A-K Recruiting wraps up first showcase

In 1999, former Valley High School star RB Les Kemp had a dream. Today his dream is a reality as he runs his own combine and has helped numerous young men earn college scholarships in the process. The camp director is Keino Fitzpatrick who, along with his brother Jeff, also runs the PST speed training school. Keino is actively training the Pittsburgh Central Catholic football team, while Jeff works with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Numerous local high school coaches (Duquesne, Riverview, and others schools) came to the camp to assist Les and the Fitzpatrick brothers. Other volunteers on hand included some former campers who have or are preparing to start their college careers, including Bowling Green red shirt freshman WR Greg Hutcherson (a graduate of Kiski Area high school), Ohio State incoming WR recruit and former Woodland Hills star Devon Lyons, and Akron recruit FB Joe McDaniel (also a product of Woodland Hills).

During the two-day session, the players were put to the test on various combine drills including bench press repetitions of 185 lbs., standing broad jump, 20-yard shuttle run, and the forty-yard dash. After the combine, testing the players went into position specific drills led by the coaches. The camp was dominated by younger players who will be the future of the WPIAL Conference for the next few years including freshman phenom WR Toney Clemons, who measured in at 6-3, 175, ran a 4.4, broad jumped 9'-3", and made circus catch after circus catch. Clemons is mature beyond his years, as he will tell you he works at McDonalds in his spare time to keep him off the streets and out of trouble.

QB Darren Rodgers (6-0, 173) from Quaker Valley, fresh of a trip to the Elite 11 QB tryouts in Atlanta, made his presents felt at the camp. He ran a 4.57 forty, 4.38 shuttle, and broad jumped 8'-3". He was the only QB to attempt the bench and managed 5 reps. During the drill work he displayed a very strong arm for his age, showed nice touch on the deep to intermediate range passes, and the most impressive part is the way he carries himself with so much calmness, nothing seems to rattle him.

RB Marcel Farrish (5-6, 165) of Woodland Hills ran a 4.49 forty and an amazing 4.06 shuttle. During the drill, work Marcel demonstrated lightning quick feet and breakaway speed. After watching the freshman, it's not hard to see why the folks at Woodland Hills are so excited about him.

Kiski Area QB sophomore Mychal Skinner ran a 4.48 forty and broad jumped 8'-11". He measured in at 6-3, 200. After watching him throw, it's easy to see why Pittsburgh and the coaching staff love this kid.

Shadyside Academy OL Grant Hrabovsky had the best workout of any of the lineman at 6-4, 302. He ran a 5.3 forty and pushed out 23 reps of 185.

The fastest player on hand was Sharon sophomore QB Mike Snyderwine (5-10.5, 160), who ran a 4.26 forty and a 4.11 shuttle.

Sophomore Mack Stotts of Shaler (5-10, 180) ran a 4.5 forty, did 14 reps, and broad jumped 9'-2". During the drills, the LB displayed talent similar to watching a South Florida LB in action.

Opponents of Woodland Hills may have gotten rid of Devon Lyons, but his little brother is coming up through the ranks, Wesley Lyons (6-5, 190). He has all the makings of a potentially dangerous offensive weapon and a frame that with some strength development could lead to big things.

Duquesne RB Shane Brooks worked out at A-K he ran a 4.52. Shane also attended the Nike Combine at Penn State Saturday, which is one reason a lot of the bigger names didn't attend the first weekend but will be on hand May 21st and 22nd for the 2nd session.

Two juniors who have stayed under most college radars had fine workouts, as well. Pittsburgh Central Catholic LB Dion Germany (6-0.5, 195) ran a 4.5 forty, 4.3 shuttle, and did 13 reps on the bench. Deer Lakes FB/LB Mike LaTronica (6-1, 190) ran a 4.7 forty, 4.3 shuttle and did 14 reps on the bench.

On Saturday, CB and future star Darrin Walls (5-10, 170) of Woodland Hills attended and promptly ran a 4.3 forty, showing why he is being heralded as the next big thing to come out of Woodland Hills.

The 2nd session of the A-K recruiting showcase will be May 21st and 22nd at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena in Cheswick, PA. The camp is open to players entering grades 9-12 (next football season). The sessions will take place from 5:30 PM –8:00 PM. For more information, contact Les Kemp at (724)-826-1331 or register at www.akrecruiting.com. The Pitt Insiders will be on hand again this weekend to provide our readers with coverage of session two.

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