Keep an eye on Aliquippa's Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis is an outstanding cornerback/wide receiver for Aliquippa High School in Beaver County, PA. Darrelle has that much-sought-after combination of size, speed, and coverage ability that will make him the focus of an intense recruiting battle.<br><br> And who could better testify to those abilities other than his football <I>and</I> basketball coach Mike Zmijanec…

At point guard, Revis has led Aliquippa's basketball team to the WPIAL AA championship and the PIAA semi-finals. In football, at cornerback and wide receiver, he's helped lead his team to a 10-2 record and the WPIAL semi-finals. At 6-0, 180 lbs., there is a great combination of stature and athleticism working for him.

"Darrelle has outstanding coverage ability, that is what sets him apart from other cornerbacks that also have size and speed. You can find 10 kids on a playground in New York City that are 6-0/180, but they won't have the cover skills and hands that Darrelle has," coach Mike Zmijanac said.

"Darrelle has started at cornerback and wide receiver for two years. He has also started at point guard on his basketball team for two years. He is a tough, smart kid with excellent coverage ability. He has nice size - still needs to do some more work in the weight room - but there is no question about his ability."

Pitt, PSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Syracuse have all shown early interest. According to his coach, many more will be on the list soon.

"We just got done with basketball a week ago, so we haven't had the chance to sit down and talk about things yet. He will be attending all the summer camps," coach Zmijanac said. " I still have to sit down and give him the letters he has been receiving from all the schools. Everyone in the country is showing interest in him."

When asked about his 40-yard dash time, coach Zmijanac had this to say. "I usually don't time my kids because the college coaches do not believe you anyway. He is in the 4.4 range, though. He is an excellent wide receiver and has great hands, but most schools are recruiting him as a cornerback. The colleges are all looking for a kid with his size and speed that also has his coverage ability. That is what separates him from the rest."

Coach Zmijanac also coached Aliquippa greats Ty Law and Josh Lay, and feels that Darrelle has the same ability that those two had at the high school level.

Hopefully Darrelle will join fellow Aliquippa grads Mike Ditka, Sean Gilbert, and Josh Lay in selecting the University of Pittsburgh as his college of choice.

Best of luck to Darrelle Revis and the Aliquippa Quips in the upcoming football season.

--Brian Gold

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