Recruit Report: Eastern Pa. has more blue chippers

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When it comes to the area that has the most highly touted players in the state, look to the east this year.

Eastern Pennsylvania has more of the cream of the crop this season -- and more Division I prospects overall. The east already has more than two dozen players who have made verbal commitments to Division I-A colleges while the west has about a dozen.

According to, Pennsylvania has eight high school players who are rated with four stars (five stars is the highest). Six of the eight are from Eastern Pennsylvania. The only two Western Pennsylvania players with four stars are Baldwin offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins and Central Valley defensive back Jordan Whitehead.

Penn State has hit Eastern Pennsylvania hard and landed five of the four-star players. They are St. Joseph's Prep defensive back John Reid, Great Valley defensive lineman Ryan Bucholz, Archbishop Wood offensive lineman Ryan Bates, Whitehall running back Saquon Barkley and Bishop McDevitt running back Andre Robinson.

The other eastern four-star player is Imhotep Charter receiver D.J. Moore, who has made a verbal commitment to Maryland.

Rutgers also apparently has tried to make inroads in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Scarlet Knights have verbal commitments from five players there, but the highest-rated is only three-star Pennsbury offensive lineman Charles Snorweah.

Whitehead makes visits

Central Valley's Whitehead is the only one of the four-star players in Pennsylvania who has not made a college decision, but Whitehead plans to announce his college choice Oct. 3.

Whitehead has started to make official visits. He visited Pitt last weekend and is going to Ohio State this weekend. He said he also plans to make trips to Penn State and West Virginia.

Junior recruiting

Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders is only a junior, but already has made a college decision, making a verbal commitment to Penn State this summer.

Freeport linebacker Logan Thimons is another WPIAL junior who already has decided, accepting a scholarship from West Virginia in early August.

At least two other WPIAL juniors have scholarship offers from major colleges. Central Catholic defensive back Damar Hamlin recently received a scholarship offer from Ohio State. Pitt and Penn State already have offered Hamlin, who is rated among the top junior defensive backs in the eastern part of the country.

McKeesport junior fullback-wingback Khaleke Hudson has offers from Pitt and West Virginia and believes Penn State also might offer soon.

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