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Football Recruiting: Rally 100

RALLY 100

Football Recruiting: Rally 100

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John Reid, a junior cornerback for St. Joseph's Prep, has scholarship offers from Boston College, MIami, USC, and Maryland, among others. He impressed Alabama coach Lou Saban at a recent prospects camp.

RALLY 100

Here is our ranking of the top high school football prospects in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Number of scholarship offers, level of recruiting interest, potential to excel in college, input from coaches, and personal observations were considered when compiling the list. It will change periodically during the season.

Rank Player School Pos. Ht. Wr. Yr.

1. John Reid St. Joseph's Prep DB 5-10 180 Jr.

The savvy and quick cornerback has scholarship offers from top-flight programs across the county, including Boston College, Miami, USC, Maryland, Penn State, and Florida State. Reid has been clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 4.2 seconds in the shuttle run. He has a 37-inch vertical leap. Reid impressed Alabama boss Nick Saban in a three-day visit over the summer. "He's a pretty special kid," Hawks coach Gabe Infante said.

2. Josh Adams Central Bucks South RB 6-2 205 Jr.

Explosive and strong, Adams last season carried 257 times for 2,085 yards and 28 touchdowns while sparking the Titans to a 10-2 record. He has scholarship offers from Penn State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Boston College, Pittsburgh, and Temple. "He's a terrific athlete, does a real nice job of finishing runs," C.B. South coach Dave Rackovan said.

3. Deandre Scott Imhotep Charter DB 5-9 175 Sr.

With his versatility and athleticism, Scott, a strong safety, spurred the Panthers' run last season to the PIAA Class AA state semifinals. He also serves as a Wildcat-formation quarterback. With 30-plus scholarship offers, Scott said he has narrowed his list of finalists to eight: Arizona, Arizona State, Buffalo, Central Florida, Nebraska, Temple, Western Michigan, and West Virginia.

4. Ryan Bates Archbishop Wood OL 6-5 285 Jr.

His stock has been rising steadily since he helped the Vikings advance to the PIAA Class AAA state final. Bates, a hardworking tackle, has scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Rutgers, and Virginia. "He's so athletic," Wood coach Steve Devlin said. "He's probably the most athletic lineman I've ever coached."

5. Dontae Angus Martin Luther King OL 6-6 320 Sr.

Following in the footsteps of former George Washington standout Sharif Floyd, Angus, an offensive tackle, will play at Florida. Since the hulking lineman is relatively new to football, his upside, once he begins working with the Gators' strength and conditioning coaches, is great. Also a defensive tackle, he played last year at now-closed Germantown.

6. Jon Daniel Runyan St. Joseph's Prep OL 6-4 250 Jr.

The son of former Philadelphia Eagles standout Jon Runyan is a stalwart at offensive tackle for the Hawks. In July, he orally committed to Michigan. The elder Runyan was a standout offensive tackle at Michigan from 1992 to 1995. Jon Daniel Runyan, 16, also received recruiting interest from Penn State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin, among others.

7. Tyler Burke Coatesville LB 6-2 235 Sr.

Rugged and athletic, Burke's play at linebacker last season was pivotal in the Red Raiders' march to the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game. Also a tight end, he committed to play for Maryland in late June. Interest also came from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Temple.

8. Eric Gallo Council Rock South OL-DL 6-2 280 Sr.

Most of the running plays in the Golden Hawks' triple-option attack go behind Gallo, who can play guard or center. The Virginia Tech commit also plays on the defensive line. Last season, he earned all-Suburban One League National Conference honors on both sides of the ball. His brother, P.J. is a 6-3, 245-pound tight end at Maryland.

9. Zaire Franklin La Salle LB 6-1 225 Sr.

The Syracuse commit is a vicious hitter, has a high motor, and strong closing speed. Franklin committed to Syracuse in June, choosing the Orangemen over Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, and Temple, among others. The West Oak Lane resident can bench-press 335 pounds, squat 540, and power-clean 300.

