The 2008 Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 football team

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A handful of players on the Fabulous 22 will have impacts on their Division I college teams and maybe even the NFL. At least, that is what history indicates. This is the 28th edition of the Fabulous 22, an all-star team of players picked from all WPIAL and City League schools, regardless of position. Many from past Fabulous 22 teams have gone on to big things. Consider the team from five years ago. It included Aliquippa's Darrelle Revis, now playing for the New York Jets. It also included some other players who have had fine college careers: Gateway's Justin King (Penn State) and Mortty Ivy (West Virginia), Kiski Area's Scott McKillop (Pitt), Moon's A.Q. Shipley (Penn State), Sto-Rox's Adam DiMichele (Temple), Central Catholic's Eugene Jarvis (Kent State), Beaver's Rory Nicol (Ohio State) and Penn Hills' Anthony Morelli (Penn State). The team is picked by the PG scholastic sports staff, based on help from high school and college coaches and scouting services.


 

DORIAN BELL

The skinny: Ranked among the top 10 linebackers in the country. Has size, strength and speed. Had 116 tackles and seven sacks. Also rushed for 885 yards on 83 attempts and scored 17 touchdowns. Two-time Fabulous 22 pick.

College: Had scholarship offers from schools across the country and made verbal commitment to Ohio State in the spring.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My uncle, Rich Stevenson, and my older brother, Joel Bell Jr.

Favorite school subject? Math

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? I'd help my parents with their bills.

Food you can't do without? Jack Daniels burgers.

Something you'd change about high school? Be allowed to use cell phones.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Meg Bulger

People might be surprised to know that you ... Like to golf.

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C.J. BROWN

The skinny: Considered the best senior QB in the WPIAL. In only nine games, threw for 2,154 yards, completing 149 of 269. Also threw for 14 TDs and rushed for 640 yards on 131 carries. Two-year totals: 4,804 yards offense, 272 of 528 for 3,721 yards in passing and 1,083 yards rushing.

College: Has made verbal commitment to Maryland.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? Probably our coach, Ron Butschle. He's kind of been like a second dad.

Favorite school subject? Math. I like numbers.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? A Nissan 350Z.

Food you can't do without? Tacos.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Michael Jordan.

Your most prized possession? A book I got signed by [Detroit Tigers manager] Jim Leyland.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I can hit a golf ball 300 yards.

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E.J. BANKS

The skinny: One of the WPIAL's most versatile players. Rushed for 991 yards on 141 carries and completed 79 of 170 for 1,012 yards. Scored 14 touchdowns. Two-year totals: 4,151 yards offense, 1,904 yards rushing on 308 attempts, and 150 of 313 passing for 2,247 yards.

College: Had many scholarship offers, but made verbal commitment to Notre Dame. Was recruited to play defensive back.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My coaches I've had my whole life.

Favorite school subject? Math

Food you can't do without? Reese's cups.

Something you'd change about high school? You should be able to come back for a fifth year of sports. High school is a lot of fun.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? [Actress] Meagan Good.

Your most prized possession? My varsity letter I got as a freshman.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I play the piano.

• • •

 

COREY BROWN

The skinny: Caught 42 passes for 708 yards and had a school-record 15 touchdown passes. Ranked among the top 10 players in the state.

College: Had scholarship offers from across the country. Has committed to Ohio State. Will most likely play defensive back.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? Our coach, Terry Smith. Just because he has made great strides in life and he took me under his wing.

Favorite school subject? Social studies.

Food you can't do without? Grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Something you'd change about high school? Cell phone policies.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Chad Johnson.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? My mom a house.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I like to play the Wii Fit exercise video game.

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B.J. STEVENS

The skinny: One of the best pass rushers in recent WPIAL history. Had 22 sacks, 86 tackles and two fumble recoveries this season for Class AAAA runner-up Gators. Had 86 tackles and recovered two fumbles. Also was a talented tight end.

