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January 23, 2013

Early Look: Top Southeast Pa. talent for '15

Just like the South Jersey Class of 2014, when you sit down and take an in-depth look at Southeastern Pennsylvania's Class of 2014, immediately you get the impression that this is a deeper than usual class of legitimate FBS (Division 1) prospects.

It certainly isn't hard to come up with a list of 25 FBS prospects for Southeastern Pennsylvania's Class of 2014. But, there is one major difference between the two classes.

The players in Southeastern Pennsylvania that have the best chance of ending up being rated high-4-star and possibly 5-star recruits are not members of the Class of 2014, but instead are four players from Southeastern Pennsylvania's Class of 2015.

Those four players are:

RB Josh Adams from Central Bucks South High School in Warrington,
CB/FS Asa Manley from Prep Charter High School in Philadelphia,
CB John Reid from St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, and
OL Daniel Runyan from St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia.

Reid, specifically, has already established a national reputation and is considered, at this early stage in the recruiting process, as possibly one of the top five cornerback prospects in the country for the Class of 2015. Reid actually received his first verbal scholarship offer from Boston College when he was in eighth grade.

He is a two-time all-Philadelphia Catholic League performer and was a Pennsylvania AP first-team 4A all-state selection following the 2012 season. He lists verbal scholarship offers from Boston College, Colorado, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, UCF, Va. Tech and Temple.

Reid has been contacted by Penn State and is being evaluated for the Nittany Lions by Penn State defensive coordinator, John Butler, and Ron Vanderlinden.

Manley probably suffers with Reid's presence. He had an outstanding 2011 season as a freshman with three interceptions and a reported 30-plus tackles. Prep Charter head football coach, Tony Beaty, said Manley had a breakout season in 2012. He was an all-City second-team performer his sophomore season (2012).

Manley was a 2A Division all-state player in 2011 on defense at his cornerback spot and was the only freshman selected to any of the three (4A, 3A or 2A) Coaches Public League all-star teams. Adams is considered by some to be the best running back to emerge from the suburban Philadelphia public leagues in at least the past five years.

In 2012, he was named an AP first-team 4A all-state performer. He rushed for 2,089 yards on 255 carries, averaging 8.13 yards per carry (ypc), 174.1 yards per game (ypg) and totaling 32 rushing TDs.

Penn State assistant coaches John Butler and Charles London have already watched Adams perform and are the two Nittany Lion assistant coaches in charge of Adams' recruitment.

Finally, if the name Runyan sounds familiar to you, it should. Daniel Runyan is the son of former Michigan AA OL and Philadelphia Eagle, Jon Runyan. Runyon presently stands 6-foot-6, 255, but is projected to be as big as his father, coming close to 290 pounds by his senior season at St. Joseph's Prep.

What is listed below is a brief biographical sketch of those who the G&W Recruiting Report believes are the top prospects in Southeastern Pennsylvania for the Class of 2014:

Nick Apostolu (6-6, 292/OL), Springfield Delco, Pa. - May be the fastest rising member of SE PA's Class of 2014. Will play at over 300-pounds in college. Penn State's in contact.

Tyrone Barge (6-2, 265/DL), Philadelphia Imhotep Charter, Pa. - Rated by most as SE PA's top DL prospect in the Class of 2014. Projected as a DE at the college level. Penn State in contact.

Tyler Burke (6-4, 235/LB), Coatesville, Pa. - Totaled just over 200 tackles for the 2012 season, was a 4A all-state selection. Lists offers from Maryland, NC State and Temple. Penn State in contact.

Luke Carrezola (6-4, 234/TE), Langhorne Neshaminy, Pa. - Rated by some as a top TE prospect from SE PA for the Class of 2014. Was second team AP all-state. Penn State in contact.

Mike Class (5-10, 185/RB&DE), Perkasie Pennridge, Pa. - Was first-team AP 4A all-state. Rushed for 2,418 yards and 32 TDs. Has just under 4,000 total career rushing yards and 47 rushing TDs. Also top CB prospect. Penn State in contact.

Zaire Franklin (6-1, 215/LB), Glenside La Salle College High, Pa. - Was all-Catholic and second team AP all-state selection in 2012. Rated top LB prospect in SE PA for the Class of 2014. Penn State in contact.

Eric Gallo (6-3, 280/OL&DL), Southampton Council Rock South, Pa. - Was AP 4A all-state, plus Philadelphia Inquirer first team all-area selection in 2012. Was at Penn State/Ohio State game at Beaver Stadium on Oct. 27. John Butler and Mac McWhorter are in contact.

