PA Top 50 High School Football

The following is our first PA Top 50 of the recruiting season. It will change often as the players' stocks rise and fall.

PA Top 50

1. Justin King (6-0,180) Gateway HS, Monroeville- RB, WR, CB- Blazing 4.29 speed, but also very tough. Very explosive with the ball in his hands and a great cover corner. Being recruited at all three positions. Stepson of former Penn State WR Terry Smith, who is also his coach. Currently has over 20 offers with Michigan, Penn State, and USC leading.

2. Callahan Bright (6-4, 320) Harriton HS, Bryn Mar- DT- Awesome size, strength (600 pound squat), speed (4.9), and athleticism (plays lacrosse) has made Bright one of the most recruited defensive linemen in the country. Double digit offers including Miami, Florida State, and LSU.

3. Jason Kacinko (6-6,300) Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City- OT- Great size and strength with very little body fat. One of the better offensive linemen in the northeast and a prototypical right tackle. A mauler with very good technique. Current offers from Pittsburgh and Syracuse, but other schools involved include Michigan, Ohio State, and USC.

4. Shane Brooks (6-0,200) Duquesne HS, Duquesne- RB- Good size with 4.48 speed. Tough, hardnosed runner who also has great hands. Currently has nine offers including Pittsburgh, Maryland, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, and Syracuse.

5. Kyle Newell (6-5, 235) Bethlehem Catholic HS, Bethlehem- DE, OLB- Tall, skinny, athletic pass rusher. Great pursuit skills and jumping ability. Knocks down a lot of passes. Has the frame to put on 30 pounds or more. Excellent basketball player that is being recruited by St. Joseph's. Football offers from Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Syracuse, and Northwestern.

6. Kurt Mattes (6-6,260) Wyoming Valley West HS, Plymouth- OT- Long arms, strong, and very quick feet make him an excellent left tackle prospect. Has the frame to put on a lot more weight. Excellent student with 4.2 GPA and 1280 SAT. Brother, Brian, plays for Notre Dame. Current offers from Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.

7. Andre Mathis (6-2, 225) Erie Cathedral Prep, Erie- OLB- Athletic and uses 4.6 speed to pursue the ball over the field. One of only two juniors last year to be named to Quad A All-State Team. Current offers are Penn State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College, and West Virginia.

8. LaRod Stephens (5-8, 165) Greater Johnstown HS, Johnstown- RB- Don't let the diminutive size fool you. Blessed with 4.48 speed, excellent strength, and amazingly quick feet, Stephens has people gasping at his highlight tape. Both Pittsburgh and Penn State offered immediately after viewing it.

9. Christian Fleming (6-5, 240) Erie Strong Vincent HS, Erie- DE- A terror coming off the end due to his explosiveness and 4.8 speed. A prototypical pass rushing end. Pittsburgh, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and West Virginia are interested but no offers yet. According to his coach, he may go the junior college route.

10. Marques Slocum (6-6, 326) St. John Neumann, Philadelphia- OT, OG, DT- Very big but with good feet and athleticism for his size. Plays OG and DT in high school, but may project to OT. Prefers to play DT. Michigan State has offered but others interested include Maryland, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and USC.

11. Ernest Williams (6-2, 248) Monessen HS, Monessen- MLB- Tough, fast, and very strong. Claims to run a 4.6 and squat over 600. Shows great athleticism on the basketball court. Hindered by a lack of a current high school coach to send out tapes. Still is getting interest from Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan, Miami, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Could be a fast riser after the Nike Combine in May.

12. Zack Anderson (6-6, 250) Interboro HS, Prospect Park- OT- Good athlete and very tough. Plays LT and projects to that at the next level due to long arms. Underweight for the position in college, but can easily put on 50 pounds. Brother, Bryan, played at Pittsburgh. Current offers are Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Purdue.

13. Matt Lowry (6-6, 315) Cardinal O'Hara HS, Springfield- OT- Excellent size, adding 3 inches and 30 pounds since sophomore year. Tough with good athletic ability. Syracuse has offered and others interested include Penn State, Michigan, Virginia, and Michigan State.

14. Nate Hartung (6-3, 385) Butler HS, Butler- C, NT- Maybe the strongest player in the country benching 465 pounds and squatting 700. Both are legitimate as they were done in weightlifting competitions. A bit heavy but is willing to work to lose it. Already has gone from 401 to 385 in the last month, and expects to get down to at least 365 before senior season starts. Weight slows him down some but shows his athleticism on the basketball court. If he gets down to 330, he could be a force. Excellent character with a personality as big as his body. Syracuse offered as a center and West Virginia as a NT.

