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First Offer In Hand
by Bob Lichtenfels of

Nate Nix Profile

According to Thomas Jefferson (Pa.) Head Coach Bill Cherpak, his standout junior linebacker Nate Nix, 6-3 and 205 pounds, has received his first written scholarship offer.

"Pittsburgh has officially offered Nate," Cherpak said.

"He has been hearing from most of the Big East and Big Ten teams."

Nix registered 125 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He carried 169 times for 868 yards and four touchdowns.

He earned 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.

Nix will attend junior day at Pittsburgh (2/26). Report: Nix is a warrior. 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.

All-State selection as a junior
by Chris Pool of

Jason Onyebuagu Profile

Jason Onyebuagu, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound, offensive lineman, from Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central will be one of the most sought after prospects in the Midwest.

This big Nigerian will be a three-year starter in 2005. Onyebuagu was named all-state on last year's state championship squad at Warren Central.

"Jason is quite an athlete," said Kevin Wright, head football coach at Warren Central.

"Jason is big, strong and athletic. He can stand under the basketball hoop, jump up and grab the rim with both hands.

"What I think the college recruiters will like is that Jason is versatile. He could play center, guard or defensive tackle in college.

"Jason started for us at center when he was a sophomore but we moved him to guard as a junior. Depending on what type of defensive front that we were seeing, we'd have Jason play center as well last year."

Coach Wright told that Jason was receiving early interest from Illinois, Notre Dame, Boston College, Iowa, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.

ScoutTV: Burst of Speed
by Miller Safrit of

Ashton Cobb Profile

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Three More Offers
by Bob Lichtenfels

Jeff Minemyer Profile

Cambria County (Pa.) is not usually considered a fertile recruiting territory. Three athletes signed with D-1A teams this year LaRod Stephens of Greater Johnstown, and the Bishop McCort duo of Jose Cruz, and Shawn Lewis. It appears as though the county will be represented again on signing day 2006.

Ebensburg (Pa.) Bishop Carroll tight end/defensive end Jeff Minemyer, 6-7, and 237 pounds, has had a busy week collecting offers.

"This week I got offers from Indiana, Georgia Tech, and Louisville," Minemyer said.

Minemyer is planning on attending two junior day events over the upcoming weekend.

"I'm going to Pittsburgh and Maryland this weekend," Minemyer said.

Minemyer had been offered previously by Rutgers and Illinois.

Focus '06: Lebanon OT/DE
by Bob Lichtenfels of

Jared Odrick Profile

One of the top lineman in the Northeast Region this season is Lebanon (Pa.) offensive tackle/defensive end Jared Odrick, 6-6 and 285 pounds. He has received offers from Penn State, Virginia, Iowa, Connecticut, and Maryland. Odrick attended junior day programs at Penn State a few weeks ago, and at Virginia (2/19).

"I really liked the campus, I really like Coach Johnson; I've been to Penn State a few times." Odrick said.

"I really liked Virginia, they have a real family atmosphere down there," Odrick said. "I just felt really comfortable there. They want me to play defensive end and I like that."

Odrick began receiving offers midway into his junior season. Iowa and Connecticut were his first two and he remembers them well.

"I sent my first tape to Iowa and they offered," Odrick said "Connecticut offered shortly after the first few games of last season."

Because Odrick is blessed with size, speed, and athleticism, he has his choice of schools lining up for his services. Virginia, Penn State, Iowa, Connecticut, and Maryland have all offered in writing. Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Michigan, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Michigan State, Indiana, Notre Dame, Miami, and Vanderbilt are all showing interest.

"I've been to games at Maryland, Virginia, Penn State, and Pittsburgh," Odrick said. "I'm hoping to go on a Midwest tour this year and visit Michigan, Iowa, Notre Dame, and possibly Michigan State and Indiana. I might do a southern trip as well to visit Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, and maybe Miami."

Last season at offensive tackle Odrick did not allow a single sack. On defense he registered 90 tackles, and 9 sacks. He earned 2nd team Associated Press All-State honors, as a sophomore he earned 3rd team All-State honors. Odrick has been selected as a 1st team All-County selection three consecutive years.

One Of The Nation's Best
by Bob Lichtenfels of

Vidal Hazelton Profile

The offer's continue to pour in for Staten Island (N.Y.) Moore Catholic wide receiver Vidal Hazelton. Hazelton's most recent written offer came from the University of Pittsburgh.

"Getting an offer from Pittsburgh made me open my eyes even more," Hazelton said. "They sent an offer to the house today."

