Bob Lichtenfels – Regional Manager
Thursday – September 11
Beaver Falls (Pa.) at Aliquippa (Pa.)
Location: Carl Aschman Stadium “The Pit”
There may not be a more heated small school rivalry in the state like this battle. Of course, there aren’t many small schools that produce the type of talent that these schools do either, especially Aliquippa. Just from recent memory here are some former Quips that you may have heard of Sean Gilbert, Ty Law, Darrelle Revis and Jonathan Baldwin. The Quips have a rich and storied history and they are almost unbeatable at “The Pit”.
Our main focus for Aliquippa will be 6-foot-4, 265-pound two-way lineman Juantez Hollins. The three-star prospect pledged to Pitt over a handful of other offers. Terry Patrick is another exciting prospect for the Quips. Patrick can play at the BCS D-I level if he gets his academics squared away. Junior Rasheem Jones has a very bright future for the Quips as well. Junior defensive tackle/linebacker Stanley Pugh is another Quips prospect that should get looks next season.
Beaver Falls is no slouch either. Ryan Matsook’s Tigers feature one of the WPIAL’s best overall athletes Todd Thomas. Thomas mainly plays running back and defensive back for the Tigers. Thomas has a pile of offers from schools across the country, but the four-star standout usually mentions the same few schools Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Ohio State. One thing is for certain the game will be a hard hitting contest as these two rivals just don’t get along.
Friday – September 12
South Allegheny (Pa.) at Jeannette (Pa.)
Location: McKee Stadium
Terrelle Pryor is gone and most people thought the Jayhawks were done with the departure of their star quarterback, but Jordan Hall remains along with a great coaching staff and a tough group of kids. This years Jayhawks may not be as talented as last years, but they are still a very solid team. Head Coach Ray Reitz is one of the best motivators in high school football and he will have his team ready to play ball. Jordan Hall is arguably the most talented running back in the state and he is headed to Ohio State where he will join his friend and former teammate Pryor.
Allen Trieu – Midwest Recruiting Analyst
A double dip on the East side of Michigan this week starts in Detroit where a huge battle in the PSL takes place at 3:30 between Crockett and Cass Tech. Of course, Cass had four players with FBS offers already in 5-star DT William Campbell, Michigan commitment Teric Jones as well as QB Thomas Gordon and junior CB Dior Mathis. Don't sleep on Crockett though as Central Michigan commitment Aaron McCord is one of the state's best linemen and junior QB Tony Lippett should be highly recruited a year from now.
From there, I'll head to Livonia at 7pm, where Stevenson takes on Plymouth Salem. This will be my first time seeing Stevenson's Austin White in person this year. White is the state's top junior and already boasts offers from Michigan and Michigan State. After rushing for 241 yards and five touchdowns his first game out, I am ready to see another big performance out of him.
Matt Alkire – East Recruiting Analyst
I will be traveling to Abington High School this weekend to check out Rutgers commitment David Osei, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound interior offensive lineman. Players to watch from Northeast High School are wide receiver and Tennessee commitment Je’Ron Stokes and his younger brother, junior quarterback Malik Stokes who has already picked up a written offer from the Volunteers.
Dave Berk – Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Ohio had a big game on Thursday night as Cincinnati Colerain downed Cincinnati Princeton in convincing fashion. But Friday and Saturday will bring some great games as well.
Friday will see a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio and Anderson High School where they’ll battle Davon Custis of St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio) who holds offers from Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana and Cincinnati. This game is a battle of two of Ohio’s top teams in Division Two as Anderson is the defending state champs and DeSales is looking to be the top team this fall.
Anderson lost some talent from last years team but still returns several players including one of the top offensive linemen in the Midwest for the Class of 2010 in Andrew Norwell who has already picked up offers from Indiana and Cincinnati.
On Saturday it’s back to Cincinnati and for a national match-up of two of the counties top prep programs in Don Bosco Prep and Cincinnati St. Xavier. Both teams are considered Top 25 prep programs this fall and there will be much talent on both sidelines.
St. Xavier has several key players to watch including defensive end Pat Muldoon and linebacker Luke Kuechly. The duo has kept the Bombers in line for a chance to win another state title before its all said and done. On offense the Bombers look to get 2010 offensive lineman Matt James back at full strength and will see junior quarterback Luke Massa continue to find his grove.