Scout Penn Preps will be releasing its 1st Annual Preseason Pennsylvania All-State Football Team on August 14th. In the meantime, we’ll talk about the players that made the teams and where they were placed (first or second team). Today, we'll talk about the defensive backs that were selected.
Charlie Katshir has been the most productive safety in the past two years. Katshir caught ten interceptions in 2015 and has seventeen total during his first two years of playing high school football. Katshir also collected 73 tackles (39 solo) and has two offers from Penn State and Virginia.
Collin Smith gave a verbal commitment to West Virginia on June 14th of this year. Smith made 74 tackles (54 solo) and picked off three passes during the 2015 season. Below is analysis from Scout National Analyst Brian Dohn.
"Playing strong safety suits him best because he possesses the downhill mentality with a good burst to fill run gaps, especially between the hash marks. He needs to show he has the speed to get to the edge and make the play against Big 12 competition. Smith, who also plays quarterback in high school, reads plays well in front of him and he breaks on the ball nicely. He needs to continue to improve his footwork so he can change direction and be successful in man coverage."
Exree Loe was a dual-threat on both sides of the ball. Loe made 46 tackles (28 solo) and intercepted one pass. The one interception is due to opponents being smart enough not to throw to Loe's side of the ball. Loe has narrowed down his college choices to West Virginia and Maryland. Below is analysis from Scout National Analyst Brian Dohn.
"Loe is a solid, fundamentally sound and knows how to compete. He breaks on the ball well and he has the ability to close. He can play either safety and cornerback. He is physical in the running game and can shed blocks. Loe needs to clean up his ability to stay tight on a receivers hip coming out of breaks. He has good speed and drives well on the ball in front of him, and he is physical at the line of scrimmage. He needs to get a little lower in his backpedal and that will help with more explosion. His footwork is an asset."
Kenny Bennett and his recruitment heated up within the past couple of months. Bennett's top five includes UMass, Pitt, Maryland, Temple and Virginia Tech.
If it seems like Lamont Wade has been around forever, trust me, you aren't the only one who feels that way. Wade has been a star for Clairton ever since his freshman year. Wade's top eight include Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, Mississippi State and UCLA.
Paris Ford made 88 tackles (24 tackles for a loss), forced three fumbles, and returned two of his five total interceptions for touchdowns during the 2015 season. Ford committed to Pitt on 10/16/2015. Below is analysis from Scout National Analyst Brian Dohn.
"He is physical and a big hitter, has the ability to run and cover and is effective moving toward the line of scrimmage. He has good ball skills and the athleticism to change direction and close quickly. He needs to get stronger, but that is something that will happen in time."
Teddy Wright made 89 tackles (59 solo) and intercepted six passes during the 2015 season. Wright currently does not have any offers.