Hazelton (6-3, 195, 4.5) may turn out to be the top prospect in New York this season. He has already garnered written offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers, and Marshall.

"I'm interested in the school's that have offered me," Hazelton said. "I'm not going to be all interested in someone, when they aren't showing me any."

Versatility is the key component to Hazelton's game. He plays wide receiver, defensive back, he returns kickoff's and punts, and he even handles his teams placekicking chores. During his junior Hazelton caught 39 passes for 780 yards, and 17 touchdowns. He intercepted four passes and returned two of them for scores. Hazelton also returned one kickoff for a touchdown. As a reward for his dominance Hazelton was awarded All-Area status.

"Most of the time I am getting double covered, so it opens up my teammates," Hazelton said. "If you try and cover me one on one then you gonna have problems. I have outstanding leaping ability, most of the time you throw it up and I'm going to go up and get it. I feel that I have good game speed as well."

Top QB enjoys Uva Junior Day
by Joel FitzPatrick of

Pat Devlin Profile

With good size (6'3", 193 lbs.) and a strong arm, as displayed by his 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior, Downington, Pa. quarterback Pat Devlin is finding himself on the want list of a lot of major Division I programs.

Among the schools recruiting Devlin are Virginia, Florida State, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers.

Virginia, is one of the four to have already offered, and Devlin showed a mutual interest when he attended Junior Day last weekend.

"I love Virginia," Devlin said. "I thought Junior Day went great. I really enjoyed touring the campus and going to the basketball game."

With offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers also on the table, Devlin is keeping his options open and doesn't have a favorite yet. Devlin said his hard work is his biggest attribute, but feels he can get better.

"There is always room to improve in every area," Devlin said. "I would say the things I need to work the most on are my foot speed and arm strength."

St. Augustine's Two-Way Star
by Mike Bakas of

Quinton Hancock Profile

St. Augustine High has had its share of talented players come through in recent years. Two-way standout Quinton Hancock appears to lead the way this year. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Hancock emerged as a big time playmaker as a junior last season. He finished the season with 30 receptions for 410 yards and four scores. While playing safety, he had four interceptions and returned one of them for a score.

"I just have the ability to go get the ball on whatever side of the ball I'm on," Hancock said. "I think I can do that better than most players."

Hancock, who also runs track and already has a passing SAT score (850), will soon be a four-year varsity starter. A lot of college programs have caught notice. "Right now, I like Florida, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, and South Carolina. I dont have any offers yet and I'll see what kind of action I get this spring before I get serious about my favorites."

Hancock plans on attending the MSL Combine at the University of Florida on April 23.

ScoutTV: QB Among The Elite
by Miller Safrit of

Pat Devlin Profile

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Focus '06: Quaker Valley QB
by Bob Lichtenfels of

Darren Rogers Profile

If you read into statistics then Leetsdale (Pa.) Quaker Valley quarterback Darren Rogers may not appear to be a prototype D-1 prospect. Now if you take into account the fact that he is part of a team that has accumulated a 22-game losing streak. You may begin to rethink your opinion. At 6-0 and 175 pounds, Darren Rogers possesses the skills necessary to be a D-1 quarterback, but his size may scare some suitors away. Rogers is versatile and can play a number of positions, his versatility, as an athlete is what will likely land him a college scholarship.

"I like playing quarterback, but I'll do whatever it takes," Rogers said. "Penn State, like many others like me as a DB/WR type of player."

Penn State is one of several teams currently courting Rogers. Pittsburgh, Boston College, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Stanford, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Kentucky have all been showing similar interest. Rogers' basketball prowess has kept him from attending any junior day events.

"We are (25-1) and still in the playoffs, we should go pretty far," Rogers said. "I'll probably try to make some trips after basketball, and before track."

Rogers is currently working out twice a month with former University Pittsburgh and NFL quarterback Pete Gonzalez. Gonzalez works out 5-6 young quarterbacks at either the Panthers UPMC practice facility or Moon high school. It is Gonzalez' familiarity with the West Coast offense that also attracts Rogers to Stanford.

"I like the West Coast offense, I like the checks and the way's you can change what's happening," Rogers said "Walt Harris coached Pete, and he's at Stanford now."

As a junior, Rogers threw for 366 yards and one touchdown. On defense he led his team in tackles, had two interceptions, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. He earned honorable mention all-conference honors, and PA Football News honorable mention all-state honors.

