Sneak Peek V

Our countdown of the top 25 junior prospects in Pennsylvania continues. In this installment of the series, we tackle prospects No. 5 through No. 1. There are two extra players in the top five because the ratings are just too close to call right now and we could not justify omitting the athletes in question.

5. (Tie) Athlete Da`Rel Scott, 6-1/175/4.38, Plymouth-Whitemarsh

Honors: 2004 Maxwell Football Club Award winner

Statistical Analysis: Ran for over 1,100 yards.

Scout.com Report: I would compare Scott to Knowledge Timmons, only Scott is probably a more polished football player at this point in his career. This kid can flat out fly. He runs a sub-11.5 100 meters, and a sub-22.0 200 meters. Scott needs to get physically bigger to be a college running back; he may project better as a wide receiver or cornerback. Scott has that oh-s; important factor college coaches crave: game-breaking speed.

The Skinny: Scott is being recruited by a myriad of Big East, Big Ten and ACC teams.

5. (Tie) Dorin Dickerson, 6-3/205.4.6, West Allegheny

Honors: First-team Associated Press All-State Class AAA, first-team All-Conference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL Class AAA, Tribune-Review All-WPIAL Class AAA, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22."

Statistical Analysis: Ran for 1,065 yards and 13 touchdowns on 133 carries. Caught 26 passes for 517 yards and eight touchdowns. Was also West Allegheny's leading tackler.

Scout.com Report: Dickerson gained 25 pounds of muscle between his sophomore and junior seasons. Dickerson is a tremendous athlete, he has exceptional vision and once he finds a seam he's gone. With terrific hands, he often splits out as a wide receiver. Dickerson will most likely project as a linebacker at the next level. With size 14.5 shoes, the odds are good that he is not done growing. Nephew of former Temple coach Ron Dickerson.

The Skinny: Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Purdue, Iowa, Michigan and Syracuse are among the schools showing serious interest in Dickerson. (Editor's note: Dickerson now has written offers from Pitt, North Carolina and Boston College, and a verbal offer from Penn State).

4. (Tie) RB/LB Jeremiha Hunter, 6-2/210/4.5, Manheim Central

Honors: Second-team Associated Press Class AAA All-State as a sophomore, first-team selection as a junior, first-team All-Conference selection.

Statistical Analysis: Ran for 1,022 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Scout.com Report: Similar to Dickerson, you could really see a physical difference from his sophomore season to his junior season. This kid has a tremendous ceiling and has the athletic potential to be as good as any LB in the country. Hunter has a nice blend of speed, quickness, instincts and intelligence. Defensively, he makes plays all over the field.

The Skinny: Is rumored to have several scholarship offers. Schools recruiting him are Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Connecticut, Florida and Georgia. (Editor's note: Hunter now has more than 15 written offers, including Penn State, Pitt, Michigan, Iowa and West Virginia).

4. (Tie) QB Pat Devlin, 6-4/205/4.7, Downingtown East

Honors: First-team Associated Press Class AAAA All-State, first-team All-Chester-Montgomery County.

Statistical Analysis: Passed for 2,913 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. Completed 147 of 231 passes for 2,237 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior.

Scout.com Report: You could go either way between Devlin and Mechanicsburg QB Zach Frazer as to who is the top QB in the state next year. Devlin has a nice touch on his passes. He has a live arm, annd his drops and mechanics are perfect. You can tell he is well coached. He is very mobile and has great pocket presence.

The Skinny: Has been receiving interest from Florida State, Miami, Virginia, Boston College, Penn State, Indiana, and Wisconsin. (Editor's note: Devlin now has written offers from Rutgers, Virginia and Maryland).

3. QB Zach Frazer, 6-4/217/4.8, Mechanicsburg

Honors: Associated Press Class AAA Player Of The Year, Mid-Penn Keystone Conference MVP, first-team Associated Press Class AAA All-State. Broke a state record for passing yardage in a season.

Statistical Analysis: Completed 262 of 405 passes for 3,674 yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions

Scout.com Report: Frazer and Devlin are so close it's almost a coin flip. Frazer has a cannon, yet he has an amazing touch on the deep ball. He can throw the short to intermediate routes as well. He ran a 4.8 at the Nike Combine, but after watching tape on Frazer you can tell he is not slow, he has football speed. For being as big and as strong as he is (330 LB bench max) he is remarkably agile. When watching his film, you never saw less then five defensive backs playing against him and he still threaded the needle almost every time. Most of Frazer's incompletions were a result of his receivers dropping passes that were almost too hard.

The Skinny: Is receiving interest from Michigan, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Purdue.

2. CB/WR Darrin Walls, 6-1/185/4.4, Woodland Hills

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

Statistical Analysis: Walls had more than 500 yards rushing, more than 500 yards receiving and scored double-digit touchdowns.

Scout.com Report: Want to see the next Steve Breaston or Ryan Mundy to come from Woodland Hills? Here he is. Walls may end up as the better overall prospect. He can play man to man as well as most college DBs. He is physical, comes up well in run support, he has tremendous hips. Walls could play WR or DB in college; he is equally effective at either position. His ability with the ball in open space, which is very similar to Breaston's, really stands out.

The Skinny: Has offers from Louisville and Pittsburgh, and is being recruited by Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia, Purdue and West Virginia.

1. RB LeSean McCoy, 5-11/215/4.4, Bishop McDevitt

Honors: Associated Press Class AAAA Player Of The Year, first-team Associated Press Class AAAA All-State, Mid-Penn Commonwealth Conference MVP.

Statistical Analysis: As a sophomore, he ran for 2,561 yards and 28 touchdowns. As a junior, McCoy ran for 2,828 yards and 33 touchdowns. Could make a run at James Mungro's state rushing record.

Scout.com Report: McCoy should get consideration as the top RB in the country next season. There's nothing bad that you can say about "Shady." He runs with speed, power and balance. He can cut on a dime. He catches the ball, he can pass block. He has amazing vision, he can see a hole develop cut back and he is gone. He is a difference-maker and a potential franchise type player.

The Skinny: Reportedly has over 20 offers already. Being recruited by Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia, Miami, Purdue, Iowa and Wisconsin, just to name a few.

BOB LICHTENFELS' TOP 25 PA. JUNIORS

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