PA Ranking Analysis : 11-15
Muhlenburg's Vaughn Carraway
Muhlenburg's Vaughn Carraway
Regional Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 4, 2007
Bob Lichtenfels, SteelCitySports.com


Each year the question is posed, why did you rank this player here? Well let's break it down. I will break down the good and the bad about what we feel are the top 25 prospects in the state of Pennsylvania. This is our first set of state rankings and they will likely change a number of times before they are finalized in February.

15. Mark Wedderburn – Cardinal O'Hara – TE

6-6/230/4.7

Headed Where:Wedderburn now holds offers from the likes of Miami, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina State, Virginia, Illinois, Rutgers, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Temple, Maryland, West Virginia, Clemson and Louisville.

Positives:Has a terrific combination of size, game speed and agility. Has very good hands. A very solid player in the red zone. Plays more with finesse than physicality, but has a great frame and should easily be able to carry in the neighborhood of 250 pounds with relative ease. Spends a lot of time split out and not on the line of scrimmage like a typical tight end. Will need to learn to be a true tight end. Younger brother of former Penn State and NFL offensive lineman Floyd Wedderburn.

Negatives:Does not have a lot of experience blocking in the box. Can be a great player, but he needs to show he wants it all the time.

Intangibles:The sky is the limit for Wedderburn, he can be as good as he wants to be. Has great genetics and handles himself well.

Future:Will likely redshirt his first year, which will be great for him. Should contribute by his second season. I would expect him to end up at Penn State and follow his brothers legacy.


14. Matt Stankiewitch – Blue Mountain – OG

6-4/290/5.0

Headed Where:Pledged to Penn State back in April over offers from West Virginia, Rutgers and Connecticut.

Positives:Shows great quickness off the snap, often iniates contact with a defender before the defender gets out of the crouch. Stankiewitch is a tenacious run blocker. He not only blocks, but he finishes his blocks as well. Very quick getting to the second level. Good hand speed and delivers a powerful punch. He locks on and does not let go.

Negatives:Needs more repetitions in pass pro to hone his skill set.

Intangibles:I love the way this kid gets after it. I admit I have a soft spot for linemen who just abuse defenders and that is Stanky

Future:Once he adjusts to the college game I can see him doing great things at Penn State.


13. Christian Wilson – Montour – TE

6-3/235/4.75

Headed Where:Claims close to 50 offers from the likes of Nebraska, Rutgers, Michigan, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Penn State, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Virginia, Auburn, Purdue

Positives:Wilson lines up at  a variety of positions in high school. Usually it is tailback and inside linebacker. Some schools are looking at Wilson at tailback, but he is not as explosive as you’d like and he runs very upright. He is a very good receiver and blocks very well. At linebacker, Wilson shows good read-and-react skills. He has very good lateral movement sideline-to-sideline and he is an explosive finisher when he tackles. He will wrap and drive you back, terrific finisher. Shows decent ability in coverage as well. I see Wilson as an H-Back/Tight end at the next level

Negatives:Needs to show that he can stay healthy. Would like to see him be more physical on a consistent basis.

Intangibles:After seeing him a few times this summer, I really believe his future is on offense. Another player who comes from a solid family structure and handles the process well. Could be a star this season in the WPIAL.

Future:I see him as a H-Back and expect him to pick a program to best use those skills.


12. Vaughn Carraway – Muhlenburg – WR

6-2/170/4.48

Has a number of offers from Michigan, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Tennessee, West Virginia, Illinois, Syracuse, Temple and Akron.

Positives:Carraway shows excellent hands and concentration. Carraway is dangerous with the ball in his hands. It’s as if he has an extra gear and great burst when he needs it. Carraway is good in the air and will go over the middle. Defensively, he is tough in run support. He shows very good closing speed to the ball and is a big hitter. He also defends the pass well and shows good coverage skills.

Negatives:Needs to improve his route running and develop his body more.

Intangibles:Solid athlete and a solid person. Cousin of former Reading High stars James and Sam Bryant

Future:I still think Carraway has the potential to be a very good safety at the next level. Either way someone will get a good one.


11. Jarred Holley – Easton – CB

5-10/165/4.5

Headed Where:Holds a number of offers including Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Syracuse, Temple, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina State, Virginia, Florida, Clemson, Stanford, Iowa, Michigan State, Connecticut, Rutgers, Toledo, Northwestern and Michigan.

Positives:A powerful tackler who makes plays in front of him. Anticipates well. He’ll often be in position to make a play before the receiver even makes his break. Has game speed, but not a flat-out burner. Very strong an athletic, a quick back pedal and great balance. He has excellent leaping ability and ball skills. He doesn’t give up the big play and doesn’t gamble often. Smooth hips and changes direction well. Can provide a boost in the return game.

Negatives:Does not have great meaureables, but he gets it done. Holley is a very intelligent kid who really seems to analyze everything around him.

Intangibles:Has a 4.0 GPA. Very family oriented and that is very helpful having a foundation like he does when going through the recruiting process.

Future:Academics will play a major role in his decision. He won't choose a school just because they are good at football.



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