Jermaine Norris (5-11, 180/DB), Philadelphia Mastery Charter School, Pa. - Was AP 2A first team all-state selection and Philadelphia Public League coaches all-city selection following the 2012 season.

Thaddius Smith (5-11, 170/ATH), Springfield Cardinal O'Hara, Pa. - Rated by some as SE PA's best overall prospect. Was AP first-team 4A all-state and named all-area by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Attended Penn State/Wisconsin game on Nov. 29. Rushed for 350 yards, had over 500 yards in receptions on 37 catches and eight TDs in 2012. Lists offers from Boston College, Rutgers and Temple.

Daquan Worley (5-10, 185/RB&DB), Coatesville, Pa. - Was second team 4A all-state. Rushed for over 1,700 yards and over 200 yards in state 4A title loss to North Allegheny High School. Best position may be a CB at the college level. Penn State in contact.

Rick Young (6-3, 295/DL), Souderton, Pa. - Was first-team all-area selection following the 2012 season. Will be a 3-year starter this fall. Totaled over 80 tackles. Penn State in contact.

Finally, last year in our Southeastern Pennsylvania Class of 2013 update (last February) I listed Curtis Cothran (6-5, 225) from Council Rock North High School in Newtown, Pa. as the No. 1 sleeper in SE PA for the Class of 2013.

This year that distinction goes to DE Hezekiah Trahan (6-4, 235) from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia.

Trahan was a second team all-Catholic selection and is rated by Roman Catholic head coach, Joe McCourt, as the best player on defense he's had the privilege to coach at Roman Catholic, "Hezekiah is a definitely Division 1 (FBS) prospect." McCourt said.

What follows is the G&W Recruiting Report's top 25 prospects in Southeastern Pennsylvania for the Class of 2014 (listed alphabetically):

Dontae Angus 6-6 310 OL 5.3 Philadelphia Germantown
*Nick Apostolu 6-6 292 OL/DL 5.3 Springfield Delco
*Tyrone Barge 6-2 265 DL 4.8 Philadelphia Imhotep Charter
*Tyler Burke 6-4 235 TE/LB 4.7 Coatesville
Mike Caputo 6-3 285 OL/DL 5.1 Unionville
*Luke Carrezola 6-3 227 TE 4.7 Langhorne Neshaminy
*Mike Class 5-10 185 RB 4.55 Perkasie Pennridge
Jamal Custis 6-6 215 ATH 4.6 Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti
*Zaire Franklin 6-1 215 LB 4.55 Glenside La Salle College High
*Eric Gallo 6-3 280 OL/DL 4.9 Southampton Council Rock South
DeHane Hart 6-2 180 WR 4.5 Philadelphia Germantown
Jarred Jones 5-11 192 RB 4.5 Royersford Spring-Ford
Dennis Lord 6-1 210 LB 4.7 Langhorne Neshaminy
Juwan McCallister 5-10 180 WR/DB 4.55 Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep
Taleem Muhammad 6-5 303 OL 5.2 Philadelphia Imhotep Charter
*Jabre Nichollson 6-3 185 WR 4.55 Chester
Jermaine Norris 5-11 180 WR 4.5 Philadelphia Mastery Charter School
Alec Petrillo 6-3 270 OL 5.2 Exton Downingtown East
Deandre Scott 5-10 180 DB 4.5 Philadelphia Imhotep Charter
*Thaddius Smith 5-11 170 ATH 4.45 Springfield Cardinal O'Hara
Sage Stevenson-Pancisian6-1 220 LB 4.7 Exton Downingtown East
Rasaan Stewart 6-1 175 DB 4.5 Collegeville Perkiomen Academy
*Hezekiah Trahan 6-4 225 DE 4.7 Philadelphia Roman Catholic
Nick Tucci 6-0 165 PK Langhorne Neshaminy
*Daquan Worley 5-10 185 RB 4.45 Coatesville
*Rick Young 6-3 295 DL/OL 5.2 Souderton

Juniors of Note:
Josh Adams 6-1 185 RB 4.5 Warrington Central Bucks South
Asa Manley 6-0 180 RB/DB 4.5 Philadelphia Prep Charter
John Reid 5-10 180 DB 4.5 Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep
Daniel Runyan 6-6 245 OL 5.0 Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep

* = Penn State interested and recruiting

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