|School:||Mount Carmel Area High School, Mount Carmel, PA|
Mount Carmel quarterback Dave Shinskie has caught the attention of many Division I college football coaching staffs.
Last season, Shinskie completed 111 of 203 passes for 1,815 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw only 6 interceptions.
"He throws the ball extremely well," Mount Carmel head coach Mike Brennan said. "Mechanically, he doesn't do a whole lot wrong. He's very, very fundamentally sound with very good feet and good vision. He has a ton of poise and leadership. He handles himself like a college quarterback.
"He is, without question, a legitimate big-time Division I kid. He's proven that so far in his career and I think he's going to have a great year this year."
Shinskie's arm strength is probably his greatest asset.
"He's a baseball player too. He can consistently throw 90-plus (mph). He's been timed at 96 (mph). He was also the only non-senior to play in the East/West Legion All-Star game last year, which includes all of the best baseball players in Pennsylvania.
"His first love is football. He wants to be a football player. Obviously, baseball may be an option for him, but he really likes football and he really wants to be a quarterback. I think eventually he could be a two-sport player in college. He definitely has the potential to do that."
Shinskie has improved each year at the quarterback position.
"He started 15 games as a sophomore. We won the state championship when he was a sophomore and he threw for over 1,400 yards. He also started 5 games as a freshman. So, he's a veteran kid and has had a solid career. He's thrown for 3,810 career yards so far and he's completed over 50% of his passes.
"He really came on strong last year. The amazing thing was that from week 5 on, through week 12, he completed 73% of his passes, which is incredible. He really is maturing. He's a hard worker and puts a lot of time in."
Dave already has a scholarship offer from Iowa. Several other schools are very interested in getting the talented signal caller to visit.
"He was down at the University of Virginia for the Virginia-Duke basketball game a few weeks ago. He liked it down there. He spent 2 days down there with his parents and his brother.
"He went to Penn State's first junior day in February. He spent some time with Jay Paterno and Coach Anderson and he had a real good feel for the place. The proximity to home is a big factor there. He really likes Penn State. I know they're still in the evaluation process and figuring out what they're going to do, but if there is a school right now that he would like to go to, I think it would be Penn State. He and I went to the Indiana game last year.
"They are the schools right now that he has received the most interest from. Vanderbilt has also expressed interest. Michigan State, Wisconsin, Boston College, Northwestern and Pittsburgh have all recently requested tape, so I think the word is out on him."
In addition to playing both football and baseball, Dave also plays basketball for Mount Carmel. His busy schedule has made it difficult to visit other schools.
"He's going to make most of his trips in the summer. I know he plans on going out to Iowa this summer. He'll probably make a southern trip and a midwestern trip."
According to Coach Brennan, Shinksie will attend the Nike Camp at Penn State on April 21.
"He was at the Purdue camp last year, that was the only camp he attended. I think he plans on going to Penn State camp this summer. I definitely think that's a camp he will attend. He'll probably attend Virginia's camp also. He really, really likes both of those schools. He likes their proximity and their programs. He believes that, offensively, they both play his style. He really feels comfortable with those two places."
Mount Carmel will rely more heavily on their quarterback this coming season.
"In the past, we primarily ran the football. In 2000, we had the leading rusher in the state in Jon Veach who is at Princeton now. He had 2,800 yards, and we also had a thousand yard rusher at fullback. Dave still threw for 1,458 yards as a sophomore even though we didn't rely on the passing game as much. We also ran the ball pretty well last year. This year, we're definitely going to open up the offense even more for him. He's capable of having a big year."
The Red Tornadoes return leading receivers Steve Matzura (39 catches last year) and Timmy Wargo (5 touchdown catches last year).
Matzura will also be a senior this year and has the ability to play at the college level.
"Steve Matzura is an Ivy League, Patriot League type kid. He's in the top 10% of his class."
Shinskie has already met NCAA eligibility requirements.