Rogers participated in the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio, Texas. This year he will attend an Elite 11 Regional tryout, the Nike Combine at Penn State, and the Metro-Index camp in Pittsburgh.

Rogers is currently favoring Penn State over Stanford, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Boston College, and Northwestern.

OH QB Listing Hoos
by Jeff Greene of

Miles Schlichter Profile

The Virginia coaching staff continues to look at the quarterback position for the 2006 class. Washington, OH Miami Trace quarterback Miles Schlichter has the Hoos on his favorites list early in the recruiting game.

The 6'1, 195 pounder threw for over 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior with only 4 interceptions. He also rushed for another 654 yards and 4 more touchdowns. Schlichter's team finished 10-1 and he was the Division III All-Ohio First Team Quarterback.

"I like Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Iowa, and Alabama," said Schlichter. "I'm looking for a good program, coaches, and team. A nice campus and surrounding area are important too along with a good atmosphere and good education."

Schlichter knows what he brings to the table on the football field.

"I make good decisions and have good field vision," he said. "I am a great leader and competitor; I run well and can throw well on the run."

What does the quarterback like about Virginia?

"They have great school tradition and a nice campus. The also have a great stadium, fans, and atmosphere, with a good team and good coaches."

Schlichter will attend Junior Day at Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan, and Notre Dame. He does not have any official offers at this time.

A fan of Ohio State but...
by Chris Pool of

Ryan Palmer Profile

It looks like it's going to be another solid year for offensive lineman in the Buckeye State. Ryan Palmer, from Canton (Glen Oak) is 6-foot-7, 280-pounds and he played guard last year. Palmer received all-league honors as a junior and says he's being recruited as both a guard and tackle. Does he have any scholarship offers? Who are Ryan's early favorites? Take a look.

"I don't have any scholarship offers right now," said Ryan Palmer.

"I'm getting a lot of personal mail from Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse, Purdue and Pittsburgh.

"My favorites are Pittsburgh, Boston College, Ohio State, Michigan, Syracuse, Purdue and Duke.

Junior days across the nation are in full swing and the Palmer's have already been to a few schools for unofficial visits.

"I've been to Pittsburgh and Ohio State already," Palmer said. "I'm going to be at Michigan this weekend and I'll be at Purdue next Saturday.

"I've always been a fan of Ohio State but right now that doesn't matter. I'm completely open to everyone. I just want to play some football."

Palmer had 40 pancake blocks in 2004. He was named all-league, all-county and all-district. Ryan told that in addition to playing guard as a senior, he'll also line up at a defensive end position for Glen Oak.

Palmer says he'll camp at his top five schools this summer. He also letters in both track and basketball. Ryan carries a 3.3 GPA in the classroom and he's waiting on his ACT score.

Focus '06: Bishop Carroll DE
by Bob Lichtenfels of

Jeff Minemyer Profile

Size and athleticism are two very important traits in the recruiting industry. Ebensburg (Pa.) Bishop Carroll defensive end/tight end Jeff Minemyer at 6-7 and 235 pounds, possesses both. Minemyer recently received his second written offer. Rutgers became the second school to offer, and Illinois was the first.

"Coach Ron Zook called the school on signing day and said they would like to offer me a scholarship," Minemyer said. "I was surprised, I was shaking and I was so nervous."

The attention hasn't caught him totally by surprise.

"I kind of felt there would be some interest because of my size and grades," Minemyer said. Minemyer carries a 4.0 GPA and will be taking the SAT on March, 12.

Minemyer Caught 6 passes for 86 yards, and 1 touchdown on offense. On defense he registered 55 tackles, 2 sacks, and 6 tackles for loss. For his efforts he was named Honorable Mention PA Football News all-state Class A,Tribune-Democrat second team all-area, and Altoona Mirror honorable mention all-area.

Minemyer attended a junior day at Virginia (2/12), he is planning on attending junior days at Pittsburgh (2/26) and Maryland (2/27). "Virginia was nice, I had a real good time," Minemyer said. "We spent the night down there, so I'm sure I got to see more than most."

PA Athlete Adds New Offer
by Bob Lichtenfels of

Dorin Dickerson Profile

Several school's are beginning to see the athleticism of Imperial (Pa.)West Allegheny running back/linebacker Dorin Dickerson, 6-2 and 205 pounds. Dickerson is intriguing because of his ability to play a multitude of different positions.

"Purdue offered me today," Dickerson said.

Dickerson also has received offers from Pittsburgh, Michigan, North Carolina, and Boston College.

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