Meet the Penn State Recruiting Class of 2017

By Nick Polak on February 1, 2017 at 5:34 pm
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With the commitments of Tariq Castro-Fields and Corey Bolds on National Signing Day, Penn State's 2017 recruiting class is complete.

We've been breaking down the class all day here on Roar Lions Roar so be sure to check back to the Signing Day page and read everything we've put up so far.

With Penn State's class complete and sitting at No. 15 in the country, it's time we got a look at the full group. So here you have it, the newest Nittany Lions (click on the images to view their Signing Day profile).

 

Lamont Wade
5'9, 190lbs. • Clairton (Pa.) • ★★★★ • No. 5 Cornerback

A four-time letterwinner for head coach Wayne Wade at the Clairton High School...Two-time team captain...Led the Bears to the Pennsylvania State Championship game with a 14-1 record as a senior...Returned interceptions for touchdowns in three consecutive playoff games to lead the Bears to the 2016 WPIAL Championship...Guided Clairton to three consecutive WPIAL titles...Posted a 51-5 record in four seasons in high school...Participated in the 2017 Under Armour All-American game...Was selected as a captain of Team Armour...Invited to the 2017 Army All-American game...Participated in The Opening...Named 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania...Is a finalist for Pennsylvania's 2016 Mr. Football Class 1A-3A...Selected as the 2016 Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class A Player of the Year...Named Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Co-Player of the Year...Earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22 team...Selected All-State first team for three consecutive seasons...Named USA Today All-State first team as a senior...Selected Pennsylvania Football News' Class 1A Offensive Player of the Year...Named to Pennsylvania Football News' Class 1A All-State first team on offense...Was a three-time All-Region first team choice his final three years and was a second team selection as a freshman...Ran for 2,368 yards and 40 touchdowns as a running back and grabbed four interceptions as a cornerback in his senior season...Was tied for eighth in the state in scoring with 192 points as a senior...Finished his career with 7,079 rushing yards, which is third in WPIAL history, and a WPIAL-record 117 career touchdowns...Had 14 career interceptions...Rated a five-star prospect by Rivals and Scout and four-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN...Multi-sport athlete, participating in basketball, baseball and track and field for two seasons apiece...Was the 2016 WPIAL long jump champion...Helped the Bears to the Eastern A Championship in basketball in 2016.

thorpe
6'3, 314 lbs. • Glenshaw (Pa.) • ★★★★ • No. 6 Offensive guard

Four-year letterman for head coach Terry Totten at Central Catholic high school...Served as team captain in senior season...Helped the Vikings to a runner-up finish in the PIAA 6A State Championship with a 14-2 record in 2016...Guided the Vikings to district and state titles with a 15-1 record in his junior season...Named Under Armour and Army All-American...Played in the Under Armour All-American Game...Selected first-team USA Today All-State as a senior...Named Pennsylvania Football News' 2016 Class 6A Lineman of the Year...Selected to Pennsylvania Football News' Class 6A All-State first team as a senior... ...Earned first-team All-State honors in junior and senior seasons...Garnered second-team All-State honors as a sophomore and honorable mention distinction as a freshman...Was a candidate for Pennsylvania's 2016 Mr. Football Class 4A-6A...Named to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22 team in 2016...Named to the All-District 6A first team in junior and senior seasons, earning second team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention accolades as a freshman...Invited to the USA Football All-Star Game and the Big 33 Football Classic...Rated a four-star recruit by all four recruiting services - 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Earned three letter in track and field...Claimed a spot on the honor roll for three years.

clifford
6'1, 211 lbs. • Cincinnati (Oh.) • ★★★★ • No. 8 Pro-style quarterback

Four-year letterman for head coach Steve Specht at St. Xavier High School...Two-time team captain...Is the first player in program history to be a two-time team captain...Led the Bombers to the Division I Ohio State Championship with a double overtime win over St. Ignatius as a senior...St. X is the first 5-loss team (10-5) in OHSAA history to win a state title in any division...Guided the Bombers to three consecutive Greater Catholic South titles in three seasons as a starting quarterback...Invited to the Under Armour All-American Game and the Army All-American Game...Attended the 2017 Under Armour Game, but was unable to play due to injury...Was a 2016 Elite 11 Finalist...Named Most Accurate Passer at Elite 11 competition in June...Selected MaxPreps/JJHuddle first-team All-State in 2016...Garnered All-Greater Catholic League accolades as a junior...Earned All-City and All-District first team laurels as a senior...Tabbed Team MVP as a senior...Was 123-for-216 (56.2 percent) for 1,426 yards and nine touchdowns through the air and had 152 rushes for 571 yards and 12 scores as a senior...Accounted for 1,746 passing yards, 225 rushing yards and 18 total touchdowns (12 passing, 6 rushing) in 2015...Accumulated 832 passing yards, 314 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns (9 passing, 2 rushing) as a sophomore...Finished career ranked fourth in St. Xavier history with 4,004 career passing yards...Broke the school record for rushing yards (1,110) and rushing touchdowns (20) by a quarterback...Is a consensus four-star prospect by all four recruiting services - 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Lettered in basketball as a freshman and track and field as a junior.

