Tribune-Review's All-Preseason Team
North Allegheny and Gateway, the WPIAL's top-ranked teams in Class AAAA, are favorites for a reason. It's the same reason Central Valley, Aliquippa and Clairton are highly acclaimed. All five teams have an abundance talented individuals. Combined they have 18 players on the Trib's All-Preseason Football Team, which highlights athletes from the WPIAL, City League and District 6 schools in Westmoreland County.
By design, the team has 38 offensive players (8 QBs, 8 RBs, 8 WRs, 6 TEs, 8 OLs), 24 defensive players (8 DLs, 8 LBs, 8 DBs), 8 specialists and 4 athletes. No player was put on the team at more than one position.
Jordan Brown, Seneca Valley, sr., 6-2, 160
Luke Brumbaugh, Seton-La Salle, sr., 6-2, 190
Chandler Kincade, Blackhawk, jr., 6-5, 210
Mack Leftwich, North Allegheny, sr., 5-11, 190
Chavas Rawlins, Monessen, sr., 6-2, 190
Eddie Stockett, McKeesport, sr., 6-4, 210
Thomas Woodson, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 200
Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox, jr., 6-0, 180
Know this: The WPIAL this season has strong-armed pocket passers and dual-threat quarterbacks with Division I scholarships. Four of the eight already have committed to FBS programs: Kincade to Pitt, Rawlins to WVU, Stockett to Akron and Woodson to Arizona.
Brock Baranowski, Pine-Richland, sr., 5-9, 160
Forrest Barnes, Seneca Valley, sr., 5-10, 175
Dane Brown, Franklin Regional, sr., 5-7, 190
Dorian Brown, Baldwin, sr., 5-10, 170
Patrick Ferguson, Allderdice, sr., 6-0, 240
Darin Franklin, Gateway, sr., 5-9, 180
Shai McKenzie, Washington, jr., 6-0, 215
Isiah Neely, OLSH, sr., 5-8, 175
• Know this: Nine of the 10 surpassed 1,000 rushing yards a season ago, led by Dane Brown with 1,960. The only exception was Franklin, who had an ACL tear that limited him to 823. Barnes might be the most versatile, having also caught 45 passes last year.
Troy Apke, Mt. Lebanon, jr., 6-2, 175
Zach Challingsworth, South Fayette, sr., 6-2, 190
Robert Foster, Central Valley, sr., 6-2, 185
Gregg Garrity, North Allegheny, sr., 5-9, 150
Tom Greene, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-3, 185
Zach Schademan, Thomas Jefferson, sr., 6-0, 175
Terrish Webb, Clairton, sr., 6-0, 170
Devin Wilson, Montour, sr., 6-4, 185
• Know this: The talent at this position might be the WPIAL's deepest, with Foster as headliner. Wilson led the WPIAL with 72 catches a year ago, but Challingsworth and Schademan could challenge him for the 2012 receptions title. Challingsworth, a Pitt recruit, had 49 last year. Shademan had 48.
Donovan Cobb, Aliquippa, jr., 6-1, 215
C.J. Jackson, Pine-Richland, sr., 6-3, 210
Mike Kish, Brentwood, sr., 6-5, 230
Marcus Martin, West Mifflin, sr., 6-2 190
Scott Orndoff, Seton-La Salle, sr., 6-5, 250
Jaymar Parrish, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 225
• Know this: Kish (Akron), Orndoff (Pitt) and Parrish (Pitt) are talented pass-catchers already committed to colleges. Any of the three could line up at receiver. Cobb, whose brother Ashton played at Kentucky, also has Division I talent.
Matt Barone, Montour, sr., 6-3, 290
Alex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon, jr., 6-5, 295
Mike Grimm, Bethel Park, jr., 6-7, 320
Pat Hall, Thomas Jefferson, sr., 6-1, 230
Dorian Johnson, Belle Vernon, sr., 6-6, 290
Pat Kugler, North Allegheny, sr., 6-4, 265
Austin Park, Upper St. Clair, sr., 6-0, 250
Alex Paulina, Canon-McMillan, so., 6-4, 290
• Know this: Kugler and Johnson are the best offensive line recruits in the state. Kugler picked Michigan months ago, but Pitt, Ohio State and others are pursuing Johnson, who once was a Penn State recruit. Barone is Temple bound.
Brock Boxen, Beaver Falls, jr., 6-3, 250
Zack DeLuca, Central Catholic, jr., 6-1, 250
Jaleel Fields, Aliquippa, jr., 6-2, 260
Ty Haddock, Montour, sr., 6-0, 300
R.J. Hughes, Gateway, sr., 6-4, 275
Micah Tennant, Ligonier Valley, sr., 6-6, 290
Jawan Turner, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-0, 245
Dustin Windemaker, West Allegheny, sr., 6-3, 250
• Know this: Many of these eight will also play offense, but they have shown themselves to be disruptive defenders. That includes Haddock, a two-way tackle committed to Temple. Tennant, a Westmoreland County standout from District 6, has many scholarship offers.
Alex Beasley, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-0, 230
Myles Catlin, University Prep, sr., 5-10, 215
Hodari Christian, McKeesport, sr., 6-1, 210
Mike Dunn, Bishop Canevin, sr., 6-4, 220
Leo Loughery, Central Catholic, sr., 6-2, 225
Justice Rawlins, Monessen, jr., 6-2, 220
Nate Stone, Greensburg C.C., jr, 6-1, 220
Brenon Thrift, Gateway, jr., 6-3, 230
• Know this: The linebackers are led by WVU-bound Christian, the fourth D1 FBS defender from McKeesport in three years. All five senior LBs are talented tacklers, and the three juniors already are drawing praise.
DaRon Clark, Perry, sr., 6-3, 180
Brendan Coniker, North Allegheny, sr., 6-1, 180
Brendan Edwards, Imani Christian, sr., 5-10, 175
Zach Guiser, Greensburg C.C., sr., 6-1, 190
Dravon Henry, Aliquippa, jr., 5-11, 160
Titus Howard, Clairton, sr., 6-4, 175
Montae Nicholson, Gateway, jr., 6-1, 180
Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley, so., 5-11, 175
• Know this: With size and speed, these eight could make a decent college secondary in a couple years. Guiser (Akron) and Howard (Pitt) already are committed. Whitehead and Henry, a 1,400-yard rusher in 2011, could have been listed as running backs.
Tyler Boyd, Clairton, sr., 6-1, 170
Dakota Bruggeman, Knoch, sr., 6-5, 200
Brandon Mitchell, Fox Chapel, jr., 6-5, 180
Harry Randall, Woodland Hills, jr., 6-0, 180
• Know this: These players are hard to define. Boyd ranks among the best in the WPIAL, but at what position? He's a talented defensive back and receiver, with dozens of scholarship offers, yet rushed for 2,400 yards and 41 TDs at tailback. This year he could play QB.
Allan Cratsenburg, Highlands, jr., 6-3, 220
Adam Mitcheson, Kiski Area, jr., 6-2, 190
Tyler Roth, Mt. Lebanon, sr., 6-2, 180
Nick Santiago, Ambridge, sr., 6-0, 181
• Know this: These four were all-conference punters a season ago. Roth and Santiago are both quarterbacks, also.
Nate Dearth, Montour, sr., 6-0, 180
Matt Loughnane, Penn-Trafford, sr., 5-10, 165
Michael Masarik, Highlands, sr., 5-11, 165
Tyler Matusak, Derry, sr., 6-0, 185
• Know this: These kickers combined for 27 field goals, including a league-leading nine by Loughnane. Dearth is a Northwestern soccer recruit.