Scranton's talented QB Allan Karaffa

Looking for a quarterback, that's smart, productive, and has all the leadership qualities to lead a team to victory? If so, then Allan Karaffa from Scranton (PA) is the man for the job. The 6-foot-1 and 190 pound standout has interest from several schools, including Pittsburgh.

"I've received letters from UConn, Lehigh, Villanova, Purdue, and Pittsburgh," Karaffa, who was selected the Regional Player of the Year as a junior, said. "I like Pittsburgh because of the surroundings. It's a big school and I would be able to play on TV every weekend."

There's no doubting Karaffa's talent. After watching video of him, it was easy to see that he had all the qualities to be a solid division 1A quarterback. He has a quick release and an accurate, strong arm. The thing that jumps out the most about him in his highlight tape is his quick decision- making ability, which is very rare at the high school level.

Karaffa, who excels in the classroom with a grade point average of 3.9 and a test score on the SAT of 1250, has earned the respect of everyone who has come in contact with him, including his head football coach.

"We have rebuilt our football program to a level of excellence and respectability," Scranton head football coach John Marichak said. "We had neither when I got here. Allan has played a major role in this turnaround."

"I have been at Scranton for four years; Al has been with me for three of those years. I realized early on that Al was special. I took notice of his hard work and determination to the point where I felt he earned a spot on the varsity roster as a freshman. This is a very unusual event and reserved for those special athletes that can handle the transition. I selected freshmen for the varsity squad only one other time in my career."

"Al is having a great career for us because he understands what it takes to excel. In short, Allan just outworks everyone! I find this rare in a person his age. He has goals, plans to reach those goals, and motivation to carry those plans to fruition. In short, he represents the best of what we have to offer at Scranton High School."

Last year as a junior, he led his Scranton high school into the quarterfinals of the playoffs by passing for over 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns with a whopping 62.8 completion percentage. In his high school career, he has passed for over 3,600 yards and 40 touchdowns.

What is this talented athlete looking for in a school?

"I'm looking to find a place where I can start as early as possible," he said. "I want to earn a scholarship to help my parents out."

The Scranton native, who compares his style to Georgia quarterback David Greene, will attend the Penn State Nike camp in late April and the East Coast Elite Quarterback camp this summer.

Karaffa would like to visit several colleges over the summer.

Dave Peters

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