Best player in eastern PA getting major attention

Elite running backs are always in high demand. Elite running backs with world-class speed can pretty much go where they want for college. By the end of the year, that would pretty much be the case for one eastern PA running back.

Steve Slaton from Conwell-Egan HS in Fairless Hills, PA is a 5'11" 190 pound dynamo with 4.3 speed and excellent strength for a running back.

"He is a physical kid," says Conwell-Egan coach Kevin Kelly. "And he is getting stronger by the day."

While Slaton may not look physically imposing, his 260-pound bench and 535 squat tell a different story. As for his athleticism, Slaton also boasts a 35" vertical jump.

Slaton is also one of the state's biggest stars in track. At the recent indoor championships, Slaton finished 4th in the 60m and the 200m, and won the long jump championship. He also runs the 400m and 100m for Conwell-Egan with a 100m best of 10.5.

But don't make the mistake that Slaton is merely a track star playing football. He broke the school's 22-year-old career rushing record before his junior season was over. For the year, he amassed 1,626 yards for a 7.9 avg., and 19 touchdowns. And to top off it off, he even had two interceptions on defense.

"He is something," says Kelly. "I think everybody will be after him."

So many schools have sent letters to Slaton that he can't even remember them all. But those that have include Penn State, Virginia, Iowa, Maryland, West Virginia, Michigan, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Kentucky, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. One of the few that hasn't yet is Miami, the team that Slaton says is the team he has always liked the most.

Of those that have shown the most interest, he says the five that stand out early are Penn State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, who Slaton visited unofficially this past season. But Slaton is adamant in waiting until the end of the recruiting season so that he can have as many options as possible. Even if it does mean he will have to go through the rigors of recruiting.

"My teacher wants me to go to Penn State," laughs Slaton. "And my dentist went to Notre Dame so he wants me to go there. Everybody is going to try to get me to their favorite school."

Slaton will go to the Nike Combine at Penn State in May but doesn't know where else he will camp.

On top of everything else, Slaton is also an excellent student who will have no trouble in qualifying as evidenced by the fact that he also gets inquiries from Ivy League schools.

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