Under Armour/Scout.com Invade Pittsburgh
Gateway's Dorian Bell
Gateway's Dorian Bell
Regional Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 29, 2008


The past two years the Scout.com Combine has ventured to the “Steel City” and it has turned out to always be one of our best events of the year. This year Scout.com has joined forces with Under Armour to bring student athletes the new prototype in combines. This weekend’s event may be the best yet.

It will be hard to top the talent that was on display one year ago at this event, but there stands a very good chance of that happening as almost every one of the top 30 players in Western Pennsylvania has committed to the event. Toss in the nation’s top wide receiver Logan Heastie and his side kick Tahj Boyd and players from six other states and you have all the ingredients for a top shelf event. Let’s take a closer look at what we can expect to see on Sunday.

Quarterbacks:

Fresh off of a standout performance at the Akron 7 on 7 (Danville) quarterback Andrew Shoop is looking to build on that showing and establish himself as one of the top prospect in the region at his position. (Hampton/Va./Phoebus) gunslinger Tahj Boyd will make the trip North. The West Virginia commit is also out to improve his status. (Washington/DC/Ballou) dual-threat quarterback Emmanuel Yeager holds an offer from the Pittsburgh Panthers and is hungry for more. (Willoughby/Ohio/South) standout Patrick Nicely is out to prove that he is the best quarterback in Ohio this year. Making the trek clear from New Jersey is David Kenney (The Peddie School) is a great athlete, but he wants to show people he is also a very good quarterback prospect. (Strong Vincent) prospect D.J. Barney was on the fast track to stardom last year after solid showings in the combines and camps, but an injury forced him to miss most of his junior season. It will be interesting to see how Barney bounces back. Barney played wide receiver at the Akron 7 on 7 and looked very natural doing it.

 

Running Backs:

Jordan Hall (Jeannette) is ready to step out of the tall shadow of Terrelle Pryor and show people that he is deserving of his early offers from Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State. Last year, Monte Ashby (East Allgheny) came to the event as a member of the Duquesne Dukes squad, but things have changed and Duquesne is no more. Ashby was one of the best backs in the WPIAL last season. Brandon Rice (Columbus/Ohio/Walnut Ridge) has an impressive film and now he is ready to show everyone that he is a legit prospect. Fullback Chris Snook (Medina/Ohio/Highland) is on the rise and could rise even higher with a solid performance. He may also workout at linebacker.

 

Wide Receiver/Tight End:

This is a spectacular group headlined by Scout.com’s No.1 rated prospect at the position Logan Heastie (Chesapeake/Va./Great Bridge). The West Virginia commit still has some doubters and is always looking for competition to prove them wrong. (Beaver Falls) star Todd Thomas will come put his skills on display. He may be the best overall athlete in the WPIAL this year. Bryan Underwood (University Heights/Ohio/Cleveland Heights) just picked up another offer recently from Kansas. He has been rising up the charts lately with offers from Texas Tech, Cincinnati and many more. (Washington/DC/Dunbar) product Deon Long is also rising on many teams radar as of late. He has offers from West Virginia, Michigan State and Duke. (Pickerington/Ohio/Central) wide receiver Patrick White is one of our favorites in the Midwest and he wants to show that he deserves to be mentioned with the nation’s elite. Cameron Contreras (Woodland Hills) is ready to put himself on the map with a strong showing. The Wolverines were young last year, but Contreras gained the respect of a lot of WPIAL coaches. Anthony Young-Wiseman (Bethesda/Md./Walt Whitman) recently picked up his first offer from West Virginia and he wants more. Young-Wiseman may workout at wide receiver and safety to show his versatility.  Jerrard Hunter (Washington/DC/H.D. Woodson) is going to get offers in time, but he knows he can accelerate the process with a strong showing.

 

The tight end corps is thin, but (Thomas Jefferson) standout Brock DeCicco is expected to be in attendance. We don’t know if he will work out as of yet, due to the concussion he suffered last weekend. Arthur Fontaine is expected to make the trip all the way from Massachusetts. The (Dartmouth) standout wants to face competition and he will find it here. Virginia standout Logan Thomas (Brookville) was expected to make the trip, but may not be able to due to a family emergency.