15. Will Barker (6-7, 275) Haverford School, Haverford- OT- Obviously great size with long arms, but also athletic enough to play lacrosse. Projects as a left tackle. Virginia has offered and North Carolina, Penn State, Duke, and Michigan State are also interested.

16. Jarmal Ruffin (6-3, 200) Scotland School, Scotland- WR- Great size, hands, 4.5 speed, and a 35" vertical make him the most coveted WR in the state. Getting interest from Penn State, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and USC among others.

17. Bill Stull (6-4, 190) Seton-La Salle HS, Pittsburgh- Not a good year for QB's in the state, but Stull is the best going into the season. Excellent touch and better than average arm. Very productive. Can make a variety of different passes. Kentucky and Akron have offered and Pittsburgh, Mississippi, Ohio State, Michigan State, and West Virginia are interested.

18. Ken Lewis (6-1, 180) Penn Hills HS, Pittsburgh- RB, CB- Ran for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore but was hurt a lot as a junior. Has very good speed. Can project as a running back or a lock down corner. Interest is coming from Pittsburgh, Penn State, Maryland, and Notre Dame.

19. David McClain (6-5, 325) Central Bucks South HS, Doylestown- OT- Good size and excellent drive blocker. Offered by Maryland early and verbally committed to them.
20. Scott Uziel (6-4, 245) Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville- TE- Possibly the best TE in a good year for them in the state. Very good 4.75 speed, sure hands, and excellent blocking ability. Good strength and an excellent student. Pittsburgh, Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, Virginia, and North Carolina are all showing a lot of interest.

21. Stephen Smalls (6-2, 180) Conestoga Valley HS, Lancaster-WR- Combines excellent size with 4.5 speed and great leaping ability. Getting heavy interest from Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Michigan State, and Virginia Tech.

22. Morgan Thomas (6-3, 305) Parkland HS, Allentown- OG,C- Awesome strength and excellent run blocker. Because of lack of height he projects to the interior of the line. Father played for Virginia. Pittsburgh and Penn State currently lead over Virginia, Ohio State, and Michigan.

23. Mike Dell (6-3, 225) Lower Dauphin HS, Hummelstown- MLB- Tough, hardnosed tackling machine with 4.6 speed. Hearing mostly from Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa, Syracuse, and Virginia.

24. Steve Slaton (5-11, 190) Conwell-Egan Catholic HS, Fairless Hills- RB, CB- Track star with 4.4 speed, excellent strength, and a 35" vertical. Surprisingly has no offers yet, but Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Iowa, and Virginia Tech are all interested.

25. Mikell Simpson (6-0, 185) Harrisburg HS, Harrisburg- RB- Good speed and game breaking ability while also having good hands and punt return ability. Michigan, among others, is interested.

26. John Brown (6-4, 275) Burrell HS, Lower Burrell- OT,OG- Was a TE but grew into a tackle. Maintained 4.9 speed. Good strength and feet. Father, John, was a TE at Pittsburgh in the mid-80s. Verballed to Pittsburgh over Iowa, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech.

27. John Pelusi (6-4, 235) Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh- TE- Good speed and very strong. Also a good DE, but projects as a TE. Excellent student. Father, John, also played at Pittsburgh in the mid-80s. Pittsburgh and Connecticut have offered, Virginia, Maryland, and Iowa are interested.

28. Mario Henry (5-11, 200) Erie Strong Vincent HS, Erie- RB- Good size, speed, and 40" vertical. Also pound for pound one of the strongest players in the state, currently owning four state power lifting records. No offers but hearing from Pittsburgh, Michigan, Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, and Syracuse.

29. Jayson White (6-1, 215) Erie McDowell HS, Erie- SS- Ran for over 1,000 yards as a junior but is being recruited as a strong safety. An amazing athlete and a physical specimen. Very strong with 4.5 speed and a 37" vertical. Getting a lot of interest from West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Iowa, and Michigan State.

30. Ovid Goulbourne (6-1, 198) Easton HS, Easton- RB- Will be the main focus of Easton's great running attack this year and should put up big numbers. Has 4.4 speed and excellent pass catching ability. Also has a nose for the end zone. Those interested include Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Penn State, West Virginia, and Iowa.

31. Brandon Richardson (6-4, 335) New Brighton HS, New Brighton- OG, OT, DT- Very big but has good feet. Being recruited on both sides of the ball, but prefers defense. Very strong. Excellent student. North Carolina, Boston College, and Syracuse are showing interest, but as of now it is a Pittsburgh and Penn State battle.