College: Has made a verbal commitment to Miami (Ohio), where his brother, Jordan, also plays.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My brother, Jordan.

Favorite school subject? Science.

Food you can't do without? Chili.

Something you'd change about high school? All the teenage drama that goes on.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Jessica Biel.

Your most prized possession? My gold No. 21 chain that I wear.

People might be surprised to know that you ... Don't really talk a lot.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS

The skinny: A speedy halfback who became Gateway's featured runner this season, rushing for 1,666 yards on 215 attempts for 12-1 Gators. Also scored 21 touchdowns, and had 32 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

College: West Point and smaller colleges are showing interest.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My coach, Terry Smith. He's someone who is the same stature as me.

Favorite school subject? Social studies.

Food you can't do without? Twizzlers

Something you'd change about high school? Lunches.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Barry Sanders

Your most prized possession? My first midget league championship trophy.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I'm happy with my height.

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RUSHEL SHELL

The skinny: The first freshman to ever make the Fabulous 22. Rushed for 1,576 yards on 181 attempts (8.7 average) and scored 14 touchdowns. Had three consecutive 200-yard games. Opposing coaches say he could be a "great one" in the future.

College: Division I colleges are interested, and Pitt already has offered a scholarship.

Other than a parent whose been role model to you? Terrelle Pryor. He's starting as a freshman [at Ohio State] just like I did.

Favorite school subject? Math

Food you can't do without? Chicken wings.

Something you'd change about high school? Less time in school during the day.

You'd like to spend a day with ....? Terrelle Pryor.

Your most prized possession? My cross necklace.

People might be surprised to know that you ... Watch Hannah Montana.

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PAUL JONES

The skinny: A well-built, strong-armed junior who completed 115 of 186 for 2,020 yards and 24 TDs this season. Two-year totals: 228 of 398 for 3,870 yards.

College: Although only a junior, already has Division I scholarship offers from Pitt, Penn State, North Carolina State, Iowa, Stanford and Duke.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? [Former Sto-Rox players} Adam and Anthony DiMichele.

Favorite school subject? Math or history.

Food you can't do without? Cinnamon rolls and thumbprint cookies

Something you'd change about high school? Less of the "he said, she said" drama.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? LeBron James.

Your most prized possession? My Sidekick cell phone.

People might be surprised to know that you ... Didn't want to play football in high school at first.

• • •

 

AARON DONALD

The skinny: One of the top junior defensive linemen in the state. Has quickness and strength and was dominant at times this season.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My brother, Archie.

Favorite school subject? Math.

Food you can't do without? A plain double cheeseburger from Wendy's.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? A house for my mom and dad.

Something you'd change about high school? Rules about phones.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Casey Hampton to teach me some new moves.

Your most prized possession? My little league football trophies.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I used to play basketball.

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BRIAN BALDRIGE

The skinny: Came back from knee injury as a junior and has 1,959 yards on 228 carries. Scored 31 TDs. Has 942 yards in the playoffs. Has 3,488 career yards. Played in only one game as a junior.

College: Villanova, Robert Morris and some small colleges are showing interest.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My aunt, Linda Metrovich. She beat lung cancer.

Favorite school subject? History

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? A BMW car.

Food you can't do without? Sour cream and onion Lay's potato chips.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Tiger Woods.

Your most prized possession? My guns for deer hunting.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I enjoy the outdoors a lot.

• • •

 

RYAN SCHLIEPER

The skinny: A big lineman who moves fairly well. Considered one of the top offensive linemen in the WPIAL, but also developed into an adept defensive lineman this season.

College: Has made verbal commitment to Maryland, but a few schools are still trying to recruit him.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? Our coach, Art Walker. He's been like another parent to me.

Favorite school subject? History.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? Some sweet car.

Food you can't do without? Chicken wings.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? LeBron James.

Your most prized possession? My IPod.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I am a religious man.