 

Offensive Line:

This may be one of the deepest overall groups of offensive line talent that we have ever compiled in one place. Pete White (Washington/DC/St. Johns College) holds a handful of offers, but hasn’t gotten the respect that he wants and that can change. Colin Rodkey (Gateway) may be the best lineman that Terry Smith has produced during his tenure. Rodkey tends to get overshadowed by all the skill players at Gateway, but not in this type of atmosphere. The headliner may be (Toledo/Ohio/St. John’s Jesuit) standout and Ohio State pledge Jack Mewhort. The big, nasty lineman is out to show that he is an elite lineman. (Thomas Jefferson) tackle Pat Eger holds an offer from West Virginia and is out to earn more. Adam Schneid (Avon Lake/Ohio) could be the sleeper among the tackles.

 

Defensive Line:

The big linemen on the offensive side will be challenged by this group that includes one of the best looking specimens in the WPIAL Tyrone Ezell (Munhall/Pa./Steel Valley). Ezell holds offers from Colorado, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and others. Zac Costlow (Steubenville Central Catholic) and Zakee Bashir (Walnut Ridge) are a pair of Ohio prospects who could make some noise. We’re very excited to see Jared Veruto (Endicott/NY/Union-Endicott) at defensive tackle and Jack Lowney (Archbishop Carroll). (Trinity) defensive end Jack Jamerson and B.J. Stevens (Gateway) will be two local prospects to watch.

 

Linebacker:

No linebacker group starts off without talking about Dorian Bell (Gateway) he is a five-star for a reason and will hopefully, be at 100-percent after suffering a slight muscle strain last weekend. (McDowell) standout A.J. Fenton is fresh off of picking up a pair of Big Ten offers (Wisconsin and Indiana) and now wants more. Fenton may also take some reps at running back. (Manheim Township) prospect Nick Sizemore is one to watch. He should be closing in on an offer soon. (Penn Hills) star Dan Mason will be at our event for the third straight year. He is also nursing a minor injury suffered in track. Darrell Mason (Youngstown/Ohio/Ursuline) is one of the most talked about prospects in Ohio. The standout running back is looking to silence his critics. He also may workout at running back. Emmitt Terrell (State College) has been under-the-radar, but that could change with a good showing.

 

Defensive Back:

Loaded, that is all I can say about this group. Traveling coach Don Cox is going to go nuts over this crew. Corey Brown (Gateway) had an incredible performance at Akron. The states top two-way threat will be back at it this weekend. Deonte Flemings (Strong Vincent) also had a strong performance in Akron and once again he will look to be the star. E.J. Banks (Montour) is out to show that the gifted safety/quarterback can play corner. Courtney Bridget (Baltimore/Md./Calvert Hall) is as lockdown as you’ll see from a 6-foot-2 cornerback. Jolil Thrash and Samuel Knott are two very gifted players from (Washington/DC/H.D. Woodson) who are expecting to shine. Abdul Smith (Perkiomen School) is as consistent of a guy as you’ll find. He is just steady and doesn’t get beat.  (Youngstown/Ohio/Ursuline) corner Dale Peterman holds an SEC offer from South Carolina.

 

Underclassmen Flavor:

The defensive backs have me excited, but the group of underclassmen descending upon Pittsburgh is off the charts. Some of these names you won’t know, but trust me you will. A big reason why Pittsburgh Central Catholic won a state championship was the play of D.J. Myers and Jeff Knox, both will show why they may be the top two players in the state in 2010. Remember the name Paskorz? Steve Paskorz who is now a linebacker at Notre Dame was at our events and now it is his not so little brother Jordan Paskorz turn to shine The 6-3, 225-pound standout from (Hampton) is ready to star on his own. (Clairton) wide receiver Kevin Weatherspoon is a slick as they come. He already reminds us of a young David Harvey. Speaking of David Harvey, the next big thing at (Penn Hills) is Brandon Ifill. Remember the name because you’ll be hearing it a lot. Miles Dieffenbach (Fox Chapel) has a chance to be very special at center. He is the son of George Dieffenbach the tennis coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Miles is an avid tennis player, so you know he has feet.

 

Two-way star Jordan Thomas will be coming to us via (Endicott/NY/Union-Endicott) and he is the real deal. Several schools will vie for his signature next year. At (Trinity) Ed Dalton always produces players, but Kenny Wilkins may be on another level. He catches your eye as soon as he enters a room. Jamel Turner (Youngstown/Ohio/Ursuline) defensive end may be the best defensive lineman in Ohio next year. Shane Rugg (Johnstown/PA/Bishop McCort) has a chance to be one of the best linemen to come out of that area in some time. Penn State legacy Mike Hull (Canon-Mcmillan) is expected to make an appearance. Hull is an old school warrior and one guy we are excited to see. The one everyone wants to see is Paul Jones (Sto-Rox). Jason Ruscitto has a gem in this kid and this will be the chance for his prize to shine.

 

 



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