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Top 10 Western Pennsylvania recruits for the Class of 2015

| Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 9:57 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead fends off Montour's Christian Tanny during the first quarter Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Robinson.

The top 10 Western Pennsylvania recuits for the Class of 2015, as picked by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

1. Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley (above)

5-foot-11, 180 pounds, cornerback

Whitehead headlines a WPIAL recruiting class that overall is rather short on scholarship offers. Yet, he has more than a dozen. Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia have offered, along with Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and others. A defensive back with a knack for big plays, college coaches also like Whitehead's ability to return kicks. Rivals lists him as a four-star recruit (No. 208 overall).

2. Sterling Jenkins, Baldwin

6-foot-8, 300 pounds, offensive line

Ranked No. 28 nationally, Jenkins was the only WPIAL player to make the Rivals100. Labeled a four-star talent, coaches covet Jenkins' athleticism and NFL size. Rivals ranks him as the fourth best tackle recruit in the country. Jenkins has more than a dozen scholarship offers, but has mentioned Pitt, Penn State, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio State and Tennessee among his favorites.

3. Alex Paulina, Canon-McMillan

6-foot-4, 280 pounds, offensive line

A Pitt commit, Paulina has started since his freshman season, when he first earned all-conference honors. Injuries hampered his past two seasons, but he also collected offers from West Virginia and Virginia Tech before verbally committing Jan. 18.

4. Nick Bowers, Kittanning

6-foot-4, 235 pounds, tight end

Another Pitt recruit, Bowers verbally committed Jan. 28. A versatile athlete, he played linebacker and wide receiver last season, but at times was a wildcat quarterback. Pitt, the first school to offer Bowers a scholarship, considers him a tight end.

5. Kevin Givens, Altoona

6-foot-3, 225 pounds, linebacker

Yes, Altoona plays WPIAL football. Already a two-year starter who earned all-conference honors in the Quad East, Givens touts offers from Pitt and Temple.

6. Tony Pilato, Hempfield

6-foot-7, 310 pounds, offensive line

Rather new to football, Pilato has ideal size for a tackle. And his basketball background shows he's quicker than many 300 pounders. He received a Pitt offer in December, said coach Rich Bowen, but has not committed.

7. Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette

6-foot-4, 200 pounds, quarterback

The third QB brother in his family, Brumbaugh broke the WPIAL's single-season passing record last fall. He has offers from Temple and Akron.

8. Cory Owen, Peters Township

6-foot-2, 195 pounds, quarterback

A dual-threat quarterback, Owen had 10 rushing touchdowns last season. He has a scholarship offer from Toledo, coach Rich Piccinini said.

9. Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge

6-foot-1, 160 pounds, wide receiver

Tipton doesn't yet have a scholarship offer. However, Michigan State assistants just recently visited, coach John Skiba said. Tipton had 44 catches and 14 touchdowns last season.

10. Dane Jackson, Quaker Valley

6-foot-2, 170 pounds, athlete

Jackson, a Cornell student, established himself last season playing quarterback for the Quakers. An outstanding athlete with good speed, he'll likely plenty of attention.

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