• • •

 

JEFF SINCLAIR

The skinny: Led the Golden Rams to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals, rushing for 1,222 yards on 194 attempts, and completing 89 of 168 for 1,262 yards. He scored 24 touchdowns and was devastating on defense, as the heart of Highlands' secondary.

College: Does not have a Division I offer, but said he has started to hear from Pitt and Michigan.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? [Highlands coach] Sam Albert. I love playing for him and respect him so much.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? Probably a car, a Hummer.

Food you can't do without? Pizza, from anywhere.

Something you'd change about high school? We'd have two-hour delays every day.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? The Steelers.

Your most prized possession? My computer.

People might be surprised to know that you ... That I am good at chess.

• • •

 

BROCK DECICCO

The skinny: Helped the Jaguars to their third consecutive WPIAL Class AAA title, as he's pulled in 20 passes for 460 yards and eight touchdowns. Also a very good rush end on defense, who has played some at linebacker during Thomas Jefferson's playoff run.

College: Made a commitment to Pitt after also considering offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Tennessee.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? [Thomas Jefferson coach Bill] Cherpak.

Favorite school subject? Lunch.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? I'd buy a car, a BMW.

Something you'd change about high school? I'd let the students leave and go somewhere for lunch and then come back.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? My dad's dad. He died when I was really young.

Your most prized possession? My state championship ring from last year and WPIAL ring from 2006.

People might be surprised to know that you ... That I played in a championship football game every year since seventh grade rec league. We have a 68-4 record since seventh grade.

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JORDAN HALL

The skinny: Not the biggest of backs, but a solidly built runner who can ran past or through a defender, Hall ran for more than 1,000 yards and scored 24 times to lead Jeannette to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals for the third consecutive season. He had 1,374 yards rushing in the two previous seasons. He also is an excellent defensive player.

College: Committed to Ohio State

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My brother, Derrick

Favorite school subject? Math

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? A car, a Rolls-Royce.

Food you can't do without? Bacon.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Eva Mendes.

Your most prized possession? My friends.

People might be surprised to know that you ... That I like to play ping-pong.

• • •

 

KEVIN WEATHERSPOON

The skinny: Led the Bears to the WPIAL Class A championship and had a tremendously productive year at receiver for one of the state's most potent offenses. Has caught 47 passes for 1,294 yards (27.5 average) and 23 touchdowns. Also has seven interceptions on defense.

College: Already has an offer from Pitt and said he should receive more Divsion I offers over the summer.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My brother, James Weatherspoon II.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? I would take care of as many people in my family as I could, because they have taken care of me through the years.

Food you can't do without? Chicken.

Something you'd change about high school? The dress code.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? My granddad. He died before I could know him.

Your most prized possession? My teammates. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I am a really good guy once you get to know me. Also, I am a huge team player, I worry about winning more than anything.

• • •

 

MIKE BONGIVENGO

The skinny: The son of New Castle coach Frank Bongivengo, Mike had tremendous command of his team's spread offense and had 2,934 yards offensive in 12 games. He completed 133 of 217 for 2,011 yards and rushed for 923 on 130 attempts in leading his squad to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals.

College: Has been talking to some smaller schools.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My grandpa [Frank Bongivengo, Sr., New Castle's quarterbacks coach and former head coach at Shenango].

Favorite school subject? Math. I like working with numbers.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? I'd buy my mom a Lexus.

Food you can't do without? Wings. From anywhere.

Something you'd change about high school? Our dress policy. I'd alter it a little.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Jay Cutler.

Your most prized possession? My two, back-to-back powder puff coaching championships.

• • •

 

NICO PRICE

The skinny: A brute fullback in the signature McKeesport flexbone attack, Price rushed for 1,052 yards and 14 touchdowns on 152 carries. He was also a demolishing blocker and, on defense, a sure-armed tackler for the Tigers.

College: Has scholarship offers from Ohio, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Youngstown State. Said that Connecticut and Pitt have also shown interest.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My grandmother, Linda Hewitt.

Favorite school subject? Math.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? I would donate a lot of it to McKeesport High School.

