Preseason Laschout PA top 25

The PA Class of 2009 is one that that isn't high on star power but has a bunch of solid mid level talents that will end up contributing at Division 1 programs.  Outside of Eric Shrive and maybe Dorian Bell there aren't any college superstars in the state.  But there are a number of players who will most certainly contribute mightily to their teams success.  Without further ado here is the Preseason Laschout PA Top 25...

1)  Eric Shrive- Scranton, Pa. (West Scranton HS) 6-7, 285 OL [Penn State verbal]
The states top player has all the attributes necessary to be a stud LT at the next level.

Dorian Bell- Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway HS) 6-0, 226 LB [Ohio State verbal]
A tad overrated by the gurus in our eyes but still is a high end prospect who will be a multi year starter for the Buckeyes.

Je’Ron Stokes- Philadelphia, Pa. (Northeast HS) 6-1, 178 WR [Tennessee verbal]
States top WR is productive but also is overrated somewhat in our view.  Will be a solid #2 or #3 WR for Tennessee.

Dan Mason- Pittsburgh, Pa. (Penn Hills HS) 6-0, 220 LB
The Pitt lean is a stud in the middle and brings it on every play.  He may deserve to be rated even higher.

Todd Thomas- Beaver Falls, Pa. (Beaver Falls HS) 6-3, 195 WR
Fantastic all around athlete who is just scratching the surface.  If grades are in order he will be an impact player offensively.

Tom Savage- Philadelphia, Pa. (Cardinal O’Hara HS) 6-4, 217 QB [Rutgers verbal]
Physically is an Anthony Morelli clone.  Does he have the mental makeup that Morelli lacked to be a top QB?

Tyrone Ezell- Munhall, Pa. (Steel Valley HS) 6-5, 255 DT [Pitt verbal]
Tough and nasty DE who could slide inside at the next level.  Recently committed to Pitt.

Jordan Hall- Jeannette, Pa. (Jeannette HS) 5-9, 180 RB [Ohio State verbal]
Terrelle Pryor's sidekick can do it all and does it all well.  Look for him to line up in the slot for the Buckeyes.

Mark Arcidiacono- Philadelphia, Pa. (St. Joseph’s Prep) 6-4, 289 OL [Penn State verbal]
The future Nittany Lion is a lunchpail OL who will punch his opponent in the mouth.

10) Abdul Smith - Pennsburg, Pa (Perkiomen School) 6-0 180 CB [Rutgers verbal]
The states top cover CB changes direction well and likes contact.  Will play early for Rutgers.

Brock DeCicco- Jefferson Hills, Pa. (Thomas Jefferson HS) 6-4, 220 Ath
Heavy Pitt lean has a brother already in Oakland.  Versatile performer could project on either side of the ball.

A.J. Fenton- Erie, Pa. (McDowell HS) 6-1, 215 Ath
Plays TB for McDowell and produced well.  Likely projects as a Safety.  There are questions about footspeed.

E.J. Banks- Montour, Pa. (Montour HS) 5-11, 181 Ath [Notre Dame verbal]
Claims a boatload of offers some of which are questioned.  Still is one of the top CB prospects in PA.

Adam Gress- West Mifflin, Pa. (West Mifflin HS) 6-7, 294 OL [Penn State verbal]
The late blooming PSU verbal plays with a mean streak and is improving by the day.

Corey Brown- Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway HS) 6-0, 180 CB [Ohio State verbal]
Earns the Laschout vote as PAs most overrated prospect.  Committed to Ohio State..  Better them than PSU.

Garry Gilliam- Hershey, Pa. (The Milton Hershey School) 6-7, 245 TE/DE
Under the radar fast rising prospect has supreme athleticism and huge upside.

Justin Renfrow- Philadelphia, Pa. (William Penn Charter) 6-4, 260 DE [Virginia verbal]
Athletic DE easily passes the looks test.  He may project as a DT due to his frame. 

Jordan Hill- Steelton, Pa. (Steelton-Highspire HS) 6-3, 290 DT [Rutgers verbal]
Very athletic DT prospect has tremendous footwork and is still growing.  Plays FB for his high school.

