Metro-Index Report

Barry Church

For well over 25 years Joe Butler has been operating Metro-Index sports camps in the Pittsburgh, PA region. Each year his camp continues to grow, as prospects from far and wide attempt to be seen by a number of college coaches from varying levels of competition. attended the Wednesday night session at the UPMC Southside Practice Facility.

A few of the Top 50 "Keystone State" players were on hand during Wednesday night's session. As were also a few alumnus of the event including Pittsburgh quarterback Tyler Palko, Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli, and Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.

Penn Hills (Pa.) linebacker Archie Donald, 6'1.5" and 220 pounds, was in peak form. Donald showed very quick feet during the agility drills. He covered well in the one-on-one position drills. He should be a definite force in the WPIAL AAAA ranks this fall.

Thomas Jefferson (Pa.) linebacker Nate Nix, 6'3" and 216 pounds, showed the athleticism that makes him attractive to college recruiters. Nix already holds a few scholarship offers. Nix has outstanding lateral speed, he is perhaps the top linebacker sideline-to-sideline in the state. Nix has cover skills similar to most safeties.

Penn Hills (Pa.) safety/wide receiver Barry Church, 6' 2.5" and 205 pounds, put on a show for scouts last night. Church dominated the defensive backs in the one-on-one drills. Defensively, he has very good closing speed. Church is not on a lot of radars as he was overshadowed on last year's squad by Ed Collington and David Harvey, but if you've watched Penn Hills you know who Church is. Church is a classic case of the kid who hits his peak in that transition between his junior and senior seasons. The only tough decision for Church will be to decide which side of the ball he wants to play on.

Duquesne (Pa.) wide receiver/safety Elijah Fields, 6' 2" and 202 pounds, was a man amongst boys. He showed the skills which have led him to early offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Connecticut, Akron, Kent State, and Toledo. Fields is a very polished wide receiver, he is fast, he runs precise routes, he has outstanding ball skills, and he catches anything in his zip code. What truly separates Fields from others is his strength; he is very hard for most defensive backs to match-up against.

Uniontown (Pa.) wide receiver Quindell Dean, 6' 1" and 200 pounds, was the second best receiver of the evening. Dean is a solidly built, fleet footed wide receiver who has picked up offers from West Virginia and Toledo. Dean is very quick out of the blocks, and is even quicker on his breaks. He is a well coached and polished pass catcher.

Library (Pa.) South Park quarterback Connor Dixon, 6' 4" and 185 pounds, was easily the "Cream of the Crop" as far as signal callers were concerned. Dixon's stock is about to take a meteoric rise after some very strong combine and camp performances. Dixon has above average arm strength, outstanding mobility, good pocket presence, a very quick release, and his greatest trait is his accuracy.

Connellsville (Pa.) wide receiver Terrence McCrae, 6' 3" and 190 pounds, has definitely developed physically since we saw him in the fall. McCrae is a chiseled 190-pound. McCrae has now developed all facets of his game, his speed, strength, and agility. He has always had great ball skills and athleticism now he is turning into a top-flight wide out.

Landisville (Pa.) Hempfield Mike Callahan, 6' 1" and 185 pounds, does not possess the prototype size that people like, but he's a warrior. Every once in a while you see one of those undersized gritty kids who works his tail off and then a school takes a chance on him, this could be Callahan. He is a very accurate quarterback, who has great touch on his passes. He won't run great times, but he has game speed.

Landisville (Pa.) Hempfield safety/wide receiver Zach Funke, 6' 2.5" and 175 pounds, if a quarterback throws the ball in his county he'll catch it. Funke has outstanding ball skills. He needs to thicken up a bit, and he does not look like an athlete at all, but watch him work out or check out his film. Funke uses all 175-pounds of his frame when on defense, he plays tough in run support, and he has outstanding closing speed. Funke was one of the few defensive backs who could actually cover consistently. would like to thank Joe Butler for allowing us the opportunity to attend his outstanding camp. We have plans to attend the second session next week, and you can read about it here at Recommended Stories

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