32. Adam Pritts (6-5, 250) Butler HS, Butler- OT-DT- A diamond in the rough as he is spending the off-season getting bigger and faster. Excellent wresting career pays off in his understanding of leverage. Penn State and Ohio State have long been his favorites, but others interested include Pittsburgh, Iowa, Syracuse, and Tennessee.

33. David Harvey (6-1, 175) Penn Hills HS, Pittsburgh- WR- Excellent speed and game breaking ability but may not put up big numbers in Penn Hills' run offense. Especially since Anthony Morelli has graduated. Likes Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Michigan.

34. Quintin Odem (6-1, 172) Farrell HS, Farrell- WR- Another big play receiver with blazing speed. Can go the distance any time that he touches the ball. Averaged 34 yards per catch and an amazing 52.8 yards on his 16 touchdowns. Interested teams include Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Indiana, Virginia, and South Carolina.

35. Sean Lee (6-3, 200) Upper St. Clair HS, Upper St. Clair- FS, SS, LB- Good athlete and a very good basketball player. Good speed and a solid hitter. Smart on the field and off. Excellent student with a 3.8 GPA. Getting interest from Michigan, Pittsburgh, Florida State, Penn State, Iowa, and West Virginia.

36. Mike Maruscak (6-5, 295) Northgate HS, Pittsburgh- OT- Excellent size and strength. Very hard worker with a naturally big build. Wears a hearing aid due to partial deafness, but it hasn't slowed him. Good student with a 3.25 GPA. Interested schools include Pittsburgh, Penn State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

37. James Carson (6-0, 205) Erie Cathedral Prep, Erie- FS, SS- Great size and strength to go along with good speed. Hard hitter. Cousin of Andre Mathis. Interested schools include Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Penn State, and Michigan.

38. Lawrence Green (6-4, 300) McKeesport HS, McKeesport- OT, OG- Very athletic big man that is also a very good basketball player. Good build with little fat. Has only played football for a few years. Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Syracuse, and Virginia are among those that are interested.

39. Zach Haulman (6-3, 277) Altoona Area HS, Altoona- OG- Very strong and tenacious. Also an excellent run blocker. Hearing from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Virginia, and Boston College, among others.

40. Ben Maderia (6-4, 270) Forest Hills HS, Sidman- OG- Very strong lineman that plays in a pro style offense. Adept at both run blocking and pass blocking. Hearing mostly from Pittsburgh, Penn State, Syracuse, and Boston College.

41. Eugene Jarvis (5-6, 160) Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh- RB- Amazingly talented runner with great speed and Barry Sanders-type feet. Also great hands and a great return man. If he was bigger, he would be one of the most recruited running backs in the country. Unfortunately, though, his size lowers his prospects. Hearing from Pittsburgh, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and West Virginia.

42. Deron Barrett (5-10, 180) Cheltenham HS, Wyncote- CB- Played safety and running back but projects as a cornerback. Excellent athlete that puts up big rushing numbers. Penn State, Syracuse, and Maryland are interested.

43. Marlon Bayard (5-7, 185) Wyoming Area HS, Exeter- RB, CB- Short but very fast and very strong. Also an excellent wrestler. Being looked at by Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech.

44. Frank Carduff (6-4, 280) Shenandoah Valley HS, Shenandoah- OG, OT- Versatile lineman with good size, speed, and versatility. Hearing from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Iowa, Michigan, and Maryland.

45. Donnell McKenzie (6-3, 220) Aliquippa HS, Aliquippa- OLB-Tough, athletic, and nasty. Makes a lot of big plays for the Class AA state champions. Getting a lot of interest from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and others.

46. Ryan Greiser (6-1, 215) Pennridge HS, Perkasie- FB, OLB- Very strong athlete, productive, and a 3.7 GPA. Interest coming from Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland.

47. Andrew McMillen (6-1, 240) North Allegheny HS, Wexford- FB, MLB- Hard hitter on defense but future probably lies at fullback. Very good 4.6 speed and runs like a man possessed. Boasts a 3.95 GPA and a 1220 on his SAT. Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, and Syracuse are among those that are interested.

48. John Bachman (6-4, 250) Moon Area HS, Moon- OT, OG- Very athletic, technically sound lineman but needs to get bigger and stronger. Will be very good when he fills out. Schools interested include Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

49. Adam Hearns (6-2, 185) North Penn HS, Lansdale- CB, FS, QB- Very athletic and successful quarterback. Team won the Quad A state championship in no small part to his 809 yards rushing, 1166 yards passing, and 25 total touchdowns.

50. Lamar McPhearson (5-10, 190) Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote- RB, CB- Very good athlete with excellent speed until a leg injury three games into his junior season curtailed his career. Now he is close to being back and is hearing from Penn State, Michigan State, Maryland, Virginia, Boston College, and Syracuse.

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