Slaton puts up impressive numbers at camp

Define "impressive". According to my handy collegiate dictionary it means: having the power to excite attention, awe, or admiration. You could say that may be what we would call Steve Slaton's latest performance at the Nike Camp.

Steve Slaton covered the 40 yard dash in 4.34 seconds, ran the shuttle in 4.17 seconds and jumped an amazing 38.5 inches in the vertical leap. Impressive is just one adjective in a long list that could be used to sum up Steve's performance.

Then you take a look at the numbers that Steve put up last season and you become used to seeing eye-popping numbers. Through 11 games last year Steve rushed for 1,626 yards and 19 touchdowns. He nearly averaged 8 yards per carry last year as a running back. From his cornerback position he had two interceptions and six pass break ups.

His numbers last year won him second team all-state and all-district honors as a junior. He was also all-district as a sophomore and freshman.

Although Conwell Egan Catholic High School competes in a smaller class, Philadelphia Catholic League - Blue Division, the competition is very good. In the Red division is St. Joe's Prep and is normally rated as one of the top teams in the nation.

It's that competition, his athleticism and his stats that have some of the nation's best programs out to see Slaton in Fairless Hills, Pa.

"I can't really remember them all," Slaton said. "Virginia, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Hofstra, Ohio State, West Virginia, Penn State, Notre Dame, and North Carolina. Iowa is coming in this Wednesday."

"I've pretty much talked to the same schools; West Virginia, North Carolina, Nebraska and Penn State."

Slaton is currently holding offers from North Carolina and West Virginia. "North Carolina was first to offer me about three weeks ago. I got an offer from West Virginia last week. Boston College said that they're going to offer. I am hoping that Maryland offers. I think that Virginia may be close."

Schools are recruiting Slaton as a running back and a defensive back. In the end, Slaton really prefers to play running back. "Playing running back is something that I love doing. I have good field vision. I'm fast and I'm hard to take down."

"I'm going to play safety this year. My jumping ability and speed to react to the ball are my strengths playing defense."

Slaton is wide open at this time, but admits that the offers put those teams in the driver's seat for his services. He is looking for an education first when it comes to choosing a college and then to how soon he can play.

Distance will not be a factor which is good for at least one team that seem to be hard after Slaton. Nebraska has been by the school as well as called the Pennsylvania stand-out.

"Nebraska is interested in me as a running back. They told me to keep up the good work and that they like my size for a running back. I like the fact that they like to run the ball. They have a good running tradition. The winters may be kind of cold out there though."

An offer from Nebraska to Slaton may be enough to get him to hop on a plane and check them out this fall despite the cold winters. "Yes, it (an offer) could. I'd be interested in checking them out."

Before this call Slaton was just talking to Penn State and Hofstra. He has plans to camp at Penn State and Maryland. He is also planning unofficial visits to Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Boston College.

Slaton carries a 2.8 GPA. He also bench presses over 300 pounds and squats over 600 pounds.

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