Top 35 recruits in the state of Pennsylvania.

This is early list of the top 35 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 Bryant - LB - Reading,PA. (Reading HS) 6-3/240, 4.53. Fantastic hitting ability. Great at the point of contact –a strong, fast, quick, instinctive player. Best LB in the state since Arrington. Pitt wants him badly. Has the talent to start as a true freshmen...anywhere. James registered 132 tackles and 8 sacks as a junior. Bench presses 390., squats 505 and has power cleaned 330. Brother of current Panther Sam Bryant. Bryant attended Pitt's spring game. It may come down to Pitt and Miami.
  2. Dan Connor - LB - Wallingford, PA (Strath Haven HS) 6-3/225, 4.65. 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, 4.70. 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. Morelli was named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific 25 Football Team as a junior. Pitt, Florida State, PSU, Ohio State and Michigan are his favorites.
  4. Chad Henne - QB - West Lawn, PA (Wilson HS) 6-3/210, 4.80. 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, 4.90. 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. 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. Bokor was selected to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific 25 football team as a junior. 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, 4.60. 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 (Erie McDowell HS) 6-6/270. 5.00. 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 (Shenendoah Valley HS) 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.
  16. Rory Nicol - TE/DE – Beaver. PA (Beaver Area HS) 6-5/240, 4.80. 3-year starter, also plays basketball and track. Pitt, Syracuse, WVU, and Toledo among others have already offered. 3.4 GPA, 1020 SAT. Most schools want him as a tight end.
  17. Darrelle Revis - WR/CB - Aliquippa, PA (Aliquippa HS) 6-0/180, 4.40. His coach also coached Ty Law and Bernard Lay and says he is every bit as good...what more can you say? 3-year starter, also plays basketball and track. Penn State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse are the schools that have been showing heavy interest. Excellent athlete, terrific basketball player too.
  18. Dave Weber - OL - King of Prussia, PA (Upper Merion HS) 6-4/305. Will be the top OL in southeast PA and easily one of the top 5 in the state. Pitt and Syracuse have offered. Registered 40 pancake blocks on offense and 70 tackles on defense.
  19. Jordan Steffy - QB - Lancaster, PA (Conestoga Valley HS) 6-2/210. Jordan's currently being recruited by Pitt. He has offers from Maryland and Virginia and is generally considered one of the top 20 players in the state of PA. Purdue was also said to have made a verbal offer to him last winter. Earned first-team All-Section honors after completing 158-of-246 passes for a league-best 2,031 yards and 19 TD's. He is also an excellent basketball player and has often been his team's leading scorer.
  20. Scott McKillop - LB/RB - (Kiski Area HS) 6-2/215. He was selected All-Quad South... also selected to the Tribune Review All-Quad AAAA team as an all-purpose performer at RB/LB. Led his team with 124 tackles - 10 for losses, intercepted 2 passes, and forced 5 fumbles. Also rushed for 729 yards and 9 TD's. Outstanding wrestler, finished 3rd in the state. His brother Chris McKillop signed with Pitt this past season. Will most likely come down to Pitt and Penn State. Pitt has offered.
  21. Mortty Ivy - QB/Safety - Monroeville, PA (Gateway HS) 6-2/200, 4.50. He is getting heavy interest from Pitt, PSU, WVU, Boston College, Maryland, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Duke. At QB, Mortty completed 59 of 133 passes for 815 yards and 9 TD's. He also rushed for 654 yards on 123 carries for 11 TD's. Mortty was just as impressive on defense as he registered 55 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions at the safety position. Mortty was named 1st team All-Quad South as a junior.
  22. Curtis Brinkley - RB - Philadelphia, PA (West Catholic HS) 5-10/180. Curtis was selected 2nd team All-State Big Schools. Has set Philadelphia's all time single-season rushing record. He will break the Philly career single-season rushing record this year barring injury.
  23. Travis Decker - Allentown, PA (Parkland HS) 6-3/225. Great motor, will need to add weight. Had over 13 sacks during the playoff's last year.
  24. Mark Ciufo - Monroeville, PA (Gateway HS) 6-3/275 4.97. Mark has started both ways since his sophomore year. Mark was named 1st team All-Quad South as a junior. Pitt, NC State, NC, WVU, BC, and Duke are showing heavy interest.
  25. Neil Walker - WR – Gibsonia, PA (Pine-Richland HS) 6-2/200. Excellent athlete, fantastic WR. Walker was selected to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific 25 football team as a junior. Also an excellent baseball player with pro potential.
  26. Nick Skeparnias - QB – York, PA (York Suburban HS) 6-2/195. Passed for 2,132 yards and 21 TDs in 2002. Nick was named 1st team All-State by PA Football News.
  27. Ryan Purvis - TE - Lancaster, PA (Catholic HS) 6-5/ 235. Played great at the PIAA Basketball Championship game. Excellent athlete with the frame to get much bigger. 21 receptions for 322 yards and 3 TD's on offense. 48 tackles on defense including 5 sacks. He also added 2 pass breakups and 2 fumble recoveries. Pitt, PSU, and Michigan showing heavy interest.
  28. Devon Lyons - Safety - (Woodland Hills HS) 6-3/205, 4.50. One of the state's top safety prospects, Lyons finished his junior season with 49 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles. Attended Pitt's spring game.
  29. Jon Skinner - OT - Mount Carmel, PA (Mount Carmel HS) 6-5/285. Has an offer from Pitt, Likes PSU, Michigan, and Virginia also. Jon was selected 2nd team All-State last year after missing a lot of time with a knee injury. He was ranked among the top dozen juniors in the state before his injury.
  30. Ben Iannacchionne - OT/NG - (Baldwin HS) 6-4/283. One of the best offensive linemen in western PA. Ben attended Pitt's Bluechip Day held for the top junior recruits. Excellent lineman, also a force on defense. Ben will most likely play offensive line in college.
  31. Ryan Ehrie - OT - Bethlehem, PA (Freedom HS) 6-7/295, 5.20. 3-Year, 2-way starter. 32 Pancake blocks on offense. 3rd Leading tackler on defense.
  32. Jon Krohe - OL - Irwin, PA (Norwin HS) 6-5/280, 5.00. Pitt and WVU, among others, are interested. Excellent athlete for his size, moves very well. He was at Pitt's junior day. Outstanding strength, benches 335 and squats 500.
  33. Dontey Brown - LB - McKeesport, PA (McKeesport HS) 6-3/230. Big, tough, strong kid - one of the top 3 LB's in Western PA. As a junior, Dontey was named 1st team All-Quad West at his linebacker position.
  34. Adam DiMichele - QB – (Sto-Rox HS) 6-1/180. Fantastic 3-sport star. Outstanding QB. Led his team to 2nd place. Finished in the WPIAL and PIAA championships in basketball. Excellent baseball player also. Adam is three-year starter who was the WPIAL's regular-season passing leader and finished with 2,318 yards and 23 touchdowns in 11 games. Adam was named to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Terrific 25 football team as a junior.
  35. Quincy Rain - OL- Harrisburgh, PA (Bishop McDevitt HS) 6-5/290, 4.97. 1st Team All-Conference defensive lineman as a junior. Will play offensive line in college. Pitt, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Ohio State have shown interest.

Brian Gold

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