Metro-Index Report Session II

For well over 25 years Joe Butler has been operating Metro-Index sports camps in the Pittsburgh, PA region. Each year his camp continues to grow, as prospects from far and wide attempt to be seen by a number of college coaches from varying levels of competition. attended the Wednesday night session at the UPMC Southside Practice Facility.

The young stars of 2007 were on hand during the Wednesday night week two session of Joe Butler’s Metro-Index camp. As well as a quarterback that you’d have to see to believe. We also saw several other potential D-1 prospects.

The star of Wednesday’s session was hands down Cranberry Township (Pa.) Seneca Valley quarterback Kevan Smith, 6’-3” and 215 pounds. Smith drew rave reviews from the college coaches and high school coaches alike including West Allegheny (Pa.) head coach [Bob] Palko who was very impressed.

“That’s a nice looking kid right there, he does a lot of things well,” Palko said.

During the May evaluation period colleges are scouring the ends of the earth for talent, as is the recruiting team and we are happy to have uncovered this gem. Smith missed all but two games during his junior season, due to a broken thumb. I will say this; Smith is a potential big time college quarterback. He has arm strength that is comparable to any quarterback that I have seen this year. He has a smooth and fluid release. Despite his limited playing time Smith is very accurate, and shows great timing and velocity.

Another quarterback who continues to impress, but lacks ideal size is Harrison City (Pa.) Penn Trafford signal caller Tyler Huether, 6’-1” and 190 pounds. Huether is one of the most accurate quarterback’s you’ll find anywhere.

Tyler Huether gets advice from Pittsburgh’s Tyler Palko

The top running back in attendance was Hampton (Pa.) sophomore sensation Steve Paskorz, 6’-2” and 210 pounds. Paskorz is a man amongst boys already; he will likely grow into a linebacker in college. Paskorz has all the tools to be a great player, speed, power, balance, and vision.

One player we watched intently as he is a likely Top 50 (Pennsylvania) player is Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway tight end Jordan Stevens. Stevens could not be covered in one-on-one competition, his athleticism provided match-up problems for would be defenders all night. It was impressive watching a tight end make acrobatic catches that some receivers struggle to make.

At wide receiver no one stands out more then the talented New Kensington (Pa.) Valley sophomore Toney Clemons, 6’-3” and 190 pounds. I refer to Clemons as simply the “Truth” because he is just that. As a freshmen I watched Clemons vertical (40”) run a (4.45) 40-yard dash, and register a (10’+) standing broad jump. Watching average defensive backs try and cover Clemons is almost comical, he is the total package. Clemons and Gateway’s Jon Ditto could be two of the top 5 wide receivers in the entire Northeast region next season.

Another sophomore who had a nice camp was New Castle (Pa.) wide receiver Zach Anderson, 6’-3” and 180 pounds. He showed outstanding ball skills, and an uncanny ability to get up and sky for almost anything. He is a definite prospect to keep an eye on.

And in keeping with the Class of 2007 theme, Harrison City (Pa.) Penn-Trafford wide receiver Tim Cortazzo, 6’-1” and 170 pounds, continues to impress. Like most underclassmen Cortazzo has some work to do to thicken up, but he is a very polished pass catcher. Being a coach’s son and possessing a tremendous work ethic has made him an outstanding football player.

Along the offensive line there were a few prospects that stood out including Washington (Pa.) Trinity offensive lineman Andy Miller, 6’-7” and 250 pounds. Miller plays tight end in high school, but I see him projecting as an offensive tackle. He has the frame to add 25-30 pounds, and he has a tremendous reach. He has above average feet.

Another promising prospect is Pittsburgh (Pa.) Oliver offensive lineman Kevin Macon, 6’-6” and 285 pounds. Macon is raw, as are a lot of Pittsburgh City league prospects, but once you look past that you’ll see a very nimble 285-pound football player. He has good feet, and is deceptively quick.

Footwork was what caught my eye while watching Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic offensive lineman Pat Illig, 6’-4” and 300 pounds, during ladder and bag drills he showed very quick feet. He has all the makings of a very good interior offensive lineman.

Along the defensive front I was impressed by Springdale defensive tackle Devin Cox, 6’-3” and 278 pounds. Cox has great feet and is very explosive. Brother Lucas is an Iowa Hawkeye.

I was also impressed by Murrysville (Pa.) Franklin Regional defensive tackle John Malecki, 6’-3” and 270 pounds. Malecki has great feet and explosion, but really excited me is his love of the game. He is always going non-stop no matter what he’s doing.

At linebacker I see a lot of potential in New Kensington (Pa.) Valley linebacker Tyler Santucci, 6’-1” and 230 pounds, camps don’t do this kid justice because his film is what shows his strength and that’s his ability to finish a play. Santucci looked good on Wednesday, he dropped back into pass coverage well, and he was fast enough to cover the flats.

Kevan Smith, Tyler Santucci, John Malecki, Kevin Macon, Andy Miller, Tim Cortazzo, Jordan Stevens, Tyler Huether, and Steve Paskorz will all be participating in the All-American Combine at the University of Akron on May 28th. would like to thank Joe Butler for allowing us the opportunity to attend his outstanding camp. We look forward to covering the Metro-index camp next season.

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