Top 15 recruits in the state of Pennsylvania

This is an early list of the top 15 recruits in the state of Pennsylvania for the 2004 recruiting class. This list will be updated throughout the year as players move up and down in rankings. Rankings will be based on sophomore and junior year statistics, summer camp reviews, film reviews, college interest, and their senior season play.

  1. James BryantLB - Reading, PA (Reading HS) 6-3/240, 4.53 40-yard dash. James has fantastic hitting ability. He is great at the point of contact - a strong, fast, quick, and instinctive player. Best LB in the state since Arrington. Pitt wants him badly. Has the talent to start as a true freshman...anywhere. James registered 132 tackles and 8 sacks as a junior. Brother of current Panther Sam Bryant. It may come down to Pitt and Miami.
  2. Dan Connor - LB - Wallingford, PA (Strath Haven HS) 6-3/225, 4.65 40-yard dash. Dan is a talented prospect and very advanced at his position for a high school player. A hard-nosed player. Does not have quite the potential for college ball that Bryant has... but he is a big-time talent. Heavy PSU lean.
  3. Anthony Morelli - QB - Pittsburgh, PA (Penn Hills HS) 6-4/215, 4.7 40-yard dash. Great talent...arm strength and quick release remind many of Dan Marino. Better arm than Henne but not quite the overall athlete. May have a better upside since he plays in a run-oriented system. As a junior, the Penn Hills quarterback completed 78 passes in 148 attempts (53% completion percentage) for 1,880 yards and 20 TD's, while throwing only 9 interceptions. Pitt, Florida State, PSU, Ohio State, and Michigan are his favorites.
  4. Chad Henne - QB - West Lawn, PA (Wilson HS) 6-3/210, 4.8 40-yard dash. Big-time talent... has all the tools to be a great one. On an even par with Morelli when you factor in talent, potential upside and development. Michigan, Penn State, Georgia, and Miami are his favorites.
  5. Andrew Johnson - RB - Pittsburgh, PA (North Hills HS) 6-0/195, Legit 4.4 speed. Super talent, breakaway speed, great athlete. Could end up as one of the top 5 RB's in the country if he rebounds from an injury-plagued junior season. Rushed for over 1,700 yards as a sophomore despite missing almost 3 games. Possibly the #2 most talented prospect in the state next to LB Bryant. Max Emfinger has him currently listed as the #1 RB in the country. Pitt and VT may have an edge over a ton of others.
  6. A.Q. Shipley - OL/DT - Moon, PA (Moon HS) 6-3/270, 4.9 40-yard dash. Tough kid with a super motor. Has started since his freshman season. Pitt, PSU, and Michigan offered before his junior season. Would be an excellent D-lineman, but he could be an All-American center also. Recorded 70 tackles - 17 for a loss, 6 sacks, and 98 pancake blocks as a junior. Pitt, PSU, Ohio State, and Michigan are his top 4. Could be a heated recruiting battle.
  7. Corey Davis - LB - Pittsburgh, PA (Peabody HS) 6-3/ 260, 4.65 40-yard dash.  Early verbal to Pitt. That's right...runs a 4.65 40 at 260lbs...enough said. Great run-stuffer. May grow into a defensive end... should be 280 easily once he starts into a serious strength and conditioning program. Corey is a 3-year starter; he had 80 tackles (60 solo), 7 sacks, and 3 interceptions this past season and was named All-City League. His stats also include two forced fumbles, one punt block, and one blocked extra point. Corey was also named to the Tribune-Review All-Class AAA team and was selected to the Tribune-Review East Terrific 25 team.
  8. Adam Gunn - Safety - Vandergrift, PA (Kiski Area HS) 6-3/195. Early verbal to Pitt. Great 2-way athlete. Plays QB on offense. Great hitter, will knock you out. Excellent ball skills. Max Emfinger says he is one of the top 10 safeties in the country and ranks him among the top 6 free safety recruits in the nation. Adam registered 63 tackles and 3 interceptions as a junior. He threw for 1,033 yards and 13 TD's as a QB. Adam was selected to the Tribune-Review All-Class AAAA team as an All-purpose performer. Adam gave Pitt an early verbal over heavy interest from Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue, Penn State, and West Virginia.
  9. Craig Bokor - OL/DT - Hopewell, PA (Hopewell HS) 6-4/275. Wants to play defense in college...could be a great guard though. Great motor; tough, hard-nosed style. Helped lead his team to the WPIAL and PIAA titles as a junior. 3-year starter, Had 75 tackles and six sacks in 2002. Favorites are Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Virginia.
  10. Tyrell Sales - LB - Butler, PA (Butler HS) 6-4/225, 4.6 40-yard dash. Excellent size and speed. Super athlete, very good basketball player too. Tyrell was named 1st team All-Quad North at linebacker as a junior. Should really show what he can do his senior season. Tyrell had approximately 90 tackles and 7 sacks during his junior campaign. Pitt, WVU, Syracuse, PSU, and Maryland have offered.
  11. Anthony Heygood - RB - Springfield, PA (Cardinal O'Hara HS) 6-2/195. Excellent speed but also a very physical runner. Outstanding track performer (javelin and 200 meters).
  12. Kyle Mitchum - OT - Erie, PA. 6-6/270. 5.0 40-yard dash. He was named 2nd team All-State on the offensive line. Registered 31 tackles, 27 assists, and 9 sacks on defense. Penn State, Pitt, Maryland, Iowa, Michigan State, and West Virginia have offered already. Ohio State is showing heavy interest also.
  13. Chris Rogers - TE/DE - Wexford, PA (North Allegheny HS) 6-3/240. PA Football News 3rd team All-State at TE as a junior. Chris was named 1st team All-Quad North on defense as a junior. Has offers from Pitt, PSU, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, and Purdue. Registered 50 tackles -  30 solo, 8 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries at defensive end as a junior. At TE, he had 14 catches for 278 yards and 4 TD's as a junior.
  14. Dan Lawlor - FB/LB - Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland Valley HS) 6-2/230. Ran for 1,200 yards on 144 carries for 23 TD's. VT leads - Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland also in the hunt.
  15. Greg Harrison - OL/DL - Shenandoah, PA.  6-5/295. Michigan State, Ohio State, and Penn State have offered. 3-year starter on both sides of the ball. Greg was named All-State as a junior by PA Football News.

Brian Gold
PittInsiders.com


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