The 25 top senior prospects in Pennsylvania

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Manheim Township, Lancaster
QB, 6-3  1/2, 220

Some scouting services rank Bostick among the top 20 QBs in the country. Runs a "west coast" style offense and has thrown for more than 5,000 career yards. Last season, was 181 of 299 for 2,810 yards and 34 touchdowns, and was a second-team all-state selection in Class AAAA . Pitt recruited Bostick hard and Coach Dave Wannstedt received good news in mid-May when Bostick made a verbal commitment to the Panthers. He also had offers from Louisville, Georgia, North Carolina State, Mississippi and Connecticut. More offers would have been on the way had he not committed. "I just wanted to get back to focusing on my team," Bostick said of the reasons for his early decision. "I just felt comfortable enough with Pitt and felt it was the right time to make a decision."

WR/TE, 6-4, 221
Ditto is a versatile offensive player who can run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and also bench press 350 pounds. Gateway thought about trying him at QB this year. A starter since his sophomore year, Ditto led Gateway in receptions last year with 29 for 508 yards. Made verbal commitment to Penn State in early June. Had dozens of other offers, but Nittany Lions, Pitt, Michigan and Ohio State were his final four. Was recruited to play receiver, an H-back or possibly tight end if he grows more.

DE, 6-4, 260
One of the best defensive players in the state who has the scholarship offers to prove it. Morgan has been offered scholarships by more than 20 schools, including Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina State and Georgia Tech. Is a pure pass rusher who comes off the edge and has a penchant for swarming the ball carrier or quarterback. Morgan is a gritty player who knows his role and said, "I just go and get the quarterback. That is what I've been told to do." While he's a stellar high school player, Morgan has an eye on adding weight over the winter. "I want to get to about 275 or so," he said. "I know that extra weight will help in the college game and I'm sure that even if I do add the weight, I can keep my quickness."

Central Catholic
OL/DL, 6-3, 275
This kid knows a lot about winning. In his two years as a starter, he has been a part of 26 wins and only two losses. Had 64 tackles and 10 sacks last season. But his future is probably on the offensive line. Has many scholarship offers, but has narrowed his list to Penn State, Michigan, North Carolina and Boston College. Will probably visit all four schools during the season. His father, Leo, and an uncle, Steve, both played at Penn State and Nittany Lions look like Stefen's leader. Ranked No. 2 academically in Central Catholic's senior class.

Greenburg Central Catholic
WR/DB, 6-2, 200
Can run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. One of three Greensburg Central players who have committed to Division I colleges. QB Cody Catalina and RB-DB Max Suter chose Syracuse. Sukay caught 29 passes for 658 yards last season and scored 10 TDs. He had six interceptions after picking off 10 as a sophomore. Sukay had more than 30 scholarship offers but narrowed his list to Pitt, Penn State and Notre Dame. Committed to Penn State in June.

Erie Strong Vincent
QB/WR/DB, 6-0, 185
Athletic enough to play a number of positions. He plays QB for Strong Vincent and had more than 1,600 yards offense last season. Colleges like him as a receiver and Williams has narrowed his list to Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia and Michigan State. Williams' sister, Mashea, plays basketball at Penn State. That might make you think Penn State is the leader, but Maurice insists Pitt and the others are still in the race.

Keystone Oaks
OG/DL, 6-3, 290
Things are looking up this season for Keystone Oaks and Jacobson is one of the main reasons. Jacobson is an imposing lineman who is nicknamed "Lumpy." He had 122 pancake blocks a year ago. Made verbal commitment to Pitt in February of his junior year. His other offer at the time was from West Virginia. More offers would have been on the way if he had not made a commitment.

Mt. Lebanon
TE/DL, 6-6, 255
Devlin is thinking about possibly majoring in college in pre-medicine. At Mt. Lebanon, he can be just what the doctor ordered. He only caught 10 passes last year as a tight end, but is more of a blocker in Mt. Lebanon's scheme. He's a good athlete, leading the Mt. Lebanon basketball team in scoring last season and helping the Blue Devils to the WPIAL Class AAAA championship. Might end up as an offensive lineman in college. Made early August commitment to Virginia. Pitt, Boston College and Wisconsin were his other favorites. Excellent student with 4.4 grade average.

