Sneak Peek

Let's take a look at a few of the top prospects coming out of the Keystone State next year. This will be the first of a five-part series. This week we will profile five players per day, starting with No. 25 and working our way to the top junior prospect in the state.


25. QB/Athlete Clem Johnson, 5-11/182/4.5, Carlisle

Honors: First-team All-Mid Penn.

Statistical Analysis: Threw for 1,318 yards last season. Johnson likely won't play QB in college full-time. He is a tremendous athlete who could develop into a fine DB or WR. May be able to play an Antwaan Randle-El type of athlete role. Report: Could possibly be one of the top athletes in the state, possesses great field vision, shake-and-bake and cutback ability. Johnson makes enough plays as a QB in high school but his limited height will likely keep him from being a QB at a major D-IA school.

The Skinny: Johnson will be under the radar until he hits the combine circuit in the spring.

24. LB Nate Williams, 6-2/220/4.7, Pittsburgh Central Catholic

Honors: First-team Associated Press Class AAAA All-State, first-team All-WPIAL Quad East, Tribune-ReviewAll-Class AAAA, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first-team All-Class AAAA.

Statistical Analysis: Williams was one of the leading tacklers on a very deep PIAA Class AAAA state championship team. He also filled in at RB when Eugene Jarvis was injured. Williams ran for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns in a comeback victory over Woodland Hills at the Wolvarena. Report: On any other team, Williams would stand out a lot more. Due to the unmatched depth at Central Catholic he is one of many fine players. Williams has an impressive frame, he possesses good lateral movement, and became more and more physical as his junior season progressed. After a solid off-season in the weight room, Williams will be a very highly regarded prospect.

The Skinny: Williams is being pursued heavily by West Virginia. He has also been gaining interest from Pittsburgh and Penn State.

23. LB Greg Robinson, 6-2/205/4.5, Scotland School

Honors: Second-team Mid-Penn Colonial Conference.

Statistical Analysis: Robinson played QB/RB/LB/DE, so he did not compile impressive statistics at any one spot. Report: Robinson is a very versatile and athletic prospect. He played a wide variety of positions, but is projected as a LB at the next level. Possesses good lateral movement and tremendous closing speed. Needs to add some weight to his impressive frame.

The Skinny: Robinson has received the most interest from Big Ten teams such as Wisconsin, where teammate Jarmal Ruffin has committed.

22. LB Archie Donald, 6-2/220/4.7, Penn Hills

Honors: First-team All-WPIAL Quad East, Tribune-Reviewfirst-team All-Class AAAA and first-team Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAll-Class AAAA.

Statistical Analysis: Donald had over 100 tackles last season. He was the Indians' leader on defense. Report: Donald may be the most physical LB in the WPIAL. He is definitely not afraid to initiate contact. Big and physical kid who is a run-stuffer, needs to develop into a better overall LB. Covering passes in the hook zone in one area he needs to improve on. All of his weaknesses are correctable, and he has tremendous upside.

The Skinny: Has received attention from a myriad of Big Ten and Big East schools.

21. QB Desmond Brentley, 6-2/215/4.6, Perry Traditional Academy

Honors: First-team Associated Press Class AAA All-State, first-team All-City League, City League Offensive MVP and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22."

Statistical Analysis: Brentley completed 147 of 236 pass attempts for 2,117 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. Report: Brentley is considered to be a more polished QB then Rod Rutherford was coming out of high school. After watching Brentley at the University of Pittsburgh Seven on Seven team camp, I came away very impressed. He plays with a tremendous will to win. He is a big, physical kid who stands in the pocket, but has the mobility to elude the rush. The class of 2006 is loaded at QB, and Brentley will hold his own against any of them.

The Skinny: Brentley is still flying under the radar, he is hearing from small schools such as Morgan State. Brentley is hopeful that Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia and Syracuse come calling.


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