Sneak Peek IV

Our countdown of the top 25 junior prospects in Pennsylvania continues. In this installment of the series, we tackle prospects No. 10 through No. 6.

10. (Tie) DL/OL Tom McEowen, 6-4/269/5.12, Neshaminy

Honors: First-team All-League as a sophomore/junior, Courier-Times Golden first-team, SE PA SOL Golden 11 Juniors.

Statistical Analysis: 89 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, five sacks and two forced fumbles. Report: If there’s a kid with a better work ethic than McEowen, I’d like to see him. He dedicated himself to the game and to making himself better; he gained 40 pounds in a little over a year. Neshaminy coach Mark Schmidt calls him a perfectionist. Lineman depth is lacking in the class of 2006, and McEowen could end up at the top of the class. McEowen ran a 5.12 and an amazing 4.34 shuttle at the F&B Combine last spring.

The Skinny: McEowen received his first official offer recently from Rutgers. He is also hearing from Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Penn State, Duke, Miami and Florida.

10. (Tie) OL Chris Hanna, 6-4/292/5.0, Gateway

Honors: Second-team All-Conference

Statistical Analysis: Allowed four sacks all season Report: Hanna was the best offensive lineman I saw this season. A 300-pound kid who goes whistle to whistle nonstop. He has amazing feet; he’s like a dancing bear. Hanna could be a devastating guard at the next level. He has uncanny athleticism and agility. He’s equally adept at run and pass blocking.

The Skinny: Hearing from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Purdue, Iowa, and several others. Hanna’s stock will soar after the combines. (Editor's note: Hanna has since received a verbal offer from Pitt).

9. S/WR Elijah Fields, 6-2/200/4.5, Duquesne

Honors: First-team Eastern Conference, Tribune-Review All-WPIAL Class A, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22” South, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL Class A.

Statistical Analysis: 26 receptions for 591 yards and 14 touchdowns. Averaged 22.7 yards per catch. Report: Fields has been dubbed “The Greek God” by his Duquesne teammates. Fields is put together, 200 pounds of solid muscle. He is one of the best deep threats in Pennsylvania, yet defense could be where his future lies. Fields is a tenacious and feared hitter. When you watch him play, as soon as he delivers a blow, he is on the mind of that player the rest of the game. Fields is raw and unrefined, but his physical and athletic ability will make him a very highly touted prospect.

The Skinny: Indiana, Penn State and Pittsburgh have all been by the school to get tape on Fields. He is hearing from several Big Ten and Big East schools.

8. DL/OL Jared Odrick, 6-6/295/4.9, Lebanon

Honors: Third-team PFN All-State as a sophomore, first-team All-Conference. Report: The most physically impressive defensive lineman I saw at last May’s Nike Combine at Penn State were Melvin Alaeze, Jeremy Navarre and Jared Odrick. With his combination of size and speed, Odrick could perhaps be the Class of 2006’s version of Marques Slocum. Odrick plays tight end in high school, but his future will likely be as an offensive tackle at the next level. Possesses exceptional feet, was a very gifted basketball player. According to, Odrick has quit basketball to focus on football.

The Skinny: Reportedly has an offer from Iowa. Iowa and Connecticut have been to Lebanon to see him play. Odrick is hearing from Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Maryland.

7. WR/DB John Maddox, 6-4/195/4.5, West Philadelphia Catholic

Honors: First-team All-Catholic Blue Division offense and defense, first-team All-City DB by the Philadelphia Daily News.

Statistical Analysis: Had 690 yards receiving as a sophomore. As a junior, Maddox caught 24 passes for 504 yards and eight touchdowns. Maddox also intercepted nine passes. Report: Potentially the best receiver in the state. Great combination of size and speed. Has outstanding body control and strong hands. West Catholic coach Brian Fluck says, “John is an outstanding football player, but an even better young man,”

The Skinny: According to Fluck, Maddox has offers from Rutgers, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Maddox will have several offers before the summer camps roll around.

6. DL/OL Jason Pinkston, 6-4/260/4.9, Baldwin

Honors: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL AAAA, Tribune-Review All-WPIAL AAAA, first-team All-Conference Quad East, Tribune-Review “Terrific 25.”

Statistical Analysis: Registered 100 tackles and six sacks. Report: Pinkston is being touted as the best defensive line prospect in Western Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. Pinkston is lightning quick off the ball, he is aggressive yet disciplined, he does not overpursue or penetrate too deep into the backfield. He’s fast enough to rush the QB, yet strong enough to be an outstanding run-stopper.

The Skinny: Has offers from Pittsburgh, Penn State and West Virginia. Pinkston has taken in games at Pittsburgh and West Virginia. If he has a strong combine performance he will be a very highly touted lineman.

Earlier installments:

No. 25-No. 21

No. 20-No. 16

No. 15-No. 11


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