Kadeem Custis- Philadelphia, Pa. (Neumann and Goretti HS) 6-5, 280 OL
Raw but talented OT prospect with good lateral movement and a multitude of BCS offers.

Paul Carrezola- Langhorne, Pa. (Neshaminy HS) 6-2, 253 TE [Rutgers verbal]
Big, physical TE who blocks well at the point of attack.

Christian Kuntz- Camp Hill, Pa. (Trinity HS) 6-4, 195 WR [Penn State verbal]
The PSU verbal plays TB for Trinity but projects as a WR.  A great athlete with good speed.  Has never played WR before. 

Jaleel Clark- Allentown, Pa. (Parkland HS) 6-4, 202 WR
Big, rangy WR who lacks the burst to be an elite college WR.  Clark is strictly a possession WR or maybe even a TE in college.

Juantez Hollins- Aliquippa, Pa. (Aliquippa HS) 6-4, 254 OL [Pittsburgh verbal]
Early Pitt verbal has quick feet but needs to add significant weight.

Curtis Drake- Philadelphia, Pa. (West Catholic HS) 6-0, 175 Ath [Penn State verbal]
PSU verbal is a very versatile athlete who could play a number of positions.  The lack of top end speed is why he isn't raked higher.

Jack Lippert- Harrisburg, Pa. (Central Dauphin HS) 6-4, 235 DE [Pittsburgh verbal]
Pitt verbal is physically imposing but has had some injury issues.  He wanted a PSU offer badly but the Lions went in another direction.

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  • 8/14/2008 11:27 AM tonythelion wrote:
    You missed a couple of verbals. Ezell to Pitt and Banks to Notre Dame
  • 8/14/2008 1:37 PM Clark Griswald wrote:
    Thanks for noticing Art.
    1. 8/19/2008 11:19 AM tim88 wrote:
      Let's burn some dust here, eat my rubber!
  • 8/14/2008 1:49 PM AIW-HS wrote:
    Thanks..those were recent verbals that I had overlooked.
  • 8/15/2008 7:32 AM Solo44 wrote:
    I must say, I'm impressed with the number of Rutgers verbals on that list.
  • 8/15/2008 8:52 AM PSU87 wrote:
    Yeah, before joining the big 10 PSU used to raid NJ for the top talent. Now PSU is shut out of NJ and Rutgers comes into PA and takes our top talent
    1. 8/15/2008 9:17 AM PSUfan wrote:
      Penn State is obviously in a transition year regarding it's head coach. People act as if we are recruiting on a level playing field with the rest of college football. We aren't. What other program has an 81 year old coach without a contract? Next year when Bradley, Schiano, etc is our head coach we can go back to expecting Top 10 recruiting classes. Until then, it's delusional to have super high expectations for recruiting.
      1. 8/15/2008 10:51 AM conservativejoe wrote:
        That is the big problem we are a program that has been going through TRANSITION for 10 plus years. It is the fact that we have an 81 year old coach not the part that he does not have a contract that is causing transition problems.
        1. 8/15/2008 2:23 PM blueband98 wrote:
          Why dont we wait a few more months before crucifying this recruiting class. Can you do that or is your agenda determination so strong? Adding Jenkins, Forcier, Austin, and Brown would easily make this a VERY good class and ranked quite high.
          1. 8/15/2008 6:45 PM AIW-HS wrote:
            What agenda could you possibly come up with out of this list?
            1. 8/16/2008 11:02 AM reigle9 wrote:
              I don't know, but I'm surprised it took 9 posts for someone to say something retarded.
            2. 8/16/2008 11:04 AM reigle9 wrote:
              Oh, guess I can't quote posts but I was obviously replying to sterns post.
  • 8/15/2008 11:36 AM Pezlion wrote:
    The PA rankings lists on various sites show how down the talent is in PA. Obviously PSU's recruiting could use a little help, but there really aren't too many names on that list that I'd want. Unfortunately that includes a couple of names we've got.
  • 8/15/2008 4:01 PM flion wrote:
    Great list. Hard to argue with anything on there. I could see Gress climbing that list by the end of his senior year.
  • 8/16/2008 6:14 AM jayer wrote:
    Good list.

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