WR, 6-2, 190
A good, all-around athlete who won PIAA Class AA track and field championships as a junior in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles. He has talked about possibly trying both football and track during his college career, but football is definitely No. 1. Has close to 20 scholarship offers. Pitt, West Virginia and Michigan State are among the schools that offered. He says he's wide open with colleges. Clemons caught 28 passes for 489 yards during the 2006 regular season. He caught 33 passes for 642 yards as a junior.

State College
DE/LB, 6-2, 230
Runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. Was a first-team all-state tight end as a junior, but was recruited mostly for defense. He has made verbal commitment to Penn State. His other top choices were West Virginia, Stanford, Maryland, Boston College and Virginia. Stupar's father, Steve, played at Penn State from 1977-80. His brother, Jon, is a tight end at Virginia. Nate caught 42 passes last year and had 8  1/2 sacks on defense. Excellent student with 4.0 grade average

Southern Columbia, Catawissa
OL/DL, 6-5, 305
Marks is big for any high school level. But with his size, Marks really stands above the competition in Class A. He runs a 5.1 40. Marks has been in Southern Columbia's starting lineup since his freshman year and has won three consecutive PIAA Class A titles. His father, John, is a line coach for Southern Columbia. Marks made verbal commitment to Penn State in May. The Nittany Lions recruited him to play offensive guard. Pitt was his other top choice.

RB/LB, 6-2, 220
Many wonder whether Paskorz will return to his form of two years ago when he rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a sophomore. He wasn't bad last year, but had "only" 1,291 yards on 160 attempts (has 3,478 career yards). An ankle injury bothered him all year and he had offseason surgery on the ankle. Paskorz made verbal commitment to Notre Dame in May, choosing Fighting Irish over Pitt, West Virginia, Michigan, Mississippi, Connecticut and Virginia. Notre Dame plans to use Paskorz at linebacker, but also might take a look at him at running back. Runs a 4.5 40.

Susquehannock, New Freedom
RB/DB, 6-1, 191
Penn State lassoed Powell in June, but he also considered offers from Georgia, Pitt, Boston College, Maryland, Connecticut and Temple. He is quick to admit Penn State is where he always saw himself playing. "That is the offer I always wanted," he said. "That was the school I was waiting for and when the offered, I jumped on it right away." He is a ball hawk and might move to safety at Penn State. What jumps out about Powell is his ability to close on a thrown ball, but also his knack for being able to read the run and come up and hit the ballcarrier. But don't forget about him as a runner as he rushed for 1,190 yards and caught 14 passes as a junior. Averaged 10 yards per carry.

RB/WR/DB, 6-5, 185
One of the best all-around athletes in Western Pennsylvania. He has close to a dozen scholarship offers in football. Competed in track and field and baseball during the spring. Also plays basketball. Won WPIAL Class AA championships in 100, 200 and 400. Was second in the state in 400. Plays mostly running back for Rochester, rushing for 1,128 yards as a junior. Also caught 24 passes for 535 yards. Most colleges are recruiting him as a receiver, hoping he will add some more weight in the next few years. Has more than 10 scholarship offers. Pitt, Penn State and Boston College are his favorites.

RB/LB, 6-2, 220
Lindsey is a force on offense and defense. Has Division I offers. Boston College likes him as a running back and Connecticut at either offense or defense. Every other college likes him as a linebacker. Rushed for 1,251 yards last season and scored 20 of Aliquippa's 33 touchdowns. Pitt has offered and could land him, although Lindsey says he is open and not close to making a college decision. West Virginia, Ohio State and Boston College are a few other schools that have offered. Runs a 4.6 40.

Keystone Oaks
OL/DE/DT, 6-1, 265
Keystone Oaks hasn't produced many Division I college players over the years. But the Eagles have two on the line this year. Caragein and teammate Chris Jacobson have both committed to Pitt. Caragein also had offers from Iowa, Purdue, Stanford, Northwestern and North Carolina, among others. Caragein was recruited to play defensive tackle at Pitt, but he plays defensive end for KO. He also is a standout wrestler.

