Eastern PA: Hotbed of Recruiting Activity

Here's a look at a few of the high schoolers of note in the Philadelphia suburbs that will sign letters of intent in February 2005. Among those players is speedy RB Steve Slaton. Find out which schools are in the running. Will Penn State be involved?

One prospect that Penn State fans will want to keep tabs on this year is RB/DB Steve Slaton from Conwell Egan HS in the Philadelphia Catholic League Northern Division. Conwell Egan head coach Kevin Kelly recently told LionNews that he's been swamped with college coaches coming in and asking for film of Steve.

Steve, at 5-11 and 185lbs, was named an Associated Press Class AAAA 2nd Team All-State pick at RB this past season. Along with Cheltenham HS CB Derron Barrett, Steve is likely to be the top football recruit in the Philadelphia Area this coming year.

Slaton is a big time track athlete as well as a Division 1 football player. He has long jumped over 22 feet with regularity, and in the New Balance Games last month he jumped 21 feet 11.5 inches. That's the longest jump in Pennsylvania this winter. Steve is also a sprinter. He has run the 60 meters consistently at right around 7.0 seconds with fully automated timing, a time he posted last year at the TFCAGP Meet of Champions at Lehigh. Steve also posted a 6.40 at 55 meters at one of the big Philadelphia Area meets at Haverford College.

How fast is Steve on the football field? According to Coach Kelly, Steve attended summer camp at Penn State last year and ran a blistering 4.3 forty. As for football itself, Steve plays both ways at Conwell Egan, but he hopes to play RB at the next level. Steve holds the Catholic League record for most yards rushing as a freshman. During his junior year Steve ran behind a young offensive line, but he still managed to get 1,626 yards on only 209 carries. He now has 4,166 yards rushing in high school.

Coach Kelly said, "When Steve was a sophomore, he had a veteran offensive line to run behind, but last fall he played behind a lot of young guys and, honestly, he got a lot of those yards on his own. He's got exceptional ability and he runs tough."

Does Steve have a favorite at this time? "When he talks about colleges, he tends to talk about Penn State all the time. I'm trying to get him to have more of an open mind, but he just loves the place. He had such a great time up there at summer camp and he really likes Penn State a lot."

It certainly looks like Steve is going to get a lot of attention sent his way this year. Penn State fans will want to keep watch on how Steve Slaton's recruitment plays out.

Pennsylvania is home to some super OL recruits for the February 2005 signing class, and many of the names you are already aware of. Offensive linemen such as Brandon Richardson, Zach Haulman, Dave McClain, and Morgan Thomas are already familiar names. But they are not the only Division 1 caliber offensive linemen in Pennsylvania this year.

Two such high caliber linemen are in the Ches Mont and Del Val Leagues just west and south of Philadelphia. Kevin Leary is a 6-3 285lbs OG prospect from West Chester East High School in West Chester, Pa. A three year starter, Kevin was named the Ches Mont League's outstanding lineman in 2003. Kevin's coaches told LionNews that he bench presses over 300lbs, does a 510lbs dead lift and has a max squat of 715lbs. In one prodigious work out effort, Kevin did a 750lbs leg press 35 times! Kevin runs a 5.1 forty.

Following West Chester East's dominating win over Downingtown East this past fall, head coach Joe Carroll had this to say about Kevin, "Our backs were getting huge holes opened up by for them by Kevin Leary, Andrew Demoss and the rest of the line. Kevin is the type of linemen who wants every play run behind him."

Kevin is getting mail and requests for film from several Big East schools at this time. He's hoping to hear from Penn State and will attend the May Nike Clinic to put a good impression on college coaches.

Another high-end offensive line prospect is Zac Anderson at Interboro HS. LionNews spoke with Coaches Steve Lennox and John Leary from Interboro recently. They told us that coaches from Michigan, Penn State, Kentucky, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Pitt have all stopped by the school to get film of both Anderson and RB Sean Wasson.

Zac Anderson is 6-5 and 260lbs at this time, but considering how big his older brother Bryan Anderson of the Chicago Bears is, college coaches project Zack to keep growing. Bryan played at John Bartram HS before going Pitt and ultimately to the NFL.

Sean Wasson is a 6-1 210lbs RB who ran for over 700 yards this past year. While neither Zac Anderson or Sean Wasson currently have offers, they are both generating a lot of early interest.

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