Top 10 Western Pennsylvania recruits for the Class of 2015
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.