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PA PREPS Statewide Update 5-13-15

PA PREPS takes gives a quick update on some of the recruiting news going on in Pennsylvania. Here's the update for 5-12-15.
A couple of Western PA football players get their first offers this week
The week is still young, but a couple of players out in the western part of Pennsylvania received their first scholarship offers this week. Kenny Robinson of University Prep received offers from both Temple and Toledo this week. Robinson, currently a sophomore, is a 6'2", 200 pound, wide receiver who physically dominates defensive backs. Junior running back Hunter Hayes(South Fayette High School, PA) received his first offer from St. Francis (PA) this week. If Hayes does what he needs to do in a few prospect camps, the versatile back should collect a few more offers.
Blessed and honored to receive a scholarship offer from Saint Francis University!! pic.twitter.com/KH2xvqEUiU- Hunter Hayes (@hunterhayes08) May 11, 2015
Things pick up for Archbishop Wood duo of Anthony Russo and Mark Webb
What a difference a couple of months has made for both Anthony Russo and Mark Webb. Russo, a 2016 quarterback, currently has six offers including Rutgers and Temple. Webb, a 2017 wide receiver, has seen his recruitment explode over the past two months. Webb now holds offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple, Wake Forest and a few other schools. Webb has put on a few more pounds and all of it seems to be muscle. Webb now stands at 6'2", 193 pounds.
Super Sophomore Swift
St. Joseph Prep running back D'Andre Swift and his recruitment has taken on a national flavor in the past couple of months. He has over 15 offers that include the likes of Alabama, Penn State, Miami (Fl), Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and Temple. Swift's versatility at the running back position separates him from a lot of other players at his position. We already knew the damage he does when he runs the ball, but his performances at several off-season camps, including the Rivals Camp Series in New Jersey showed that he is a serious problem as a receiving threat as well. On top of that, Swift is a pretty good cornerback as well.
Five Sleepers
Here are five players that I recently was able to see in person during the All-State Football Camp in Philly on May 3rd of this year:
Nafeese Nasir (2016, ATH, Plymouth Whitemarsh) -Nasir currently holds an offer from Buffalo, and quite frankly, should be holding even more. You can just pencil in Nasir as an athlete on the offensive side of the ball. I've seen him go against some of the best defensive backs and win most of those battles. As for linebackers? Forget about it. That's an automatic mismatch.
Henry Litwin (2016, WR, Conneaut Area)- Litwin is one of those players who just need the opportunity to show what he can do. During the Philly All-State camp, Litwin showcased his speed and his ability to get physical with defensive backs. Litwin won the majority of his 1v1 match-ups and showed an ability to gain separation from defensive backs.
Amadou Barry(2017, WR, Upper Darby) - Barry has speed to burn, and that's what he did to most of the defensive backs during the camp, especially on the deep routes. Barry still has time to put some size on, but he was definitely one of the faster players at the camp.
Khalil Roane(2016, RB, Neumann-Goretti) - I've seen Roane a few times during the off-season and he has definitely improved from the season up to this point. He's won MVP at several camps including the last All-State camp in Philadelphia. Roane is a good all-around back who has improved on his overall speed.
Kenneth Bennett(2016, DB, Simon Gratz)-At 6'2", 182 pounds, Bennett is a true sleeper at the cornerback position. Bennett's length and catch-up speed gave wide receivers problems during the 1v1 sessions of the All-State camp in Philly. If Bennett gets to a few college camps, he should be able to impress them with his coverage skills and physical attributes.
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