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Aliquippa's Patrick Anderson catches a halfback pass for a touchdown in front of Beaver Falls' Dalton Cleckley on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Reeves Field in Beaver Falls.

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6-4, 185

Junior, WR

Aliquippa

Notable: He had 20 catches for 381 yards and eight TDs last year.

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With two 4,000-yard rushers and many lopsided wins, Aliquippa didn't need to pass much last season. So few outside Beaver County knew much about junior wideout Patrick Anderson.

At least not until some remarkable catches in the WPIAL Class AA championship.

“That was the game that definitely put him on the map,” said Aliquippa assistant Sherm McBride of the 6-foot-4 receiver who was a standout in November at Heinz Field. “When you have great players like Dravon (Henry) and (Terry) Swanson, it's hard to pass the ball. ... But this year, I think you'll see more.”

Anderson has scholarship offers from Akron, West Virginia and Western Michigan. McBride took Anderson and Quips lineman Arrington Gipson (6-1, 300) to Pitt earlier this month. Anderson also visited Penn State and West Virginia.

“He has great hands, he runs great patterns and he finishes well,” McBride said. “He attacks the ball and gets to his destination.”

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