Sneak Peek III

Our countdown of the top 25 junior prospects in Pennsylvania continues. In this installment of the series, we tackle prospects No. 15 through No. 11.

15. WR/S Ashton Cobb, 6-0/195/4.59, Center

Honors: First-team All-Midwestern Athletic Conference, Tribune-Review All-WPIAL Class A and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL Class A.

Statistical Analysis: Had 92 carries for 600 yards and six touchdowns. Cobb also had two receiving touchdowns. Report: Cobb is one of the most impressive juniors I have seen on tape. He is very physical and has tremendous instincts. He is a tremendous athlete who plays RB/FB/WR/S/P. In Class A ball, you have to get the most out of your star athletes and that is what Cobb is. He will most likely project as a safety at the next level.

The Skinny: Has taken in games at Penn State and Syracuse. He is also hearing from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Iowa and Purdue.

14. QB Jeremy Ricker, 6-1/195/4.6, Bishop McDevitt

Honors: Earned second-team Associated Press Class AAAA All-State honors as a sophomore.

Statistical Analysis: As a junior he completed more than 50 percent of his passes and threw for 1,787 yards. During his sophomore campaign he completed 89 of 178 passes for 1,565 yards, 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Report: During a normal season, Ricker would probably grade out higher. But the Class of 2006 is absolutely loaded with blue-chip QBs. Ricker is a very mobile QB who reminds some of a right-handed Tyler Palko . He doesn’t possess a cannon for an arm, but is fairly accurate.

The Skinny: Has a written offer from Maryland. He is getting mail from USC, Texas, Miami, Virginia and UCLA.

13. LB/RB Nate Nix, 6-3/205/4.6, Thomas Jefferson

Honors: First-team Associated Press Class AAA All-State, first-team All-Big Seven Conference, first-team Tribune-Review All-WPIAL Class AAA, first-team Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL Class AAA, Tribune-Review “Terrific 25,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22” South.

Statistical Analysis: Nix registered 125 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He carried 169 times for 868 yards and four touchdowns. Report: Nix is a warrior. During a normal year he would be rated higher, but there is so much depth in Pennsylvania next season. Nix has outstanding lateral quickness, he is tremendous in pursuit. He is likely the best pass-coverage LB in the state. I believe if he adds 15-20 pounds he will be an outstanding college linebacker.

The Skinny: Nix is receiving interest from Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Iowa, Purdue and Syracuse. He has an offer from the Panthers.

12. LB/FB Dan Loheyde, 6-2/220/4.7, Gateway

Honors: First-team All-Conference Quad Southwest, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL Class AAAA, Tribune-Review All-WPIAL Class AAAA.

Statistical Analysis: Loheyde made 130 tackles on defense and was the lead blocker for Justin King on offense. Report: Loheyde is a bull, plain and simple. He is very physical and will blow up inside running plays. Has very good football speed. Very verbal, and shows tremendous leadership ability. Overall a very cerebral football player, he always puts himself into position to make plays.

The Skinny: Penn State is pursuing him very hard. Also hearing from Pittsburgh, Iowa, Purdue, Syracuse, West Virginia and Connecticut. Pitt has made an offer.

11. LB Greg Webster, 6-2/225/4.5, Woodland Hills

Honors: First-team All-Quad East Conference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22” East.

Statistical Analysis: Webster was the leading tackler on a young Wolverine defense. Older brother Jamal played at Maryland. Report: Possibly the most physically impressive prospect in the state. To put it bluntly, Webster is a grown man playing among boys. During the University of Pittsburgh seven on seven team tournament, Webster had everyone’s eyes on him just admiring his build; he literally looked like a kid who had been in a college strength and conditioning program already. Webster is just scratching the surface of his ability. He improved with each game he has the size and speed to play inside or outside.

The Skinny: He has been the apple of many Pittsburgh coach’s eyes. Has also been pursued by Michigan, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana, West Virginia, Connecticut and Syracuse. Pitt has made an offer.


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