February's Lion's Lounge:<br>PA's Top Jrs. & More

PSU signed another quality group this year despite the fact they had only 11 scholarships. Find out who the top Pennsylvania prospects are heading into the spring evaluation period.

Pennsylvania's Pre-Spring Top 25 Juniors:
Home Town (High School)
Ht., Wt.
1. Dan Connor (LB)
Wallingford (Strath Haven HS)
6-3, 225
Tremendous player, he will have offers from everyone! Penn State leads?
2. Chad Henne (QB)
West Lawn (Wilson HS)
6-3, 210
Penn State heavily involved. Great feet and arm.
3. Anthony Morelli (QB)
Pittsburgh (Penn Hills HS)
6-4, 200
Best QB at Psu Nike Camp as a junior. Lacks Henne's feet. Big arm. Pitt leads?
4. James Bryant (LB)
Reading (Reading HS)
6-3, 220
Athletic linebacker. Has ties to Penn State and Pitt.
5. A.Q. Shipley (OL/DT)
Moon (Moon HS)
6-3, 270
Already has offers from Psu and Pitt.
6. Andrew Johnson (RB)
Pittsburgh (North Hills HS)
6-0, 200
Transferred from Central Catholic. Pitt and Michigan.
7. Craig Bokor (OL/DT)
Hopewell (Hopewell HS)
6-4, 275
Outstanding in Championship. Motor never stops. Great guard in college.
8. Corey Davis (DE)
Pittsburgh (Peabody HS)
6-4, 260
Played MLB, but may outgrow position.
9. Tyrell Sales (LB)
Butler (Butler HS)
6-4, 225
Best linebacker in the west. Pitt loves him already.
10. Anthony Heygood (RB)
Springfield (Cardinal O'Hara HS)
6-2, 195
KJ's alma mater. Very fast and physical.
11. Dan Lawlor (FB/LB)
Mechanicsburg (Cumberland Valley HS)
6-2, 220
Could play a number of position in college.
12. Greg Harrison (OL)
Shenandoah (Shenandoah Valley HS)
6-5, 295
Agile and big. Plays against Single A competition. Definite Psu interest.
13. Curtis Brinkley (RB)
Philadelphia (West Catholic HS)
5-10, 180
Could break Philly rushing record. Granted an extra year.
14. Travis Decker (DE)
Allentown (Parkland HS)
6-3, 225
Motor does not stop. Needs to add weight.
15. Jordan Steffy (QB/Ath)
Lancaster (Conestoga Valley HS)
6-2, 200
Maryland rumored to have offered. Very athletic.
16. Adam Gunn (S)
Vandergrift (Kiski Area HS)
6-3, 195
verbal - Pittsburgh. 'Nuff said. :-)
17. Kyle Mitchum (OL)
Erie (McDowell HS)
6-5, 250
All-stater is said to be strong and agile. Could move up way higher after spring.
18. Dave Weber (OL)
King of Prussia (Upper Merion HS)
6-4, 305
Road grader has been on Psu's radar for a while.
19. Dontey Brown (LB)
McKeesport (McKeesport HS)
6-3, 230
Rivals Tyrell Sales for top linebacker in WPIAL.
20. Dave Peck (TE)
Wallingford (Strath Haven HS)
6-5, 215
Tough player, great hands. Could add weight to his frame easily.
21. James Casterano (FB/LB)
Lansdale (North Penn HS)
6-2, 225
Tough nosed kid.
22. Scott McKillop (LB)
Vandergrift (Kiski Area HS)
6-2, 210
Brother signed with Pitt. Has interest in Penn State though.
23. Jon Skinner (OL)
Mount Carmel (Mount Carmel HS)
6-5, 290
Mountain! Kept QB Shinskie clean all year.
24. Neil Walker (WR)
Gibsonia (Pine-Richland HS)
6-2, 200
Kevin McCabe's go to guy. Also excellent baseball player.
25. Brian Tracz (LB)
Philadelphia (St. Joseph's Prep)
6-2, 225
Best linebacker in Philly.

* - this list is preliminary, it will no doubt change during Spring Evaluation/Nike Camp timeframe.

Others to watch: QB Scott Knapp- Pittsburgh (Perry Traditional HS) 6-3, 215; QB Nick Skeparnias- York, Pa. (York Suburban HS) 6-2, 195; RB Billy McLee- Uniontown (Uniontown HS) 6-2, 245; TE Pete Donchez- Bethlehem (Bethlehem Catholic HS) 6-4, 215; OL Wyatt Bowman - Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Cumberland Valley HS) 6-6, 310; OL John Krohe - Norwin, Pa. (Norwin HS) 6-5, 275; DE John Bedics - Bethlehem, Pa. (Bethlehem Catholic HS) 6-5, 220; LB Tony DeRiggi - Harmony, Pa. (Seneca Valley HS) 6-2, 225; CB Ken Evans - Washington, Pa. (Washington HS) 6-0, 180; DB Marlin Pitts - Broadheadsville (Pleasent Valley HS) 6-1, 195; S Devon Lyons - Pittsburgh, Pa. (Woodland Hills HS) 6-3, 190; S/QB Mortty Ivy - Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway HS) 6-2, 200; K Tony Bernatos - Mechanicsurg, Pa. (Central Dauphin HS) 5-10, 230; K Chris Gould - Lock Haven, Pa. (Central Mountain HS) 5-11, 190; K Gerry McGroarty - Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Bishop Hoban HS) 5-10, 165
Twelve Out-of-State Names to Watch:
Home Town (High School)
Ht., Wt.
Brandon Barrett (WR)
Martinsburg, Wv. (Martinsburg HS)
6-2, 185
Top player in Wv. in 2003
Lee Bujakowski (QB)
Hopewell, Va. (Hopewell HS)
6-3, 215
Top junior QB in Va.
Hugh D'Imperio (MLB)
Washington, Nj. (Washington Twp. HS)
6-5, 230
Made All-Philly Region Team
Delbert Ferguson (RB)
Warren, Oh. (Harding HS)
6-3, 210
Transferred into Clarett's school. Osu lock?
Marcus Freeman (LB)
Huber Heights, Oh. (Wayne HS)
6-2, 215
Best Ohio LB since Katzenmoyer?
Mike Hart (RB/CB)
Nedrow, Ny. (Onondoga HS)
5-10, 180
Super shifty runningback
Chad Hoobler (DE/LB/TE)
Carrollton, Oh. (Carrollton HS)
6-4, 235
Comes from a pro-Ohio State school
Dwayne Jarrett (WR)
New Brunswick, Nj. (New Brunswick HS)
6-6, 205
May be the top player in Nj. Coaches call him "gifted."
Marquis Liverpool (CB/WR)
Ramsey, Nj. (Don Bosco Prep)
5-10, 185
Teel's #1 target. Electric player!
Chazz Lynn (RB/CB)
Franklin Lakes, Nj. (Wayne Hills HS)
5-10, 180
Son of NY Giants DC, Johnnie Lynn. Rumored to have a Psu offer.
Mike Teel (QB)
Ramsey, Nj. (Don Bosco Prep)
6-4, 215
Has already been to a Penn State game
Kyle Williams (LB)
Bolingbrook, Il. (Bolingbrook HS)
6-3, 220
Top LB in Illinois. Psu is childhood fav.

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