A Star-Studded Cast Expected in Pittsburgh
Shayne Hale
Shayne Hale
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted May 4, 2007
Bob Lichtenfels, SteelCitySports.com

In three short years, Scout.com has established themselves as a major player in the combine game. The well organized events are producing a lot of talented showcases across the country and this week the staff heads to the Steel City where an awesome roster of athletes is expected to display their skills.


Zack Stoudt
Jeannette star Terrelle Pryor may or may not show up, you just never know. One potential star Western Pennsylvania prospect to keep an eye on will be Josh Vick of Kiski Area. Vick missed part of his junior season with a torn ACL, but is widely considered the most complete QB prospect in the area when healthy. Tyler Porco of Peters Township and Ryan Sabo of Steel Valley will look to challenge Vick. The top signal caller in New York Tim Rommel is scheduled to attend. The Henninger signal caller will test his skills against the best in the area. Zack Stoudt of Dublin-Coffman will be making the trek to Pittsburgh from Ohio. If the Stoudt name sounds familiar to area fans it’s because he is the son of former Pittsburgh Steeler Cliff Stoudt. A sleeper to keep an eye on will be Brentwood’s Eric Coxon. Coxon had a fine junior season leading Brentwood deep into the WPIAL playoffs.

Running Backs

Devoe Torrence
Pick your poison with this talented group. Ohio State commit Devoe Torrence who recently transferred to Washington High in Massillon, Ohio is slated to attend. Lamaar Thomas and Josh Haden of Friendly High in Fort Washington, Md., will surely make their presence known. New York will be represented by Churchville-Chili star Averin Collier. Eastmoor Academy two-way star Isaiah Pead will be representing Columbus, Ohio. One of the most talented backs in the country that nobody really knows much about is Chris Burns of Wilmington, Pa. Burns has been lighting up the track this spring and the Pittsburgh commit will be strutting his stuff on the grand stage. Adding a touch of local flavor will be Hopewell’s Jared Rains. He recently picked up a scholarship offer from Cincinnati. A sleeper in this group may be Woodrow Wilson star Marquel Ali who may be the fastest player in West Virginia. Also watch out for Cass Tech back Cortez Smith and Pennsylvania standout John Fuhrer. Fuhrer has a lot too prove and will show why he is one of the state’s most productive players.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Jacob Stoneburner
Jacob Stoneburner another Ohio State pledge who is talented enough of an athlete to potentially land MVP honors with a dominating performance. The Dublin-Coffman star is another of the many talented Dublin-Coffman players who will strut their stuff in Pittsburgh. Last year, at this same combine Altoona’s A.J. Alexander put himself on the map after running a pair of 4.3’s in the forty-yard dash. Alexander will be back again and is looking to best his marks from last year. Strongsville, Ohio wide receiver/cornerback D.J. Woods is one of the hottest prospects in the state and he’ll be looking to raise his status even more on Sunday. Brashear prospect Ed Tinker will be representing the Pittsburgh City-League. Tinker is another two-way standout. Morgan Carter is also another hot prospect who will be making the trip from Woodbridge, Va. Stoneburner will be joined by another Dublin-Coffman prospect with offers in hand and that is Trey Fairchild. Word has that Glenville’s Cordale Scott may also be in attendance.

Clemson commit Nic DiLillo will be making his return trip to the Pittsburgh combine with hopes of solidifying his spot as one of the nation’s top tight ends. Mount Pleasant athlete Chet Welc could be the sleeper in this group. Cardinal O’Hara’s Mark Wedderburn missed our New Jersey combine and is scheduled to attend this one.

