Scouting Harrisburg High vs. Bishop McDevitt

Harrisburg High vs. Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt has been named one of the greatest rivalries in high school sports by This year the Bishop McDevitt Crusaders' talented group of underclassmen use their speed and big play ability in a 42-6 victory over the Cougars. GBW's Gene Hankerson was there and has a scouting report on Bishop McDevitt youngsters, including the top soph. in the state.

Matt Johnson 6'2" 190 QB Bishop McDevitt Class of 2011

Pennsylvania's next great quarterback? Right now, those chances are looking pretty good. Johnson lived up to the hype that has been centered around his long awaited arrival at Bishop McDevitt. Johnson showed he has the total package, great touch, a strong arm, and a quick release. He completed 13 of 16 for 197 yards and 1 touchdown. While those numbers aren't eye popping, they're very impressive for a kid in only his second varsity start. His performance Saturday, warranted Harrisburg head coach George Chuamp, a man who has seen it all and rarely gives out praise, to say "Johnson will play on Sundays." Keep in mind this is a living legend (Chuamp) raving about a sophomore quarterback. High praise indeed!

Jameel Poteat 5'11" 190 RB Bishop McDevitt Class of 2011

It's tough to deal with the pressure of replacing a 1,500 yard back (Mike Jones), let alone play against the alma mater of your cousin and NFL'er in Hank Poteat. However, the young tailback did just that, in a fashion that shocked many observers. Everybody knew Poteat was talented, but there some people that questioned his heart, and ability to take the physical pounding that comes with a fulltime role. After being held in check on his first couple carries, Poteat began to gash the Cougar defense, finishing the game with 95 yards for 15 carries (1 TD), and 19 receiving yards on a screen pass that he took in for a score. Poteat has good speed, and although he can shake n bake with the best of them, I like him best when he's running north/south. It is Poteat's surprising strength and ability to break tackles that will eventually separate him from other elite backs.

Salath Williams 6'4" 185 WR Bishop McDevitt Class of 2010

Williams comes into the season as the veteran of a group of playmakers in the Crusader arsenal. Although only a junior, he has the most experience and is battle tested. The questions regarding this prospect were consistency and size. The off-season appears to have been good to Williams; he's added 5 pounds of muscle and has grown a couple inches. On the field, he was the go to guy, setting the tone early with a couple spectacular grabs. Most importantly, no dropped passes. If McDevitt has a few close games, his numbers could be sick. Even without that, his skill set and willingness to block make him a surefire BCS level prospect.

Cory Ford 5'10" 175 CB Bishop McDevitt Class of 2010

It's good to see Ford back on the gridiron. After taking off a year to focus on basketball, where he's at best a mid major prospect, Ford saw the light and turned to football where he shined his freshman year. He has come back strong, showing solid footwork and great ball skills. He knows he has good speed and quicks, so he gambles quite a bit, which causes Ford to get beat sometimes. Once Ford understands that he great cover skills, I think we'll see him cut down considerably on the amount of times he gambles. The instincts and skills are there, just needs to focus on the game. That said, he did have one interception, and could of easily had another.

Aaron Marks 6'0" 187 RB Bishop McDevitt Class of 2009

Transferred in from Central Dauphin East knowing that Poteat is their guy. Like the NFL, the Crusaders installed a two back system. It paid off for Marks, rushing for 46 yards on 6 carries, including 2 touchdowns. In the past he's been known as more of a speed back who preferred to run off tackle and beyond, that reputation could be changing as we speak, because most of his runs were up the gut and into the teeth of the Cougar defense. Recruiters are sniffing, just no offers yet. Should know more by week 4.

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