10. Jamal Custis Neumann-Goretti WR 6-6 225 Sr.

A standout on the gridiron and hardwood, Custis has scholarship offers in football from Central Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia. He has visited Rutgers and Syracuse. His next planned visit is to Pittsburgh. There's a chance Custis could play football and also be a walk-on hoops player.

11. Thaddius Smith Cardinal O'Hara WR-DB 5-10 170 Sr.

Smith, a Boston College commit, serves the Lions as a speedy cornerback, wide receiver, and kick returner. Projected to be a slot receiver in college, the Aldan resident chose the Eagles over runner-up Temple. Interest also came from James Madison, Massachusetts, Rutgers, Toledo, and Villanova.

12. Luke Carrezola Neshaminy TE-DE 6-3 245 Sr.

The Connecticut recruit posted 47 tackles, including 35 solos, while playing on the edge last season. The Langhorne resident, who notched five sacks, was a first-team all-Suburban One League National Conference pick on both sides of the ball. At tight end, his toughness makes him a solid blocker in a run-dominated attack.

13. Brandon McIlwain Council Rock North QB 6-1 205 So.

A threat with his arm and feet, McIlwain is already hearing from the Division I-A likes of Penn State, Rutgers, and South Carolina. He is working his way back from a thumb injury suffered during baseball season. "He's cleared and ready to go," C.R. North coach Adam Collachi said. With the Indians, McIlwain directs a spread attack.

14. Evan Butts Episcopal Academy TE-DE 6-4 225 Sr.

Butts is projected to be a tight end and possible long snapper at Virginia. Committing to the Cavaliers in late June, he also had scholarship offers from Army, Boston College, Navy, Pittsburgh, and South Florida, among others. He earned first-team all-Inter-Academic League honors last season while helping spark the Churchmen to a 10-0 mark.

15. Rasaan Stewart Perkiomen Valley DB 6-1 185 Sr.

A dynamic quarterback and safety, Stewart has scholarship offers from Boston College, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Syracuse, among others. He is projected to play safety at the next level. At QB last season, Stewart threw for 1,617 yards and ran for 1,206. He was a first-team all-Pioneer Athletic Conference selection on both sides of the ball.

16. Hezekiah Trahan Roman Catholic TE-DE 6-4 235 Sr.

With his physical frame and toughness, Trahan, a two-way end who could also see time at linebacker, is qucikly rising up the ranks. He has scholarship offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, and Massachusetts, among others. Notre Dame is also taking a hard look at the second-team all-Catholic League Class AAAA pick.

17. Daquan Worley Coatesville DB 5-10 185 Sr.

Worley, who is projected to be a cornerback at Penn State, is one of the area's top multipurpose performers. He also contributes for the defending PIAA District 1 Class AAAA champions as a running back and kick returner. Last season, he carried 228 times for 1,777 yards and 20 TDs. He was a second team all-area pick as a mutipurpose performer.

18. Patrick Amara West Catholic DB 6-2 185 Sr.

A wide receiver and free safety for the Burrs, Amara committed to play for Pittsburgh in June. He chose the Panthers over Bowling Green and Central Florida, among others. At Pitt, Amara is projected to be a hybrid safety/outside linebacker. "I know not too many people can match my work ethic," he said. 'When I get there, I really want to prove myself."

19. Kyle Shurmur La Salle QB 6-4 215 Jr.

While this is his first year as a full-time starter, Shurmur, as he showed in 7-on-7 drills over the summer and in training camp, has the smarts, arm strength, and poise to draw serious interest from Division I-A programs. Strong bloodlines, too. The transfer from St. Edward (Ohio) is the son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

20. Aaron Ruff Imhotep Charter OL 6-5 295 Sr.

Look for the Panthers to consistently run behind the beefy and strong right guard. With his blocking last season, Ruff, who has committed to play at Temple, helped Imhotep's high-octane offense average 43 points per game. He also considered scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.

