Few tidbits today.
GW Recruiting Service has released their Top 30 for PA for 2010. Here’s the write-ups for the top 10. Notice who the top 2 players in PA are committed to already.
1. Mike Hull (6-1, 220, LB) Canonsburg, Canon-MacMillan –
He is rated by most as a top ten linebacker prospect in the country for the class of 2010. He has 4.5 40-yard speed and he’s already a two-time Class 3A all-state selection.
2. Paul Jones (6-4, 233, QB) McKees Rocks, Sto-Rox –
He was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fab 22 selection this past Thanksgiving and was a PIAA Class 3A all-state selection. In 2008 he completed 115 of 186 passes for 2,220 yards and 24 TDs. For his career, he has completed 228 or 398 passes for 3,370 yards and 42 TDs. He is Pennsylvania’s class of 2010 top-rated quarterback.
3. Dakota Royer (6-4, 220, LB/DE) Manheim Central –
Royer was a class 3A all-state selection at both TE and DE. His first step reminds me of Aaron Maybin with his excellent outside pass rush. In 2008, he had 56 catches for 1,099 yards and nine TDs and on defense he was credited with 86 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He already has more than 12 D1 scholarship offers.
4. Alex Kenney (6-1, 180, ATH) State College –
Kenney is the fastest player in Pennsylvania in 2008. He has 10.7 100m speed and is credited with 4.35 40-yard speed. He was an AP PIAA 4A all-state selection and has offers from Penn State, Pitt, Stanford, Virginia, Illinois, Kentucky and Boston College.
5. Corey Brown (6-0, 175, RB) Springfield, Cardinal O’Hara –
Brown is rated by many as the state’s No. 1 prospect, having close to 20 scholarship offers already. Injuries caused him to miss most of the 2008 season which prevented him from winning any post-season honors. He has probably the best opportunity for upward movement after observing him at camps this spring and summer. In 2007, he rushed for 1,019 yards on 130 carries and had nine TDs. He also had 15 catches for 281 yards and four TDs and four INT on defense.
6. Anthony Gonzalez (6-3, 195, QB) Bethlehem, Liberty –
He was the AP PIAA 4A player of the year and an all-state selection and led Liberty to the PIAA state title. He already has seven offers including Penn State and Florida State. In 2008, he rushed for 1,697 yards and 24 TDs and passed for 1,580 yards and 22 TDs. In his career, he has rushed for 3,433 yarsd and 37 TDs and passed for 3,171 yards and 40 TDs. He has the opportunity to be the second Pa., quarterback to rush and pass for more than 4,000 yards in his career, breaking Terrelle Pryor’s standing record.
7. Sharrif Floyd (6-4, 303, OL/DL) Philadelphia, George Washington –
He was a 3A all-state selection and Philadelphia Inquirer SE PA all-area pick. Floyd had an impressive performance at the U.S. Army combine in San Antonio the first week in January. He’s the top-rated defensive lineman in Pennsylvania for the class of 2010 with offers from Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, UCLA, Maryland and Oklahoma.
8. Kyle Smith (6-3, 200, QB) Lancaster Catholic –
He was an AP 3A all-state selection, leading his team to the PIAA semifinals. In 2008, he completed 181 of 278 passes for 3,193 yards and 42 TDs. For his career, he has thrown for 5,253 yards and 69 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions.
9. Malik Stokes (6-0, 165, QB) Philadelphia Northeast –
Stokes went into the 2008 season rated as the No. 1 QB prospect in SE PA. He missed four games this past season with a knee injury that will be surgically repaired at the end of February. He attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine but didn’t work out because of his knee injury. In 2007, he completed 87-of-156 passes for 1,300 yards and nine TDs. When healthy, he is reported to have 4.45 speed and next to Corey Brown, he has the most upside potential to improve his stock once he’s observed in camps this spring and summer.
10. Luke Graham (6-6, 272, OL) Harrison City, Penn-Trafford –
Rated by many as the top offensive line prospect in the WPIAL for the 2009 season. He was a first-team all-Keystone conference selection last fall as well as a second-team AP 3A all-state selection. He’ll be a three year starter at OT this fall and is projected as an OG at the college level. He appears to be on the verge of verbally committing to Penn State and has offers from Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and FIU.
Penn State is either in the drivers seat, or else in great shape, with every single one of those kids except Malik Stokes. It is the consensus that Stokes is incredibly overrated. He has contacts in the media who have inflated him like they inflated his older brother J’ron. Stokes will be a hot commodity because his brother is a year older than him and just committed in a pretty high profile recruitment, since he decommitted from Tennessee and ended up at Michigan.
Another kid who is potentially very overrated is Corey Brown. Brown had a nasty knee injury last season, and people are saying he is not looking as good. He also does not have the ability to be an every down back, and has trouble between the tackles. People are already starting to get irritated over PSU’s mentality that 2 or 3 RBs are better than he is on their recruiting board. Silas Redd and the kid from Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown are much better fits for Penn State than Corey Brown is. In a nutshell, the kid has a durability issue. Do you want him? PSU thinks he’s a WR all the way at the college level anyways.
As far as Kyle Smith goes, I hear that kid will be lucky if he ends up in the MAC.
The whole point of posting that top 10 was b/c the write-ups were good. But the rest of those rankings, take with a grain of salt I guess. And I have no idea how Seth Bettancourt is not on that list.
That WR from California that I mentioned yesterday, Kenny Stills, has PSU in his top 2. Only problem is that if he gets accepted to Stanford, he’s gonna more than likely end up there.
John Urschel, a PSU signee for 2009, has won the indoor shot-put title in New York. I’m sorry, its a slow news day so far.
Jim Groz has informed us here at Team Dut that he will be visiting Johnstown in June. This is great news for everyone who appreciates Groz and all Groz does for humanity. The skeleton army will be in attendance for this year’s collaborative get-together: GROZLEMANIA. It is a combo of the Feast of Strength and a Groz appearance. All are invited, few have tie courage to attend. Festivities will include, but are not limited to:
– leatherstrap Fijian death match between all comers and Powerhouse
– “Evil Contest” of who is more evil: you or Darkside?
– “Guess Shannon’s Weight”
– “Can Groz Bend this Bar Around Snickers”
– “How Many Cigarette will Poops Smoke while Watching Women’s Basketball”
– “Spotlight On: Beaver Oswalt”
Come and join the festivities.
In today’s “Ask DB” segment, Tony from Alaska writes:
“Hey Dut, PSU is losing 3 of their 5 starting o-linemen. Do you frequently find yourself thinking about this? Something else I struggle with… when you are having sex with your girlfriend, do you wish she was Dennis Landolt?”
The answer to that question, Tony, is yes.
This just in: 6’3″ 240 DE from Washington, PA, Ken Wilkins, has named Da Nitz his leader. There is still no indications that 6’5″ 140 lb Shane Fischer or 5’1″ 255 lb Clark “P-Nut” Prather have been contacted by Penn State. Clark has stated on numerous occasions he will be going anywhere Shane selects.
More later, faggots.