Whether it’s been in print or on the internet, I’ve been asked several times over the past several months who I think the best of the best are in Eastern Pennsylvania are, so here is my First-Team All-Southeastern PA going into camp season. Keep in mind, this team is limited to prospects from teams in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester Counties, as well as Lehigh Valley.
QB – Brendan Nosovitch Allentown Central Catholic HS
RB – Drew Harris, Downingtown East HS
RB – Desmon Peoples, Archbishop Wood HS
FB – Rob Dvoracek, Parkland HS
WR – Kevin Gulyas, Allentown Central Catholic HS
WR – Damiere Shaw, Cardinal O’Hara HS
WR – Kyle Kerrick, WR Coatesville HS
TE – Colin Thompson, Archbishop Wood HS
OL – J.J. Denman, Pennsbury HS
OL – Chris Muller, Boyertown HS
OL – Frank Taylor, Archbishop Wood HS
OL – Brandon Arcidiacono, Archbishop Wood HS
OL – Michael Mooney, Malvern Prep
DE – Tristin Freeman, West Catholic HS
DT – Dom DiGalbo, West Catholic HS
DT – Connor Mahoney, Malvern Prep
DE – P.J. Gallo, Council Rock South HS
LB – T.J. Waters, West Catholic HS
LB – Ralph Reeves, North Penn HS
LB – Stephon Font-Toomer, Bethlehem Liberty HS
DB – Okezie Alozie, Bethlehem Freedom HS
DB – Nate Smith, Archbishop Wood HS
DB – Julian Kaminoff, New Hope-Solebury HS
DB – Jay Watkins, Cardinal O’Hara HS
Lead My Team - Skyler Mornhinweg, QB St. Joe’s Prep
Brendan Nosovitch has to get the call as the best high school quarterback in the area and already has an offer from Virginia. Not only is Nosovitch the best signal caller in the area, he’s probably the best overall player in the area. That said, Stanford commitment Skyler Mornhinweg is the quarterback I’d want to build my team around at the collegiate level and also the one I want at the helm if I’m down by two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. I sat on the sidelines last season and watched Mornhinweg almost single-handedly beat a heavily favored Archbishop Wood team with his incredible football moxy. He is a warrior on the gridiron and a great kid off of it.
At running back we have thunder and lightning in Drew Harris and Desmon Peoples. Harris is in the double-digits with offers with Penn State, Miami and Florida State headlining and Peoples is an escape artist who has Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Temple with Notre Dame looking at him as a receiver. Also in the mix at fullback is Rob Dvoracek who isn’t quite Henry Hynoski, but if you fed him the ball and he played in Class A I think he could be close.
All three of our wide receivers are guys who I would consider under the radar in Gulyas, Shaw and Kerrick. Kerrick finally just picked up his first two offers from West Virginia and Pittsburgh and Kevin Gulyas put up two seasons worth of statistics last season. Damiere Shaw could easily play receiver or defensive back at the Division I level, but has no offers yet. Our tight end is Colin Thompson and at this point, it looks like Pennsylvania might have the best pro-style tight end in the entire country as everyone from Nick Saban at Alabama to Will Muschamp at Florida are calling to get him at their schools.
Offensive linemen are plentiful in SEPA this year and frankly, a few of them had to spill over to the defensive line on this team. J.J. Denman has 16 offers including Michigan, Penn State and his current favorite in Notre Dame and Chris Muller is holding double-digits as well from the Nittany Lions, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and many others. Brandon Arcidiacono also has a Scarlet Knight offer and Malvern Prep guard Michael Mooney just added Purdue to offers from East Carolina and Villanova on Monday. Frank Taylor is sitting on Syracuse, Michigan State, Pitt, Rutgers and many others as well.
Two offensive linemen that spill to the defensive line are Dom DiGalbo of West Catholic and Connor Mahoney of Malvern Prep who could end up playing defense in college and has an early offer from Missouri. DiGalbo’s teammate Tristin Freeman will most likely move to linebacker in college, but he is an absolute one-man wrecking crew at defensive end for the Burrs and if you watched the State Championship game, all you need to remember is that he was No. 49 in blue. Council Rock South product P.J. Gallo is as good of a tight end is he is a defensive end and has been offered at both positions by Syracuse and West Virginia.
At linebacker, we have three linebackers that haven’t landed offers yet, but all three are talented in Waters, Reeves and Font-Toomer, who also doubles at fullback. Ralphie Reeves is a heat-seeking missile for North Penn and plays like he has an extra body in the closet and T.J. Waters has a big 6-foot-4 frame and could eventually grow into a five-technique. Font-Toomer will most likely make his bones at fullback in college, but given his athleticism and ability to shed tackles, I don’t want to limit him and he deserves a look on both sides of the ball.
Two of our defensive backs are name guys and two are players that not many have heard of. As for the name guys, Okezie Alozie is a terrific prospect who plays the safety position like a linebacker. West Virginia is hot and heavy on him and if they offer him tomorrow to play their spur position we wouldn’t be surprised. Nate Smith from Archbishop Wood already has a South Carolina offer and while he’s more of an athlete than a true safety prospect, I think this is where he ends up in college. Julian Kaminoff of New Hope-Solebury is a prospect to watch, literally. His highlight film is outstanding and schools like Connecticut and Rutgers are already reportedly very impressed with his abilities. Coming from a school that just opened has hurt him, but as he gets exposure he will get offers. Jay Watkins from Cardinal O’Hara isn’t a flashy player, but he’s extremely dependable and one of the best all-around players in the Philadelphia Catholic League, so he gets the nod as well. His recruiting is just starting off and Temple is on him right now.