Thursday, August 30, 2007

Unofficial top 10

Without regard to recruiting services, scouting combines or other publications, it's time to unveil the top 10 high school football players in 2007 from the Washington-Greene region:

1. Andrew Sweat, Sr., Trinity, LB/FB
The best defensive player I've seen in my 10 years of covering high school football.

2. Mike Yancich, Sr., Trinity, LB/RB
A freakish, one-of-a-kind athlete. No wonder Trinity coach Ed Dalton calls him "Tarzan."

3. Mike Hull, So., Canon-McMillan, LB/RB
The next great linebacker in Washington County. Insiders say he's a lock to play at Penn State.

4. Donte Valentino, Sr., California, QB/DB
Valentino will likely be a three-time all-state player by the end of this year. He's easily the area's most exciting player and were it not for his size, he'd be a sure-fire Division I prospect.

5. Brandon Weaver, Sr., Trinity, RB/DB
A broken wrist limited Weaver in 2006. Sweat thinks Weaver might be the Hillers best player.

6. Zane Zebrasky, Sr., Canon-McMillan, QB/LB
Zebrasky possesses a strong arm and leadership qualities. He's also one of the toughest QBs in the WPIAL.

7. Jeravin Matthews, Sr., Canon-McMillan, RB/WR
Insanely fast (a 4.22 40-yard dash), Matthews will be utilized as much as possible in the Big Macs offense.

8. Tyler Porco, Sr., Peters Township, QB/LB
New coaches installed a pass-happy offense for Porco, one of the stronger players on the Indians roster.

9. Dave Grillo, Sr., Charleroi, FB/LB
Grillo's size will likely keep Division I schools away but Sweat may be the only local player with more tackles at year's end.

10. Jeff Paletta, Sr., Beth-Center, OL/DL
Beth-Center has been dominant up front on both sides of the ball the last two years. Paletta is a big reason why.

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