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February 1, 2007
Lions and Panthers dot Pennsylvania Top 40
Pennsylvania top 40.The Keystone State is always known for producing quality football talent and once again it was a good year for Pennsylvania. While plenty of prospects decided to stay in-state, a lot more headed elsewhere for college including the top player in the final Rivals.com postseason
Topping the rankings is four-star defensive end Derrick Morgan who remained the No. 1 prospect in the state for most of the year. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder had another solid season registering 62 tackles and eight sacks. The Coatesville, Pa. star has already enrolled at Georgia Tech and could be a force off the edge as soon as this fall for the Yellow Jackets.
Moving up 12 spots to the No. 2 spot is Penn State commitment, safety Chaz Powell. The New Freedom (Pa.) Susquehannock prospect was a force all over the field registering over 1,000 yards of offense and 18 total touchdowns. He added 50 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
New Kensington (Pa.) Valley wide receiver Toney Clemons moved up one spot to No. 3 after another impressive season in which he hauled in 39 receptions for 665 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has committed to Michigan and will look to continue the talented wide receiver tradition in Ann Arbor.
Checking in at No. 4 is Lancaster (Pa.) Manheim Township quarterback Pat Bostick. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder had another solid year throwing for 2,167 yards and 20 touchdowns. The four-star quarterback will be the quarterback of the future for Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt.
Penn State boasts commitments from No. 5 and 6 starting with Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski who moved up four spots. The 6-foot-3, 275-pounder will follow in the family tradition to State College. Wide receiver Nick Sukay is at No. 6 after registering 36 receptions for 631 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He added eight interceptions on defense.
Pittsburgh offensive guard commitment Chris Jacobson stays at the No. 7 spot. The 6-foot-3, 284-pounder participated in the U.S. Army All-American game.
The No. 8 spot belongs to Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills tight end Rob Gronkowski who moved to the Keystone State this year. The 6-foot-6, 232-pounder is one of the best tight ends in the country and will be taking his services West to Arizona.
Penn State once boasts another top 10 player with a commitment from linebacker Nathan Stupar, ranked No. 9. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder should be a very good linebacker for Joe Paterno in the future.
Concluding the top 10 is Pittsburgh (Pa.) Hampton athlete Steve Paskorz. The Notre Dame commitment dropped four spots in the final rankings due to nagging injuries bit his upside is still tremendous.
Pitt owns the No. 11 and 12 spots with commitments from wide receiver Maurice Williams and linebacker Brandon Lindsey. Williams registered over 1,500 yards of offense and 14 touchdowns, while Lindsey posted 115 tackles and nine sacks as a senior.
Virginia invaded the Keystone State at No. 13 with a pledge from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Mt. Lebanon tight end Andrew Devlin. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder is a big tight end that should fit in well with Al Groh's offense. Devlin could also move to offensive tackle.
The Nittany Lions nabbed two more commits at No. 14 and 15 with offensive tackle Josh Marks and wide receiver Derek Moye. Moye racked up nearly 1,500 yards of offense and 26 touchdowns as a senior.
Three more offensive linemen came in at No. 16, 17 and 18 starting with No. 16 offensive tackle Dan Matha who is headed to Pittsburgh. West Virginia came in at No. 17 with offensive guard Gino Gradkowski and Ohio State pulled in offensive guard Evan Blankenship at No. 18. He moved up seven spots in the final rankings.
Pittsburgh (Pa.) Keystone Oaks defensive end Myles Caragein ended up at No. 19. The 6-foot-1, 258-pounder has committed to Pittsburgh. Rounding out the top 20 is Virginia Tech tight end commitment Chris Drager.
Pittsburgh running back commitment Henry Hynoski stayed at No. 21 after a solid year in which he ran for 2,407 yards and 42 touchdowns. Cornerback Dominique Joseph came in at No. 22. The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder committed to Virginia.
The biggest drop in the list goes to Penn State wide receiver commitment Jon Ditto. The Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway receiver fell 15 spots to No. 23. Meanwhile, Syracuse quarterback commitment Cody Catalina comes in at No. 24.
Five offensive linemen fill the No. 25 through 29 slots starting with York (Pa.) William Penn offensive tackle Richard Muldrow who is committed to Rutgers. He is followed by No. 26, Akron offensive guard pledge Paul Simkovich. Stanford holds a commitment from No. 27, offensive tackle Brad Hallick out of Pottsville, Pa., while Rutgers once again joins the rankings at No. 28 with offensive guard Caleb Ruch. West Virginia concludes the streak of offensive lineman with a commitment from the No. 29 prospect, Donny Barclay.
The Orangemen are once again in the mix at No. 30 with safety Max Suter who ran for 2,243 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior. North Carolina landed the No. 31 prospect, offensive guard Mike Dykes.
The Cavaliers pulled another tight end out of the Keystone State in Mt. Carmel, Pa.'s Mark Ambrose who stays at No. 32. Northwestern quarterback commitment Dan Persa is No. 33 after accounting for 2,114 yards passing and 37 total touchdowns.
Pittsburgh landed two more pledges at No. 34 and 35 with wide receiver Dom DeCicco and offensive guard Greg Gaskins. DeCicco registered over 2,200 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior but will likely play safety at the next level.
The final five in the Rivals.com postseason Pennsylvania top 40 concluded with No. 36, North Carolina offensive guard commitment Cameron Holland. Connecticut landed No. 37 and No. 38 with offensive guard Gary Bardzak and linebacker C.J. Marck. Two quarterbacks headed to the MAC finish up the rankings with 6-foot-2, 193-pounder, Matt Rodgers who is headed to Akron and Easton (Pa.) Wilson Area quarterback D.J. Lenehan who will be playing for Toledo. Both quarterbacks were missing from preseason rankings.