matos
6'5, 242 lbs. • Spotsylvania (Va.) • ★★★★ • No. 5 Strong-side defensive end

Four-year letterman for head coach Bob Oliver at Chancellor High School...Capped his high school career by helping the Chargers go 9-3 as a senior...Selected second-team USA Today All-State as a senior...Named Conference 19-Battlefield District Defensive Player of the Year and Co-Player of the Year as a senior...Garnered Region 4A first team honors in 2016...Selected to the all-conference first team in 2015 and 2016... Named Chancellor's defensive MVP in 2016...Logged 272 tackles, forced six fumbles and broke up five passes in three seasons for the Chargers...Registered 130 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, as a senior...Totaled 18.5 sacks in his senior season for a combined three-year total of 37 sacks to become the career sacks leader at Chancellor...Rated as a four-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets - 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Also lettered in basketball and track.

hansard
6'3, 302 lbs. • Burlington (Nj.) • ★★★★ • No. 11 Defensive tackle

Three-year letterman for head coach Todd Smith at The Hun School...Two-time team captain...Guided the Raiders to their third-straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championship with a perfect 8-0 record in 2016...Helped The Hun School to a perfect 8-0 record and a Mid-Atlantic Prep League title in 2015...Led the Raiders to the MAPL Championship with a 7-1 record...Went 23-1 in three seasons at The Hun School...Selected to play in for the U.S. U19 National Team the inaugural North American Championship (formerly the International Bowl) in Orlando...Selected first-team USA Today All-State as a senior...Earned a spot on the Prep "A" All-State first team in 2014, 2015 and 2016...Named All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Tabbed NJ.com All-Prep A Defensive Player of the Year and first team honoree as a senior...Selected to Times of Trenton All-Area first team three times...Was on the All-MAPL first team in junior and senior seasons...Named Team MVP as a senior...Recorded 59 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles as a senior...Had 39 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior...Tallied 41 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and two pass deflections as a sophomore...Returned a fumble recovery 52 yards for a touchdown in 2014...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports.

brooks
6'1, 220 lbs. • Mechanicsville (Va.) • ★★★★ • No. 13 Inside linebacker

Four-year letterman for head coach Greg Lilly at Benedictine College Preparatory...Two-time team captain...Helped the Cadets to the VISAA State Championship game with a 9-3 record in 2016...Led Benedictine to back-to-back VISAA Division I State Championships in 2014 and 2015 with identical 10-2 records...Went 29-7 in his final three seasons at Benedictine...Participated in the Under Armour All-America Game...Started the UA All-America Game for Team Highlight and tied for the team lead with six tackles, including four solo...Selected first-team USA Today All-State as a senior...Named VISAA first-team All-State selection three times...Earned first-team All-Region honors as a senior and second team accolades as a junior...Selected Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro first team as a senior after earning second team honors as a junior...Claimed all-conference laurels three times...Selected to participate in the I-64 Bowl and the Big River Rivalry...Recorded 54 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks as a senior...Had 51 rushes for 345 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016...Rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports...Was promoted to first lieutenant.

sutherland
5'11, 191 lbs. • Ottawa (Ont.) • ★★★★ • No. 23 Safety

A two-time letterwinner for head coach Panos Voulgaris at Episcopal High School in Virginia...Named team captain as a senior in 2016...Helped lead the Maroon to an 8-1 mark and the outright Interstate Athletic Conference Championship in 2016...Guided Episcopal to the IAC crown in 2015 with a 7-1-1 record...Earned All-State first team honors as a junior and a senior...Selected first-team USA Today All-State as a senior...Selected as the 2016 Interstate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year...Garnered first-team All-IAC accolades as a junior and a senior...Named second-team All-Met by The Washington Post as a senior...Participated in The Opening regional in Washington D.C....Rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, and a three-star prospect by 247Sports.

