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.