South Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

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Troy Apke

Mt. Lebanon

WR, 6-2, 190, Sr.

Apke, a Penn State recruit, accounted for nearly 60 percent of Lebo's passing attack. He used his speed to haul in 40 receptions for 728 yards and nine touchdowns, and his return-game production helped him lead the Blue Devils with 1,195 all-purpose yards.

Matt Bernadowski

Elizabeth Forward

WR, 6-2, 170, Sr.

Call him "Big-Play Bernadowski." An outstanding athlete who is one of the top track hurdlers in the state, Bernadowski averaged 26.1 yards on 29 receptions (758 yards). His 21 touchdowns included four on punt returns and two on kickoff returns.

Alex Bookser

Mt. Lebanon

OL-DL, 6-6, 295, Sr.

Ranked by Rivals.com as one of the top 25 offensive tackles in the country, Bookser displayed a combination of size, skill and athleticism that drew him scholarship offers from many top colleges. Last week, Bookser chose Pitt over Ohio State and Tennessee.

JaQuan Davidson

Elizabeth Forward

QB-DB, 6-4, 180, Sr.

A Pitt wide receiver recruit, Davidson excelled as a dual-threat quarterback the past two years. He was one of only four WPIAL quarterbacks to pass (1,038 and 14 touchdowns) and rush (1,109 yards and 15 touchdowns) for more than 1,000 yards this season.

Austin Fields

Belle Vernon Area

OL-DL, 6-1, 250, Sr.

The tough-as-nails anchor of Belle Vernon's offensive and defensive lines, Fields, a four-year starter, was one of four Big Nine Conference players named all-conference on offense and defense, earning that distinction for the second season in a row.

Patrick Frey

McGuffey

RB-LB, 5-10, 220, Sr.

McGuffey's Ed Dalton, a 30-plus year coaching veteran, called Frey the best player he has ever coached. Frey was a force on both sides of the ball, rushing for 1,290 yards and 22 touchdowns, and leading the Highlanders with 126 tackles and five interceptions.

Clintell Gillaspie

Monessen

RB, 6-0, 224, Sr.

Described by Monessen coach Andy Pacak as "a beast," Gillaspie used his power and speed to place second in the WPIAL with 31 touchdowns. Gillaspie finished with more than 500 yards rushing (1,218) and receiving (565) for the second year in a row.

Mike Grimm

Bethel Park

OL, 6-6, 308, Sr.

A mammoth, yet athletic offensive tackle, Grimm fielded interest from dozens of Division I schools before picking Pitt last summer. He paved the way for a rushing attack that helped the Black Hawks reach the postseason for the 13th consecutive season.

Carlos Hudson

McKeesport Area

LB-RB, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Hudson was an All-Foothills Conference linebacker for a team that went undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1994. Hudson led the Tigers with 88 tackles and was second with six sacks. He also rushed for 263 yards and four touchdowns.

Ben Huss

Upper St. Clair

OL-DL, 6-3, 275, Sr.

Extremely mobile for his size, Huss helped the Southeastern Conference champions average 246 rushing yards per game. Defensively, he had 46 tackles and four sacks, making him one of the standouts on a unit that had six shutouts.

Sterling Jenkins

Baldwin

OT, 6-8, 300, Jr.

Jenkins continued to flash the talent that has made him one of the country's most coveted offensive tackles in his class. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 4 offensive tackle and No. 28 overall player in the Class of 2015. He already has more than a dozen offers.

Nico Law

Ringgold

QB, 6-1, 185, Jr.

Opposing defenses had major difficulty fighting the "Law." There might not have been a better dual-threat quarterback in Western Pennsylvania than Law, who passed for 1,494 yards and 14 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,210 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Aaron Mathews

Clairton

QB-DB, 6-5, 171, Soph.

So much for it being a rebuilding season for Clairton. With one of the top sophomores in the WPIAL at the helm, the Bears went 10-2 and reached the Class A semifinals. Mathews led the Bears in rushing (1,010 yards), passing (515 yards) and touchdowns (15).

Shai McKenzie

Washington

RB-DB, 6-0, 216, Sr.

Before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the third game, McKenzie was electric, rushing for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns on a whopping 18.1 yards per carry. McKenzie, who committed to Virginia Tech last week, finished his career with 4,856 yards rushing.

Rick Mellick

Seton-LaSalle

LB-RB, 5-10, 180, Jr.

A two-year starter, Mellick was arguably the top linebacker in the Century Conference and helped the Rebels advance to the WPIAL quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row. A straight-A student, he led the Rebels in rushing (396 yards) and was third in receptions (25).

Mikell Moore

McKeesport Area

FB-DL, 6-1, 215, Sr.

No player made as big an impact for the Tigers than Moore, the key runner in coach George Smith's flexbone offense (team highs of 1,029 yards and 17 touchdowns) and an All-Foothills Conference defensive lineman (36 tackles and a team-best 9.5 sacks).

Mat Nagy

Thomas Jefferson

OL-DL, 6-3, 255, Sr.

An All-Big Nine Conference pick on both sides of the ball, Nagy made 34 tackles for a defense that pitched five shutouts and allowed a Class AAA-low 7.8 points per game, and created holes for an offense that amassed 272 yards per game on the ground.

Kyle Page

Upper St. Clair

LB, 5-11, 180, Sr.

The Upper St. Clair defense was nearly impenetrable during the regular season -- allowing just 30 points and shutting out six opponents -- and Page's nose for the ball was a big reason why. He was the team's leading tackler with 88 and added 4.5 sacks.

Cory Pinkerton

Steel Valley

OL-DL, 6-2, 290, Sr.

Whether he was driving back a defensive lineman or in hot pursuit of a ball carrier, Pinkerton was a load to try to slow down. A three-year starter, Pinkerton was named All-Century Conference on offense and defense for the second consecutive season.

Luke Smorey

Baldwin

WR, 6-0, 195, Sr.

Few receivers rivaled what Smorey accomplished this season. In 10 games, he finished fourth in the WPIAL with 58 catches, was one of only four players with more than 1,000 receiving yards (1,059) and scored 18 touchdowns, third among wide receivers.

Jimmy Wheeler

West Mifflin Area

RB, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Equipped with sprinter's speed, Wheeler gouged defenses all season. He led the WPIAL in rushing (2,616 yards) and touchdowns (37). He rushed for more than 200 yards in a game eight times and finished his career as West Mifflin's all-time leading rusher.

Chase Winovich

Thomas Jefferson

LB-RB, 6-4, 220, Sr.

Winovich was one of the most dominant defensive players in the WPIAL. A Michigan recruit, he led the Jaguars with 57 tackles and 13 sacks. He also rushed for 981 yards and 16 touchdowns, highlighted by a pair of 200-yard games late in the season.


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