21. Olamide Zaccheaus St. Joseph's Prep RB 5-8 180 Jr.

Another rising member of the Class of 2015, Zaccheaus shined last season while leading the Hawks in rushing. He has scholarship offers from Miami and Temple. Penn State, among others, is also keeping close tabs. While aiding the Hawks' drive to the Catholic League Class AAAA final, he netted 700-plus rushing yards and scored eight TDs.

22. J.T. Blyden Cardinal O'Hara RB 5-11 205 Sr.

Quick and strong for his size, Blyden, coming over from Camden Catholic, is a key cog in the wheel for the Lions' wing-T attack. He committed to Massachusetts last month. Scholarship offers also came from Army, Eastern Michigan, and Rutgers. As a sophomore at Avon Grove, he carried 221 times for 1,127 yards and 10 scores.

23. Greg White West Catholic RB 5-10 185 Sr.

A speedy tailback, White last season carried 197 times for 1,469 yards and 28 scores. In a regular-season win over Catholic League Class AA rival Archbishop Carroll, he carried 20 times for 300 yards and three scores. Also a safety, he has scholarship offers from Central Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Temple, among others.

24. Nasir Bonner Imhotep Charter RB-WR 5-10 180 Jr.

With his quickness, Bonner is primed to take over for David Williams, a, 4700-yard career rusher now at South Carolina, as Imhotep's go-to rusher. He has scholarship offers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Purdue, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. More are sure to come after what promises to be a breakout campaign.

25. Jermaine Norris Mastery North WR-DB 5-11 180 Sr.

A swift wide receiver and free safety, Norris has scholarship offers from Stony Brook and Delaware State. Akron, Old Dominion, Lehigh, Monmouth, Temple, and Penn State have also expressed interest. He was an all-Public League Class AAA selection last season.

