PA DL Is Elite

The Elite College Combine is known for getting the top prospects to not only attend, but to participate in at least some of the events. One of the top defensive line prospects in the North East, Tom McEowen, from Neshaminy High School in Pennsylvania, put on quite a show by displaying his vast versatility and outstanding athletic ability.

Tom McEowen is a 6-foot-4 and 280-pound prospect from Neshaminy HS, PA.  During his junior year, McEowen totaled 89 tackles, 15 of which were for loss.  In addition, he accumulated 5 sacks and forced 2 fumbles.  All this while opposing defenses attempted to keep McEowen in check by double teaming him a significant portion of the time.

McEowen came into the Elite College Combine holding five written offers, from Rutgers, Northwestern, Boston College, Maryland and Penn State.  However, after quite the display of athleticism from the defensive line prospect, several schools have dropped by Neshaminy HS and verbally offered. 

Most recently Minnesota became the sixth school to extend a written scholarship offer.

At 6-foot-4 and 280-pounds, possessing a significant size advantage over many of his defenders, one was eager to see the display of strength from the PA standout.  However, those hoping to see McEowen's raw power were instead left applauding McEowen's all-around game.

Time and time again the Neshaminy lineman lined up across what seemed to be a smaller but faster offensive lineman.  He would take a quick step and with his body low to the ground and fully balanced, in a split second, find himself in the offensive backfield.  A total of three or four steps is all it would take.  But the devastating move was more often than not made during the first step. 

The rare occasion that an offensive lineman managed to grab hold of McEowen, the Neshaminy lineman displayed his great footwork, by anticipating, planting and spinning directly away from his defender.

"I was just trying to show everybody something else, some other part of my game, my quickness," stated McEowen.

And that he did.

The Elite College Combine behind him, McEowen will head back to Neshaminy HS to work out with his teammates.  Any more Combines in his immediate future?

"As a team, we're going up to one in Valley Forge later this month."  McEowen also attended this Combine last year where college coaches may have first caught wind of the young man's superior speed.  At the F&B Valley Forge Combine last year, McEowen clocked in at 4.34-seconds in the shuttle.

Rutgers was McEowen's first scholarship offer, having arrived in the mail this past January.  However, given a junior year filled with highlights, several schools have taken notice, and have tendered offers.  We asked McEowen to tell us a bit about each of the first five schools that have extended a written offer so far.

Rutgers:  I love the coaches at Rutgers.  I have a really good relationship with them - they're all great people.  And the facilities are awesome.

Boston College:  They just sound nice.  And they like me to play defensive end.

Penn State:  I really like the coaches and I like the campus a lot.

Maryland: I really like the defensive line coach, Coach Sollazzo.  I like the way he coaches and I liked the campus when I went there.

Northwestern: I don't know too much about them.  I need to learn more about them.

McEowen, who projects as one of the top DL prospects in the entire state of Pennsylvania and the North East, remains wide open at this time. 


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