The knock on North Allegheny quarterback Mack Leftwich is that he is not big enough to succeed at the Division I-A level.
But Leftwich decided earlier this week that the size of the college football program doesn't matter much to him.
On Sunday night, Leftwich accepted a scholarship to Stephen F. Austin University, a Division I-AA program in Nacogdoches, Texas. Although a few Division I-A schools (Akron and Air Force) were showing interest in this 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior, Leftwich saw no reason to extend his recruitment any longer.
"It's a good fit for me," Leftwich said of Stephen F. Austin. "I like the way they play offensively, I have a chance to play early there, and it had everything I was looking for. So I just made the call and committed."
Leftwich visited Stephen F. Austin this summer. Leftwich has some extended family in Texas, and he lived for eight years in Denton, Texas.
"I wasn't too concerned with the level of football," Leftwich said. "I like the way they play and I thought it was the right place for me."
Leftwich has almost 4,500 yards offense (passing and running) in two seasons at North Allegheny. This year, he is the second-leading passer in the WPIAL, completing 51 of 78 (65 percent) for 1,180 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Corey Clement is a Pitt recruit who is putting up some big statistics this season at Glassboro High School in New Jersey. Clement rushed for 476 yards on 15 carries in a 45-23 victory against Gloucester City last week. The yardage total was a south Jersey single-game record.
Glassboro has played only three games this season, but Clement (5 feet 11, 210 pounds) has 844 yards on 69 carries (12.2 average).
Clement made a verbal commitment to Pitt this summer. Although he has said he remains committed to Pitt, he visited Notre Dame for the Michigan game a few weeks ago. He likely will visit Wisconsin, too.
Seneca Valley's Jordan Brown (6-2, 175) is one of the top quarterbacks in the WPIAL and has a scholarship offer from Colgate. But Brown is athletic enough that at least one school at the NCAA Division I-AA level is interested in him as a receiver. "James Madison [University] thinks he can play receiver," said Seneca Valley coach Don Holl. "Once in a while in practice, we'll have him go out and simulate another team's receiver. Not that we have a bunch of Darrelle Revises on our team, but we can't cover him. He's got great change of direction, he's a good-sized kid and he can jump."hsfootball