Football Recruiting Roundup
Harriton (Rosemont, Pa.) senior defensive lineman Callahan Bright was poised to be one of the most coveted recruits in the Class of 2005 this year.
After all, what's not to like about a 6-foot-4, 320-pounder who can not only bench press 385 pounds and squat 685 but who also has the athleticism to play lacrosse?
But Bright, who is rated the No. 2 defensive lineman and No. 19 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, has been kicked off Harriton's football team. However, contrary to reports, he was not expelled from school.
"He is not expelled from school," Harriton head coach Harold Smith told SchoolSports.com yesterday. "He is dismissed from the football team because he violated school rules. I'm still going to stick by him and make sure he makes all the right decisions. But as far as playing for the football team this year, that chapter is closed."
It remains to be seen what type of impact this will have on Bright's recruitment. He was considering such programs as Florida State, Purdue, Texas A&M, USC and West Virginia.
Stay tuned to SchoolSports.com for all the latest information.
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North Shore (Galena Park, Texas) senior tight end DajLeon Farr committed to LSU earlier this week over Miami, USC, Oklahoma and Texas.
The 6-foot-5, 237-pounder is rated the No. 1 tight end and No. 8 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. He has caught only two passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns through 11 games this fall, but he's been instrumental in run and pass blocking for North Shore, which has averaged 371.1 yards per game.
North Shore is 11-0 on the season and is ranked the No. 21 team in the country in the SchoolSports.com National Football Top 25. The Mustangs, who have won 26 consecutive games, will face Westfield (Houston, Texas) in the Class 5A Division I, Region III semifinals on Nov. 20. …
Say what you want about Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, but the man and his staff can still recruit.
After picking up five Top 100 recruits in the Class of 2004 — including linebacker Dan Connor, who is second on the team in tackles this year for the Big Ten's second-ranked defense — Paterno snagged a commitment earlier this week from one of the nation's top defenders in Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) senior defensive back Justin King.
King is rated the No. 1 defensive back and No. 9 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. He picked Penn State over Michigan.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder has rushed for 1,795 yards and 30 touchdowns this fall for Gateway, but he's considered a better cornerback prospect on the college level. Gateway will play nationally ranked Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game on Saturday.
King's stepfather is Gateway head coach Terry Smith, who was a wide receiver at Penn State from 1988-91.