and was elusive. However, he is 5-9, 165 pounds and needs to get bigger to land FCS offers.
Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Hampton (Va.) Phoebus vs. Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor
No one saw this coming. On Friday night, Lake Taylor (13-0) routed Phoebus (12-1) 54-0. The Titans claimed their first Eastern Region title in 30 years with their dominate performance against the Phantoms.
Senior running back Tony Pittman and the Phoebus offense struggled. Pittman finished with 22 yards rushing and the Phantoms had just 27 yards of total offense. However, Pittman had a great season, rushing for close to 1,800 yards. While the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Pittman had a tough night, he ran hard the entire game. He is a very physical back, who will be able to contribute early in his college career. Pittman has several scholarship offers and it will be interesting to watch his recruitment over the next few months.
Phoebus defensive end Mark Wilson played hard. Despite his team's struggles on defense, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior showed his trademark quickness and left it all on the field. The Old Dominion commit is a prospect with a lot of upside and a really good pickup for the Monarchs.
Phoebus junior lineman Walter Brantley played extremely well. Brantley is a very good athlete and really fires off the ball. While most schools are recruiting him to play on the offensive side of the ball, he really impressed me on defense. Brantley made several plays from his defensive tackle spot. He plays with good leverage and has a non-stop motor. Brantley is waiting on his first offer, but look for that to change soon.
Jalyn Holmes showed why he is one of the top junior prospects in the country. The Lake Taylor defensive end/tight end made several big plays. On offense, he caught a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Defensively, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Holmes was equally impressive. He is a big-time athlete and is just scratching the surface of his potential. While he could play either side of the ball at the college level, I think best suited to play defensive end. Holmes can really run and has the frame to easily add 40-50 pounds. He has 15 scholarship offers and that number will continue to grow over the next several months.
Nyquan Harris was also impressive. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound junior defensive tackle really controlled the line of scrimmage. Even when he did not make the play himself, Harris put a lot of pressure on the Phoebus offensive linemen, which allowed his teammates to make plays. He showed good power and quickness. Harris has seen his stock rise over the past few months and is now approaching double-digit scholarship offers.
Nhyre Quinerly is a gamer. Every time I see the Lake Taylor sophomore, I am more impressed. While he was flagged for two pass interference calls in the first half, Quinerly broke up three passes in the second half and completely shut down his side of the field. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Quinerly started as a freshman and has continued to improve. He is very physical and does a nice job breaking on the football. Quinerly is one of the top 2015 prospects in Virginia and numerous big-time college programs are already showing interest.