First FL, Now Eastern PA

While one recruiting season has just about come to a fitting end, another is just around the corner. Rutgers, which just staged its "Junior Day" this weekend, extended invitations to a number of the top flight New Jersey prospects. However, one of the prospects on hand is a premiere PA DL standout. Recruiting the Keystone State may be coming into fashion for the Scarlet Knights. Below we detail some of the top-tier PA prospects RU is currently pursuing. analyst Bob Lichtenfels has issued a preliminary PA Top 25 juniors in the Keystone State. A number of these standouts, perhaps setting a recent trend are early targets of Rutgers. These prospects, including their lates offer sheet, are profiled below.

No 10. (Tie) DL/OL Tom McEowen, 6-4/269/5.12, Neshaminy

Honors: First-team All-League as a sophomore/junior, Courier-Times Golden first-team, SE PA SOL Golden 11 Juniors.

Statistical Analysis: 89 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, five sacks and two forced fumbles. Report: If there's a kid with a better work ethic than McEowen, I'd like to see him. He dedicated himself to the game and to making himself better; he gained 40 pounds in a little over a year. Neshaminy coach Mark Schmidt calls him a perfectionist. Lineman depth is lacking in the class of 2006, and McEowen could end up at the top of the class. McEowen ran a 5.12 and an amazing 4.34 shuttle at the F&B Combine last spring.

The Skinny: McEowen received his first official offer recently from Rutgers. He is also hearing from Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Penn State, Duke, Miami and Florida.

No 7. WR/DB John Maddox, 6-4/195/4.5, West Philadelphia Catholic

Honors: First-team All-Catholic Blue Division offense and defense, first-team All-City DB by the Philadelphia Daily News.

Statistical Analysis: Had 690 yards receiving as a sophomore. As a junior, Maddox caught 24 passes for 504 yards and eight touchdowns. Maddox also intercepted nine passes. Report: Potentially the best receiver in the state. Great combination of size and speed. Has outstanding body control and strong hands. West Catholic coach Brian Fluck says, "John is an outstanding football player, but an even better young man,"

The Skinny: According to Fluck, Maddox has offers from Rutgers, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Maddox will have several offers before the summer camps roll around.

No 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. 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).

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