Western Pa's best kept secret

He may be a secret now, but this 6-6,300 man-child is on a mission to make sure that this season everyone will know his name. It's hard to fathom that a kid with that kind of size who runs a 5.2 forty, benches 335, squats 520 and carries a 3.0 GPA can remain a secret.

The recruiting of Jason Kacinko Penn Trafford High School in Harrison City, PA is beginning to hit full stride.

I for one became a believer when I watched a WPIAL playoff game between Penn Trafford and North Hills this past season.

Actually, I went to the first round playoff game to watch former Pitt commitment RB Andrew Johnson. I left there impressed with Johnson, but it was OT Jason Kacinko who impressed me the most. I will be the first to admit I saw him from a distance at first and he was huge, so I was expecting a kid that size to perhaps be clumsy and slow. I was very wrong; he is very agile, quick footed, and very mobile. During the entire game, Kacinko dominated whomever he was matched against with relative ease. It got to the point where I began to feel sorry for the kids playing opposite him. He was a man amongst boys.

The most remarkable thing is he can easily add weight and you wouldn't notice a difference. He is by far the most physically fit 300-pound high school player I've ever seen. When I spoke to Jason's coach Art Tragesser, he said, "I'll tell you this, that kid didn't allow a sack all season, he is a brute."

When I asked Jason about the lack of attention, as compared to some other PA lineman, he told me, "It doesn't matter, I just always wanted to play big time college football, so I am going to work my butt off, so I can prove myself."

Jason attended Joe Butler's Metro-Index camp this past summer and was regarded by most as the best lineman there. Currently he and some of his teammates are lifting weights and speed training in preparation for the upcoming season.

Of course, any football writer from Western Pennsylvania has to ask the question "Pittsburgh or Penn State?"

"Actually I like both of them, so I couldn't pick just one."

Kacinko is receiving interest from Iowa, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Purdue, West Virginia, and Syracuse. He has already been invited to Michigan's junior days. He wants to go to a couple of summer camps but has no specific plans, as of right now.

He was named 1st team all-conference and 1st team all-county and was elected by his coaches and teammates as a team captain for the upcoming season.

One thing is for certain, Penn Trafford will be a very busy place this season, as reporters, recruiters and college coaches will be lining up to see one of Pennsylvania's top offensive linemen. Maybe the best in what most experts consider to be the deepest position in the state this season as far as blue chip Division 1 players.

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