The Trib's High School All-Preseason football team
There's a reason Central Catholic, Gateway and Woodland Hills are early favorites to challenge for the WPIAL Class AAAA championship. All three are deep with talent. The three traditionally strong programs have combined to place 13 players on the Trib's All-Preseason Football Team, which highlights athletes from the WPIAL, City League and District 6 schools in Westmoreland County.
Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette, jr., 6-3, 180
J.J. Cosentino, Central Catholic, sr., 6-5, 220
Ryan Gumbita, Mt. Pleasant, sr., 6-4, 210
Chase Keller, Greensburg CC, sr., 6-4, 190
Chandler Kincade, Blackhawk, sr., 6-5, 240
Levi Metheny, Bethel Park, so., 6-0, 180
Dan Stratton, Beaver Falls, sr., 6-2, 175
Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox, sr., 6-0, 190
Know this With 1,533 yards more, Williams would break the WPIAL's career passing record held by Brumbaugh's brother Christian. Cosentino (Florida State) and Kincade (Akron) have made verbal commitments.
Dennis Briggs, S.S. Academy, sr., 5-11, 195
Chayse Dillon, West Allegheny, jr., 5-11, 190
P.J. Fulmore, North Catholic, jr., 5-7, 170
Shai McKenzie, Washington, sr., 6-0, 215
Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills, so., 6-0, 170
Josh Schultheis, Mars, jr., 6-1, 225
Terry Swanson, Aliquippa, sr., 5-9, 185
James Wheeler, West Mifflin, sr., 5-9, 165
Know this McKenzie and Wheeler each surpassed 2,000 rushing yards last season (led by McKenzie's 2,689), while Swanson, Schultheis and Fulmore each topped 1,400. Briggs has verbally committed to Pitt.
Troy Apke, Mt. Lebanon, sr., 6-2, 190
Marcus Johnson, USO, sr., 6-2, 165
Trevon Mathis, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-0, 170
Delvon Randall, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 195
Ricky Rogers, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 190
Shafer Swann, Central Catholic, sr., 6-2, 175
Justin Watson, South Fayette, sr., 6-2, 185
Elijah Zeise, North Allegheny, sr., 6-3, 195
Know this Apke, a Penn State recruit, leads all returning WPIAL players after making 54 catches for 1,048 yards last season. Zeise (Pitt), Rogers (WVU), Randall (Temple) and Watson (Penn) already have committed to college programs.
Max Augenstein, Peters Township, sr., 6-4, 240
Alec Bloom, Ligonier Valley, sr., 6-7, 240
Jojuan Bray, Clairton, sr., 6-2, 175
Allan Cratsenberg, Highlands, sr., 6-3, 220
Sage Curry, Beaver Falls, sr., 6-1, 200
Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area, sr., 6-4, 230
Andrew Podbielski, Blackhawk, sr., 6-5, 240
Jake Sweitzer, Belle Vernon, sr., 6-4, 250
Know this Podbielski (Akron) and Bloom (UConn) have a great combination of size and skill, a trait most everyone on this list shares.
Alex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon, sr., 6-6, 295
Scott Evans, Brashear, sr., 6-3, 240
Daniel Gibson, Woodland Hills, jr., 6-3, 250
Mike Grimm, Bethel Park, sr., 6-5, 325
Sterling Jenkins, Baldwin, jr., 6-8, 295
Alex Paulina, Canon-McMillan, jr., 6-4, 295
Tony Pilato, Hempfield, jr., 6-7, 315
Connor Shinsky, Knoch, sr., 6-5, 265
Know this Grimm (Pitt) and Bookser are among the most coveted line recruits in the state, and Evans committed to Harvard. But the rising junior class also has an abundance of talent.
Max Adams, Hempfield, sr., 6-2, 240
Rori Blair, Upper St. Clair, sr., 6-3, 210
Brock Boxen, Beaver Falls, sr., 6-4, 285
Darrius Carter, Indiana, sr., 6-5, 205
Zack DeLuca, Central Catholic, sr., 6-2, 245
Jaleel Fields, Aliquippa, sr., 6-2, 260
Jarred Fragapane, North Catholic, sr., 6-4, 230
Adam Mihoci, Franklin Regional, sr., 6-1, 285
Know this These two-way starters have a knack for defense. Blair (Pitt), Boxen (Akron), Carter (Temple) and Fragapane (Lafayette) have made college plans, but Fields (multiple offers) and others will follow.
Brendan Blair, Sto-Rox, sr., 6-0, 185
Cole Macek, Montour, sr., 6-0, 225
Justice Rawlins, Monessen, sr., 6-0, 245
Layne Skundrich, No. Allegheny, jr., 5-11, 190
Nate Stone, Greensburg CC, sr., 6-1, 220
Brenon Thrift, Gateway, sr., 6-4, 240
Chase Winovich, Thomas Jefferson, sr., 6-4, 220
Dan Zajac, Ambridge, sr., 6-1, 225
Know this Winovich, a Michigan recruit, headlines the WPIAL's linebacker class along with Curry (WVU) and Thrift (Temple). Skundrich was NA's leading tackler as a sophomore.
Anthony Davis, Gateway, sr., 6-0, 180
Dravon Henry, Aliquippa, sr., 5-11, 190
Malik Hooker, New Castle, sr., 6-2, 175
Montae Nicholson, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 205
Harry Randall, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-0, 180
Tre Tarpley, Central Catholic, sr., 6-0, 180
Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge, jr., 6-1, 160
Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley, jr., 6-0, 180
Know this The secondary holds many of the WPIAL's top recruits this season; Hooker committed to Ohio State and Davis picked Temple, but Henry and Nicholson still must decide from among dozens of scholarship offers.
JaQuan Davidson, Elizabeth Forward, sr., 6-4, 185
Tory Delmonico, West Allegheny, sr., 6-2, 195
Clintell Gillaspie, Monessen, sr., 6-0, 225
Brandon Mitchell, Fox Chapel, sr., 6-6, 205
Know this All four have a designated position on the roster, but they could line up anywhere on the field. Davidson carried, caught and threw TDs a season ago.
Danny Christenson, Bethel Park, sr., 5-8, 150
Dom DelGreco, Seton-La Salle, sr., 5-8, 160
Adam Mitcheson, Kiski Area, sr., 6-2, 190
Matt White, Mars, sr., 6-1, 175
Know this All four have been all-conference selections, including DelGreco, who was chosen as the Century's top punter and kicker last season.