26. Ryan Buchholz Great Valley TE-DL 6-5 235 Jr.

27. Delane Hart Martin Luther King WR-LB 6-3 195 Sr.

28. Mike Class Pennridge RB 5-10 185 Sr.

29. Jay Stocker Coatesville WR-DB 6-2 180 Jr.

30. Dimitri Kelly Roman Catholic RB-DB 6-1 190 Jr.

31. Nick Apostolu Springfield (Delco) OL 6-5 305 Sr.

32. Kevin Murphy W.C. East OL-DL 6-3 250 Jr.

33. Joseph Walker Martin Luther King QB 6-4 185 Sr.

34. Ryan Bischoff Plymouth Whitemarsh OL-DL 6-5 285 Jr.

35. Jake Cooper Archbishop Wood FB-LB 6-3 230 Jr.

36. Shareef Miller Frankford DE 6-4 210 Jr.

37. Bryan White W.C. Henderson OL 6-1 260 Jr.

38. Mark Remmey C.B. East OL-DE 6-4 235 Sr.

39. Brandon Feamster Downingtown East DB 6-3 200

40. Ahkeema Evans Coatesville WR-DB 5-11 175 Jr.

41. De'Andre Swift St. Joseph's Prep RB 5-7 175 Fr.

42. Manny Fisher Harry S Truman DE 6-2 255 Sr.

43. Damion Samuels Frankford DB 5-9 170 Sr.

44. Donte Simmons Bristol RB-DB 5-10 175 Jr.

45. Mike Reichwein Downingtown East TE 6-4 250 Sr.

46. Darian Bryant Springside Chestnut Hill OL 6-6 335 So.

47. Deion Oliver Archbishop Wood OL 6-6 285 Sr.

48. Rick Young Souderton OL 6-2 295 Sr.

49. Tyrone Barge Imhotep Charter DL 6-1 275 Sr.

50. Jarred Jones Spring-Ford RB 5-11 195 Sr.

51. Mark Caputo Unionville DL 6-2 285 Sr.

52. Asa Manley Northeast ATH 6-0 175 Jr.

53. Ryley Angeline Downingtown East RB 6-3 215 Sr.

54. Tyler Zilen Boyertown TE-DL 6-4 240 Sr.

55. Mike Ockimey Bonner-Prendergast WR-DB 6-3 190 Sr.

56. Kevin Leyden Haverford High RB 6-1 180 Sr.

57. Troy Gallen Malvern Prep MP 6-0 175 Sr.

58. Sean Steinmetz W.C. Rustin LB 6-1 220 Sr.

59. Randell Hunter Imhotep Charter LB 6-1 2205 Sr.

60. Craig Reynolds Abington RB 5-10 190 Sr.

61. Rob Ritrovato W.C. East LB 5-11 200 Sr.

62. Sean Boylan Archbishop Ryan TE-DE 6-4 220 Sr.

63. Walter Pegues Central RB-DB 5-9 160 Sr.

64. Jerry Lanier Academy Park RB 5-9 165 Sr.

65. Kendall Singleton Archbishop Wood DB 5-9 155 Sr.

66. Alec Petrillo Downingtown East OL 6-3 270 Sr.

67. Terry Loper W.C. Rustin RB-DB 5-10 180 Jr.

68. Dashawn Darden Cardinal O'Hara ATH 5-10 170 Sr.

69. Dave Stellato Wissahickon ATH 5-11 170 Sr.

70. Terrell Smith Episcopal Academy DB 6-0 175 Sr.

71. Mike Fowler Pottsgrove ATH 6-0 170 Jr.

72. Nyeem Thrones Imhotep Charter DB 5-10 175 Sr.

73. John Graham Prep Charter WR 6-3 170 Sr.

74. Zaire Hollerway George Washington DL 6-2 275 Sr.

75. John Nassib Malvern Prep TE/DE 6-5 220 Sr.

76. Zach Talley Lansdale Catholic TE-DE 6-3 225 Sr.

77. Matt Gould Interboro OL 6-5 310 Sr.

78. Chauncey Simmons Haverford School OL 6-4 325 Jr.

79. Patrick Finn Pottsgrove OL-DL 6-3 250 Jr.

80. Teddy Field Garnet Valley OL 6-6 310 So.

81. Eric Trainor Cardinal O'Hara DE 6-5 250 Sr.

82. Shane Kraynik Pennridge OL 6-5 230 Sr.

83. Hayes Nolte Germantown Academy QB 6-4 230 Sr.

84. Denny Lord Neshaminy FB-LB 6-1 225 Sr.

85. Tim Aikins Haverford School OL 6-3 305 Jr.

86. Taleem Muhammad Imhotep Charter OL 6-6 305 Sr.

87. Brandon Ilkiw C.B. East MP 6-4 195 Sr.

88. Alex Hornibrook Malvern Prep QB 6-3 185 Jr.

89. Sean Rook Kennett DL 6-2 255 Sr.

90. Josh Messina Archbishop Wood RB-LB 5-10 190 Sr.

91. Chris Galloway Radnor 6-1 190 ATH Sr.

92. Denniston "DJ" Moore Imhotep Charter WR 6-0 190 Jr.

93. Mustafa Mahmud Oxford ATH 6-1 205 Sr.

94. Joe Hansbury Archbishop Ryan OL-DL 6-3 260 Sr.

95. Jai Thornton Haverford High ATH 5-7 170 Sr.

96. Christian Giubilato Haverford School WR-DB 6-1 180 Sr.

97. Frank Tranzilli North Penn OL 6-2 275 Jr.

98. Hayden Mahoney Malvern Prep OL-DL 6-5 270 Jr.

99. Chris Temple Great Valley FB-LB 5-11 215 Sr.

100. John Durkin Bonner-Prendergast OL-DE 6-4 245 Sr.

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