Offensive Line

Mike Adams
No one can accuse the Ohio State Buckeyes of recruiting kids who are afraid to compete. Mike Adams who is one of the top five offensive tackles in the nation will be looking to show he belongs as a five-star prospect. Pennsylvania is well represented as most of the top tackles in the state will be present including Wayne Tribue (Central York), R.J. Dill (Trinity-Camp Hill), Mike Farrell (Shady Side Academy) and Travis Poston. Chad Houshell (Lake Catholic) and Marc Stevens (Lexington) will be looking to continue their impressive performances in recent combines. Ursuline guard and former Pittsburgh native Harold Coates will return home looking too prove that he is one of Ohio’s best.

Defensive Line

Reggie Ellis
Washington (D.C.) Dunbar tackle Reggie Ellis has excelled at every combine or camp he has been to, so we are expecting much of the same on Sunday. Harrisburg defensive tackle Chris Henderson who holds offers from Pittsburgh and Michigan is looking to show that he is one of the East Region’s top defensive linemen. Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline defensive end Justin Brown also proved last year that he was going to be one to watch. Brown is a grizzled veteran now. The strength of the defensive line corp could be strengthened by the expected attendance of Glenville duo Shawntel Rowell and Dawawn Whitner. Watch out for Gettsyburg tackle Logan Schultz who could turn some heads.


Andrew Sweat
You’d be hard pressed to find a better group of linebackers anywhere as skilled as the group that will be assembled in Pittsburgh. This group will include six of the states top players at the position Shayne Hale (Gateway), Andrew Sweat (Trinity), Christian Wilson (Montour), Mike Yancich and the Harrisburg duo of Adrian Robinson and Shariff Blake. The six of them have over 150 offers combined. Columbus, Ohio native Douglass Rippy will keep pace with them all. The sleeper of this crew could be Altoona’s Alphonso Lewis.

Defensive Backs

Boubacar Cissoko
Provided the boys from Cass Tech in Detroit, Mich., do not get derailed from a Saturday track meet we’ll have the pleasure of once again witnessing the skill of one of the nation’s top corners in Boubacar Cissoko. The Michigan commit defines the term “lockdown corner”. Lot’s of eyes will be on Akron native Johnny Adams. The Buchtel star has proved he is one of the region’s elite special teams players, now we find out how he looks in coverage. Maryland is home to Bishop McNamara star Cameron Chism. The rising star holds a handful of offers and is hungry for more. The best defensive back in West Virginia will also be in attendance as South Charleston native Deion Spurlock will look to showcase his skills. Ayersville (Ohio) native Demetrius Trapps had a standout performance at our Cincinnati combine. Trapps will test and look to shut down another group of receivers. Two of Pennsylvania’s top corners will match their skills against anyone Cameron Saddler of Gateway and Chris Hayden-Martin of Greensburg Central Catholic.

At safety, Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt standout Okechukwu Okohora has a sensational highlight video, now we get to see him in person. Leon Green has transferred from West Mifflin to Gateway and now will test his skills as a Gator. Cissoko is not the only talent in the Cass Tech secondary. Charles Fobbs can handle his own. West Virginia commit Jermaine Robinson and Brashear teammate Quamane Bryant will look to show that the boys in the Pittsburgh City-League can cover with the best of them.


Corey Brown
Gateway head coach Terry Smith is building a powerhouse at his school. Next year the Gators have three players who could potentially be national top 100 type players led by wide receiver Corey Brown. Brown has a flare for dramatics and making the acrobatic catch. Linebacker/running back Dorian Bell gets better with every down. Lineman Colin Rodkey put himself on the map last fall with a dominant performance against U.S. Army All-American Stefen Wisniewski. Painesville (Ohio) Harvey speed merchant Chris Fields could be this years A.J. Alexander. Ursuline boasts one of Ohio’s best underclassmen in Darrell Mason and he’ll be out too prove that he is as good as advertised. Don’t look now but there is another Haden coming through the system. Jordan Haden may be the best of them all.

Sunday’s combine will be held at the UPMC Indoor Sports Complex the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. No walk-up’s will be accepted, all participants must be pre-registered. Any questions regarding the combine can be directed to blichtenfels@scout.com

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