Earlier this sesason, Gateway coach Terry Smith called his secondary "the best in the country."
That is debatable, but Smith's four defensive backs certainly are unusual in this respect: It looks like all four will end up at a Division I college.
Safeties Montae Nicholson and Anthony Davis, and cornerback Delvon Randall are juniors but all have scholarship offers from Division I colleges already. Todd Jeter is a senior cornerback who doesn't have a Division I offer yet, but Smith said, "He will have offers by the time we finish the season."
"Clairton has three guys who play some at defensive back and have Division I offers," Smith said. "Clairton has a good group of kids. But it is unusual to have four like we do, and three of them are juniors."
Nicholson (6 feet 3, 195 pounds) is a big, aggressive defensive back and is the most heavily recruited of the group. He already has scholarship offers from Pitt, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, West Virginia, Rutgers, Texas Tech and Toledo. He has visited a number of those colleges.
"Right now he's just absorbing things and taking it in," Smith said. "It's too early for him to be narrowing things down."
Davis (6-1, 190) has offers from Maryland, Texas Tech and Toledo. Randall (6-1, 190) just got his first scholarship offer earlier this week from Toledo.
Nicholson, Jeter and Randall all play offense, also.
WPIAL wrestling power Canon-McMillan will have three Division I college recruits on the mats this season. All three made verbal commitments to colleges in recent months.
Senior Cody Wiercioch is a Pitt recruit. Wiercioch is a two-time champion at both the WPIAL and PIAA level. He has a 123-4 career record and competed at 170 pounds last season.
Senior Connor Schram has committed to Stanford. He has won two WPIAL titles and one PIAA championship and has a 114-8 career record. He competed at 120 pounds last season.
Junior Solomon Chishko has already accepted a scholarship to Virginia Tech. He is a two-time WPIAL champion with a 90-7 record. He competed at 138 pounds last year.
Baldwin running back Dorian Brown recently made a verbal commitment to Ohio University of the Mid-American Conference. Brown rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season and more than 3,000 yards in his career. He also had a couple other scholarship offers from Mid-American Conference schools.hsfootball
(Ken Wunderley of the Tri-State Sports & News Service contributed to this article.)