Ditto Wraps Up HS Career

With Gateway alum Justin King starting at corner, another Gateway star is ready to impact the Lions. This time it's four-star Scout prospect Jon Ditto, one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the East. Despite a back injury, Ditto was back to see WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal action against Penn Hills. Catch up with Ditto as he prepares for the next step in his football career at PSU.

As a junior Jon Ditto earned selections to the second team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State Team and third team Pennsylvania Football News All-State Team for a junior performance that saw his pull in 29 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns.

This season Ditto, at 6-foot-3, 224 pounds, 4.60 second forty, once again played a key role in his team's offensive output, playing wide receiver and tight end. On the year Ditto pulled in 13 passes for 225 yards (17.3 YPC). He also caught two touchdown tosses during the regular season.

He also had some opportunities to carry the ball, rushing six times for 102 yards (17.0 YPC), scoring two touchdowns on the ground and running for a long of 60 yards.

Ditto also managed a 673.6 quarterback rating, tossing one 29 yard pass for a touchdown. Ditto missed several games in the latter portion of the season due to a back injury.

Although Gateway went 5-3 in the regular season, two of those regular season losses were without Ditto in the lineup. The Gators still managed to make a playoff berth, beating Shaler in the first round 24-13.

In the second round they faced a formidable Penn Hills team that beat them during the regular season 41-7. The Gators got into an offensive battle, with Ditto seeing limited action and catching a touchdown pass, but in the end Penn Hills outscored the Gators 44-37, wrapping up Ditto's high school career.

Asessing his own abilities, Ditto summarized his skills, saying "I have a combination of speed and strength. I have good hips and I adjust to the ball well. I think I have pretty good hands."

With offers from programs like Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa, Michigan State, Tennessee, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Louisville, Akron, Ole Miss, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, Ditto was among the most saught after prospects in Pennsylvania and the entire Eastern region.

Penn State's coaching staff is expected to look at Ditto as a wideout or flex tight end. They apparently like his size and hands as a possible target out of the slot.

Catch up with other Penn State Class of 2007 members:

Andrew Dailey
Chris Colasanti


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