McDevitt Trio Gain Attention spoke with Bishop McDevitt HS head coach, Jeff Weachter, who has produced as much Division I talent over the last 5 years as any coach in the state. Does the coach have any players likely to garner scholarships this season? Do any of his players have offers? Are the Nittany Lions interested?

Over the last couple of years, Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt HS has been one of the largest producers of football talent in Pennsylvania.  Alumni have signed with quality programs in recent years, including Fred Lee and Dethrell Garcia, who signed with Virginia Tech and Penn State respectively, while last season quarterback Marcus Stone signing with North Carolina State after gaining Parade All-American status and Vince Beamer signed with West Virginia after spurning Pitt.  This season Coach Jeff Weachter sees at least three of his seniors following in the footsteps of their predecessors.  According to the coach, who are these potential Div-1 signees that fans should keep an ear open for?

Name: Jaimie Thomas
Position: OT
Height: 6'5''
Weight: 310 pounds
40 Yard Dash: 5.0 seconds
Bench Press: 350 pounds
School: Harrisburg, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt HS)

Jaimie Thomas has not played football for very long, but Coach Weachter believes that he can be an outstanding lineman in college because at his core, he is an athlete.

"Obviously he's a big kid but he moves real well.  He's only played football for two years; he also plays on the varsity basketball team.  He needs to lose a little baby fat, but like the Michigan coach said today, he comes off the ball well, he's a very good pass blocker, and he has exceptional feet--I think they come from his basketball days," explained Coach Weachter.  "He's a kid who has alot of upside potential.  Plus he has a 3.8 gpa."

Because the video editing system at McDevitt HS went on the fritz, no tapes of his prospects have been sent out to any colleges yet, thus no scholarship offers.  However, that has not stopped coaches from inquiring about Jaimie's availability.

"Michigan was in today and they liked him alot.  So I think he'll pretty much get recruited by the Big Ten, the ACC, and Big East," said Weachter.  "He's hearing from Penn State; NC State, they like him a lot because they got our quarterback last year, so they got to see him in practice; Pitt; Virginia's on him pretty heavy, Kentucky and Minnesota.  I would imagine in the next six weeks, he's going to have a few."

Jaimie has not yet taken any campus visits, although he will definitely attend camps this summer.

Larry Johnson, Sr. has recruited McDevitt in the past and that will not change this season.

"They're coming down the first week in May.  They know about him but they haven't seen the film yet," admitted Weachter.

Name: Quincy Rain
Position: DT/OL
Height: 6'5.5''
Weight: 288 pounds
40 Yard Dash: 4.98 seconds
Bench Press: 340 pounds
School: Harrisburg, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt HS)

Unlike Thomas, Quincy Rain has been a starter in the McDevitt program since early in his career.

"He's started since he was a freshman.  He's played more defensive tackle, but I think he's going to be an offensive lineman in college.  We've been pretty fortunate to have some real good players the last couple years.  He hasn't played a whole lot of offensive line but he's going to play for us this year on the offensive line," stated Weachter, who projects Quincy as a guard in college.

Coach Weachter has had many of the same schools express an interest in Quincy that have inquired about Thomas.

"Michigan State liked Quincy a lot last spring.  Coach (Jeff) Stoutland was in and he actually saw (Quincy) practice as a freshman when they were recruiting Fred Lee a couple years ago," said Weachter.  

Unlike Thomas, Quincy has had the opportunity to see at least two college campuses.

"He was out at Pitt last weekend and Virginia's spring game this weekend."

Name: Cedric Bowling
Position: DE/FB
Height: 6'2''
Weight: 240 pounds
40 Yard Dash: 4.56 seconds
Bench Press: 425 pounds
School: Harrisburg, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt HS)

Because of his freakish strength numbers (425 lb. max bench/600 lb. max squat), Cedric may overcome the tendency of college coaches to pigeon-hole him as a 'tweener.'

Coach Weachter believes that Cedric should grow into a rush defensive end, but he could easily play fullback in the right situation.  

Right now, Cedric has received the most interest from Big East and ACC schools.

"I think he's more of a Big East, ACC kid.  I'm not sure he's going to be quite big enough to play in the Big Ten as a defensive end.  I'll know a lot more by the end of May when everyone comes through."

Like Thomas, Cedric has not visited any campuses, but plans to in the future.

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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