Gorman: 5 'bubble kids' are blowing up
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Nothing screams borderline Division I prospect like when a college recruiter asks for the first three games of senior film.
Then again, getting off to a good start can pay great dividends in the process.
“It's very important, especially for a lot of kids they had in camp who were bubble kids,” Scout.com analyst Bob Lichtenfels said. “Maybe they didn't do enough to earn a scholarship but intrigued the staff. Maybe they didn't have much film. Or had an injury.
“It's to see if the initial evaluation is spot-on, or if they only had a highlight film to go on and want to see game film. Every once in a while, a kid comes out of nowhere and blows up.”
These five players are blowing up so far:
Dorian Brown, 5-10, 195, RB, Baldwin: Entered the season with offers from Akron, Navy and Ohio. Only improved his stock by rushing for 536 yards and six touchdowns on 54 carries in first three games, including 174 yards against Penn Hills Thursday on Root Sports.
Dakota Bruggeman, 6-4, 205, QB-WR, Knoch: After three seasons as a seldom-used receiver in a run-first offense, Bruggeman completed 12 of 27 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in the Knights' first two games.
“Coaches think, ‘If the kid is good enough to play D-I football, why didn't he start last year?' ” Lichtenfels said. “He's putting up pretty good numbers, and his size is intriguing.”
Danny Ferens, 6-1, 187, QB-S, Penns Manor: The District 6-A star and Steelers business administrator's son ran for 2,000 yards last year and had 293 yards and three scores in his first two games. He projects as a safety.
“He's very intelligent and he's tough,” Lichtenfels said. “If somebody takes a chance on him, they're going to look back in three or four years and say that he was a steal.”
DeSean Roberts, 6-0, 185, WR, Brashear: Mostly an outside linebacker last year, Roberts had 12 catches for 210 yards in the first two games and added an 18-yard touchdown grab Thursday against Westinghouse.
Devin Wilson, 6-4, 175, WR-DB, Montour: Wilson has 16 catches for 346 yards and four TDs and answered concerns about his 40-yard dash time with a strong showing in a Week 2 showdown at Central Valley.
“Everybody wanted to see Robert Foster and Jordan Whitehead, but he showed he has speed, is gritty and a competitor,” Lichtenfels said. “That Thursday night game was big for him, and he stepped up.”
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Tomlin/Colbert drafts deserve another look
- Man dies following jump from bridge in Manor
- Mayor: Mall brawl gives Monroeville a black eye
- Maatta, other injured Penguins take part in workout
- New Pitt coach Narduzzi walks in his father’s shoes
- Elizabeth Warren is no ‘populist’
- Rural gas gathering pipelines kindle concerns about safety laws
- ‘Kill for Thrill’ perps longest on Pa. death row
- Steelers-Bengals rivalry typically heats up when December arrives
- Staying true to Pittsburgh neighborhoods a challenge for developers
- Orpik, Niskanen greeted warmly by Penguins fans