Something you'd change about high school? I'd change the violence here.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? My grandmother, Dorothy Rochelle. She died in my arms of a stroke in November of 2005.

Your most prized possession ? My friend, Eddie Gooden.

People might be surprised to know that you ... People think I am mean, because of my looks, but I am laid back and make friends very easily.

• • •

 

DAN MASON

The skinny: One of the top linebackers in the state, Mason helped the Indians to seven consecutive wins down the stretch and into the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals. He's just as comfortable covering a tight end as he is stopping the run.

College: Has numerous offers and has pared his list down to Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Boston College and Toledo.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? [Penn Hills head] coach Ron Graham.

Favorite school subject? Algebra.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? I would renovate my church, the Inner City Ministries in East Liberty.

Something you'd change about high school? We would get out of school a little earlier.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Ray Lewis.

Your most prized possession? My Bible.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I only hang around people from the team, so they already know everything about me.

• • •

 

TYRONE EZELL

The skinny: A raw talent who moved to Homestead a few years ago from the south side of Chicago, Ezell is one of the fiercest pass-rushers in the state and a tremendous pure athlete who has scary brute strength.

College: Committed to Pitt after also considering Ohio State, Colorado and Virginia, among others.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My cousin here in Homestead, Michael Bursey

Favorite school subject? It used to be math, but now it is English.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? A car. I would get that new Challenger.

Food you can't do without? My mom's baked beans.

Something you'd change about high school? Lunches, we'd have something different and new every day. It just seems like we eat a lot of the same stuff.

Your most prized possession? My health.

People might be surprised to know that you ... That I listen to country music.

• • •

 

JOHN SCHADEMAN

The skinny: Has caught 35 passes for 880 yards and 12 scores in helping lead the Black Hawks to the WPIAL Class AAAA title. Is a downfield threat and also a solid possession receiver. On defense, he is not afraid to lay a big hit.

College: Does not have a college offer, but wants to play football at ther next level.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? All of my coaches since rec league.

Favorite school subject? Trigonometry.

Food you can't do without? I love crab legs.

Something you'd change about high school? I'd make it a four-day week.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? Steve Breaston [of the Arizona Cardinals]. He is why I wear No. 15.

Your most prized possession? My friends.

People might be surprised to know that you? I love to play video games, especially NCAA 2009 football.

• • •

 

LYLE MARSH

The skinny:One of the primary reaons Bethel Park won the WPIAL Class AAAA title. Missed two games, but has rushed for 1,086 yards on 177 carries and caught 21 passes for 336 yards. Has 2,057 yards rushing in two seasons.

College: Marsh is an excellent student and is being recuited by a handful of Ivy League schools, including Cornell, Princeton, Pennsylvnia and Yale.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? Jim Gastgeb, my youth league coach who got me going into football.

Favorite school subject? AP calculus II.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? A really nice house.

Food you can't do without? Definitely steak.

Something you'd change about high school? More free time during the day.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? [Model] Adriana Lima.

Your most prized possession? We're getting championship rings, but don't have them yet. So I'd say my championship trophy when I was 13.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I have a 4.4 grade-point average.

• • •

 

TODD THOMAS

The skinny: Versatile player who rushed for 865 yards on 121 carries and caught 21 passes for 557 yards. Three-year starter had 2,786 career yards rushing on 366 carries, and scored 53 TDs. Also one of the top basketball players in the WPIAL.

College: Has made a verbal commitment to Pitt. Was recruited as a receiver.

Other than a parent, who has been a role model to you? My basketball coach [Doug Biega] and my football coach [Ryan Matsook], too.

Favorite school subject? Math.

Food you can't do without? Chicken

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? Some jewelry.

Something you'd change about high school? You should be allowed to wear hats and listen to music while you work.

You'd like to spend a day with ...? My girlfriend.

Your most prized possession? My IPod.

People might be surprised to know that you ... I'm spoiled. If I don't get my way, it's over.



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