tcf
6'0, 185 lbs. • Upper Marlboro (Md.) • ★★★★ • No. 34 Cornerback

Played for head coach Caesar Nettles at Riverdale Baptist...Played with Nittany Lion teammate Zech McPhearson at Riverdale Baptist...Selected first-team USA Today All-State as a senior...Named Washington Post All-Met first team in 2106...Selected DMVelite All-Maryland honorable mention in 2015...Participated in The Opening's regional camp where he was named the top defensive back...Selected to participate in the Crab Bowl...Tabbed a four-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect from ESPN...Ranked as the No. 5 player in Maryland, No. 26 cornerback and No. 236 overall prospect by 247Sports...Ranked as No. 2 in Maryland, No. 3 in the East and No. 29 overall among cornerbacks by Scout...Ranked No. 283 overall prospect on the Scout 300 list...Rated the No. 26 safety in the country and No. 4 player in Maryland by Rivals...Ranked the No. 10 player in Maryland, No. 40 cornerback and No. 61 prospect in the region by ESPN.

barber
6'3, 245 lbs. • Harrisburg (Pa.) • ★★★★ • No. 14 Strong-side defensive end

Three-year letterman for head coach Calvin Everett at Harrisburg High School...Served as 2016 team captain...Guided the Cougars to an 11-4 record and an appearance in the 2016 PIAA Class 5A State Championship game...Named first-team All-State by the Pennsylvania Football Writers in 2016...Named to EasternPAFootball.com's All-State first team as a senior...Selected to PennLive's 2016 All-Star High School Team...Named Pennsylvania Football News' 2016 Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year...Selected to Pennsylvania Football News' Class 5A All-State in 2016...Selected as the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Was a three-time all-conference honoree...Was a candidate for Pennsylvania's 2016 Mr. Football Class 4A-6A...Tallied 67 tackles as a senior...Led the Mid-Penn League with 27 tackles for loss and was second in the league with 13 sacks in 2016...Recorded 13 sacks and 47 tackles in 2015...Had 38 career sacks with double-digit totals each of the last three years...Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and Scout, and three stars by ESPN and Rivals...Was a four-year letterwinner for the basketball team...Lettered in track & field three times.

hamler
5'9, 165 lbs. • Pontiac (Mi.) • ★★★★ • No. 46 Wide receiver

Played for head coach Kevin Wright at IMG Academy in 2016...Two-year letterman at Orchard Lake St. Mary's, which is also the alma mater of Nittany Lion great Allen Robinson, in Michigan...Missed the 2016 season due to injury, but IMG Academy went 12-0 and won the national championship...Competed at The Opening in 2016...Won the MVP award at the Rivals Camp Series in 2016...Helped Orchard Lake St. Mary's to the Division 3 State Championship in his sophomore and junior years...Guided the Eaglets to the 2014 and 2015 district and regional championships, as well as the 2015 Catholic Prep Bowl title...Earned All-State Division 3 first team accolades as a junior...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports...Ranked No. 55 at wide receiver by 247Sports...Ranked No. 54 overall among wide receivers by Scout...Ranked No. 45 at wide receiver by Rivals...Ranked No. 59 at wide receiver by ESPN...Ran track for two seasons and was the Team MVP...Earned the Screaming Eagle Award.

johnson
5'9, 170 lbs. • Detroit (Mi.) • ★★★★ • No. 37 Cornerback

Four-year letterman for head coach Thomas Wilcher at Cass Tech High School...Named team captain in 2016...Helped the Technicians to a perfect 14-0 record and the MHSAA Division I Championship in his senior season...Guided the Technicians to three city titles, four consecutive district and regional titles...Led Cass Tech to a 50-5 record in four seasons...Selected as a 2016 Army All-American...Had one tackle for the East squad in the Army All-American Game...Selected first-team USA Today All-State in 2016...Selected to the Detroit News All-State Dream Team as a senior...Named the captain of the Detroit Free Press All-Division I team in 2016...Named Associated Press All-State honorable mention as a specialist in 2016...Earned first-team All-Region, All-District and All-Conference honors in his senior year...Garnered second-team All-City and All-Conference accolades in his junior season...Earned back-to-back Cass Tech MVP honors in 2015 and 2016...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN...Ranked as the No. 78 cornerback in the country by ESPN...Rated as a the 34th-ranked cornerback in the country by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 18 in the country among cornerbacks...Rated No. 37 overall among cornerbacks by Scout...Earned four varsity letters in track and field...Received All-State honors in the 4x100 in 2015 and 2016 and in the 4x200 in 2016.

bfw
6'1, 200 lbs. • Greensboro (Nc.) • ★★★ • No. 26 Outside linebacker

A four-year letterman for head coaches Darryl Brown and Pat Neal at Grimsley High School...Was a team captain his junior and senior seasons...Selected for Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and helped North Carolina to a 17-10 win over South Carolina...Named to USA Today North Carolina All-State first team as a senior...Earned Metro 4-A All-Conference first team accolades as a senior...Selected as Grimsley High School team MVP as a senior...Registered 75 tackles, 5.0 sacks and one interception his senior season...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and earned three stars from 247Sports, ESPN and Scout...Ranked No. 19 at his position and No. 5 in North Carolina by Rivals...Ranked as the second-best safety in North Carolina, 18th in the East and No. 33 in the country at safety by Scout...Ranked No. 33 at outside linebacker and No. 20 in North Carolina by 247Sports...Ranked No. 38 at safety and No. 18 in North Carolina by ESPN...Lettered in track & field and wrestling one time each.

