Countdown to Kickoff: Area's Do-It-All Players

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Malvern Prep's Troy Gallen, a multipurpose standout , has committed to play football at Delaware. (Photo: Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

With the start of the high school football season just days away, we take a look at some of Southeastern Pennsylvania's top multipurpose threats:

Kris Akins, North Penn, senior. With his speed, Akins, a third-year starter, causes headaches for foes as a wingback, cornerback, and kick returner.

Tate Carter, Spring-Ford, senior. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder can play any of four offensive positions: quarterback, halfback, fullback, and wide receiver. He is a safety on defense.

Troy Gallen, Malvern Prep, senior. Gallen, a Delaware commit, is a lightning-quick running back, cornerback, and kick returner.

Connor Golden, Archbishop Ryan, senior. Golden, a top-notch student, is a stalwart as a wide receiver and safety. He also handles the punting duties for the Red Raiders.

Jimmy Herron. La Salle, junior. Herron contributes for the Explorers as a receiver, Wildcat QB, and free safety. He is a pitcher and outfielder in baseball.

Brandon Ilkiw, Central Bucks East, senior. A wide receiver and cornerback who also returns kicks, Ilkiw is hearing from Colonial Athletic Association schools.

Mustafa Mahmud, Oxford, senior. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back and safety is hearing from CAA and Patriot League programs.

Josh Messina, Archbishop Wood, senior. A hard-nosed running back and linebacker, he is receiving interest from Bucknell, Lehigh, and Lafayette.

Jermaine Norris, Mastery North, senior. A savvy wide receiver and safety, he has scholarship offers from Delaware State and Stony Brook.

Mike Ockimey, Bonner-Prendergast, senior. The 6-3, 190-pounder, a wide receiver and safety, is hearing from the likes of Akron and Miamo (Ohio).

Walter Pegues, Central, senior. A speedy two-way back for the Lancers, Pegues has drawn interest from Brown, Bucknell, Howard, and Lafayette.

John Reid, St. Joseph's Prep, junior. The swift handyman has scholarship offers from Boston College, Colorado, Notre Dame, and Penn State, among others.

Deandre Scott, Imhotep Charter, senior. Scott serves the Panthers as a running back, Wildcat QB, strong safety, and kick returner.

Thaddius Smith, Cardinal O'Hara, senior. The Boston College commit is dangerous as a wide receiver, cornerback, and kick returner.

Dave Stellato, Wissahickon, senior. The speedster, who has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, can play running back, quarterback, or receiver on offense.

Rasaan Stewart, Perkiomen Valley, senior. A dual-threat QB, Stewart last season threw for 1,617 yards and ran for 1,206. He is a safety on defense.

Jai Thornton, Haverford High, senior. The running back and free safety is a key figure in the Fords' bid to win the Central League title.

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