Tonight at The Pittsburgh Athletic Association banquet one of seven WPIAL finalists will win the Mercury Award, given to the top player in Western PA, an honor current Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny received two years ago.
This time around, two future Nittany Lion players are among the seven finalists:
Justin King: Aside from his Parade and SuperPrep honors, the 5'11", 185 lb. Gateway senior played in the U.S. Army All-American game this past week. He is considered by many to be the top overall cornerback recruit nationally and is a ranked as a 5-star prospect by Scout.
This season King (left, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) lead his team to their first WPIAL title game in 18 years. He big reason for that is the offensive output the two-way player provided his squad, rushing for 1,901 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Sean Lee: The 6'3", 215 lb. Upper St. Clair senior was also a force on both sides of the ball this year for his team. In the backfield Lee (right, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) rushed for 1,240 yards and 21 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball he pulled down 95 tackles and pulled in four interceptions.
Honors are nothing new to Sean either. This season he was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Top 30 PA Football Player and Pennsylvania AAAA First Team All-State selection.
Congratulations to both Justin and Sean on this distinct honor and best of luck to both of them.