Erie McDowell
OT/DL, 6-7, 315
Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt wanted some recruits to beef up the offensive line in the future -- and Matha could help in that area. Matha committed to Pitt in late June, choosing the Panthers over West Virginia. Michigan State, Maryland and Virginia were among the other schools that offered. WPIAL fans will get a chance to see Matha this year as McDowell will play all five teams (Butler, North Allegheny, North Hills, Seneca Valley and Shaler) in the Northern Five Conference.

Roman Catholic, Philadelphia
CB, 6-0, 197
Had one scholarship offer, which came from Virginia in March. When it was put on the table, Joseph jumped on it and committed to coach Al Groh's Cavaliers. Pitt and Boston College started to inquire about him, but when he committed to Virginia, the other schools backed off. Both of his parents were track athletes at Temple, and he is blessed with the ability to get moving quickly as he's been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. At 197 pounds, Joseph could grow into a safety in college.

Thomas Jefferson
TE/DE, 6-4, 235
Drager's brother, Jon, plays at Kent State. Chris was recruited more heavily and committed to Virginia Tech in July. West Virginia was his other top choice, although he also had scholarship offers from Pitt, Maryland, Stanford and Georgia Tech. Recruited to play tight end. Caught 17 passes for 264 yards last year and had 53 tackles and nine sacks.

Thomas Jefferson
WR/DB, 6-3, 206
Thomas Jefferson will use DeCicco at quarterback and receiver this season. He made verbal commitment to Pitt in mid-June, turning down offers from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Indiana and Cincinnati. DeCicco could grow into a defensive player, possibly a linebacker. But he was recruited as a receiver. Runs a 4.6 40. He caught 28 passes for 589 yards last season and scored 14 touchdowns.

William Penn, York
OT/DL, 6-8, 305
Has made it known that he's in no hurry to decide on a college. "I'm going to take all my visits, that is for sure," he said. "I need to make sure that where I decide to go is exactly the right place for me." Muldrow is being recruited at the ever-important left tackle position and has scholarship offers from West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Rutgers and Temple. Will play defense for the first time this season.

OG/DL, 6-3, 290
Gradkowski is strong and moves fairly well. Those are the two main reasons he had some Division I college offers before committing to West Virginia in June. Pitt was his other top choice, and he had offers from four other Mid-American Conference schools. He plays offense and defense for Seton-LaSalle, but West Virginia recruited him for offense. Younger brother of former Seton-LaSalle QB Bruce Gradkowski, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

OL/DL, 6-3, 315
Blankenship will be a Buckeye next season as he committed to Ohio State July 18. He chose the Buckeyes over Pitt. He visited Ohio State a few times over the past year. Blankenship runs the 40 in only 5.6 seconds and is known for creating holes for running backs. Could play either guard or center for Center.

Central Catholic
RB/DB 5-9, 165
Smith is small, but he gave Central Catholic a gigantic effort in his first season as a starter. Smith rushed for 2,070 yards on 280 attempts for Central Catholic Smith is headed to the University of Colorado, making a verbal commitment in May. The Buffaloes pretty much never recruit this area, but they saw Smith at a combine, liked him and offered him a scholarship. Arizona State, Toledo and Temple also offered. Smith runs a 4.5 40, but was recruited as a defensive back.

Mount Carmel
TE/DL, 6-6, 232
Along with Mt. Lebanon's Andrew Devlin, Ambrose is a player who has committed to Virginia and could help the Cavaliers at tight end in the future. He might be shifted to defensive end once he gets to college, but favors tight end. He also had offers from Boston College, Northwestern, Syracuse and Temple. Runs a 4.7 40 and also is a solid pass rusher.

Southern Columbia, Catawissa
FB, 6-1, 248
Led Southern Columbia to the PIAA Class A championship last season by rushing for 2,186 yards on 240 carries and had 271 yards in the PIAA final against Duquesne. Holds PIAA playoff game record with 409 yards rushing in a 2004 game. Made verbal commitment to Pitt Aug. 15, picking Panthers over offers from Iowa, Rutgers and Temple. "I just really like the coaching staff and they had recruited me the longest," Hynoski said. "I also really like the city."



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