miranda
6'3, 295 lbs. • Stow (Oh.) • ★★★ • No. 4 Center

Four-year letterman for head coach Mark Nori at Stow-Munroe High School...Was a team captain his senior year...Helped Stow-Munroe Falls to a 10-2 record and a state playoff appearance as a senior...Guided the Bulldogs to a 13-1 record and a bid in the state semifinals as a junior...Had a 41-7 record in four years of high school football...Selected as Offensive Player of the Year in the Suburban League as a senior...Earned All-State first team honors as a senior and second team accolades as a junior...Was named Beacon Journal Top 25 in 2015 and 2016...Selected All-Ohio Inland Division first team as a junior and senior and was a second team choice as a sophomore...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 277 among the ESPN300...Rated as the 10th-ranked player in Ohio and 21st-ranked offensive guard by ESPN...Ranked No. 4 at center by 247Sports...Ranked as No. 40 in the country among offensive guards by Scout...Ranked No. 19 in the country at offensive guard and No. 15 in Ohio by Rivals...Played baseball as a freshman and sophomore...Was a letterman on the basketball team as a freshman.

bolds
6'3, 280 lbs. • Paterson (Nj.) • ★★★ • No. 45 Defensive tackle

Four-year letterman for head coach Dan Sabella at Paramus Catholic...Was team captain his senior season...Helped the Paladins win the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 Championship with a 10-2 record in 2016...Had eight tackles in the title game...Paramus Catholic finished ranked No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 36 in the country in 2016...Part of a Paramus Catholic team that finished as the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 runner-up in 2014...Named to NJ.com's All-State third team as a senior...Selected to NJ.com's All-Non Public first team in 2016...Earned a spot on NorthJersey.com's All-North Jersey defense first team...Finished with 79 tackles, including four tackles for loss, as a senior...Tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN...Earned three stars from 247Sports, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the No. 11 player in New Jersey and No. 35 defensive tackle by 247Sports...Ranked as No. 3 in New Jersey, No. 13 in the East and No. 67 overall among defensive tackles by Scout...Rated the No. 46 defensive tackle in the country and No. 18 player in New Jersey by Rivals...Ranked the No. 8 player in New Jersey, No. 34 defensive tackle and No. 52 prospect in the region by ESPN.

csb
6'0, 182 lbs. • Bowie (Md.) • ★★★ • No. 84 Wide receiver

Four-year letterman for head coach Ian Thomas at Saint Vincent Pallotti High School...Served as team captain during senior season...Led the Panthers to a 10-2 mark in his senior season on the way to an MIAA "B" Championship...Guided Pallotti to a 10-3 record and an MIAA "C" Championship as a sophomore...Garnered USA Today All-State second team honors as a senior...Earned All-Maryland second team honors as a sophomore...Garnered Baltimore Sun All-Metro first team accolades in 2016...Claimed all-conference first team honors in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons...Named to the Prince George's Sentinel second team in 2014 and the Baltimore All-Metro first team in 2016...Invited to the Maryland Crab Bowl and the Big 33 Football Classic...Owns the school career record for receptions and receiving yards, totaling 149 catches and 2,846 yards in four seasons...Rated as a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Is the No. 68 wide receiver in the class by Rivals...Ranked as No. 90 overall among wide receivers by Scout...Ranked as the No. 87 prospect in the region by ESPN...Rated as the No. 12 player in Maryland and No. 83 wide receiver by 247Sports...On track to graduate Saint Vincent Pallotti with high honors.

Hippenhammer
5'11, 170 lbs. • Fort Wayne (In.) • ★★★ • No. 87 Wide receiver

Four-year letterman for head coach Kurt Tippmann at Snider High School...Helped the Panthers to the league championship and an ISHAA regional title with a 12-1 record and perfect 9-0 league record...Led Snider to a 64-61 victory over New Palestine in the 2015 ISHAA State Championship game with six receptions, 190 all-purpose yards (109 rec., 71 KR, 10 PR) and a touchdown in the title contest...In 2015, the Panthers went 13-1 and won their first state championship since 1992 and second overall...Guided the Panthers to the Summit Athletic Conference championship and an ISHAA regional title with a 10-3 overall record and 6-1 mark in league play...Posted a 53-4 record in four seasons at Snider...Selected Associated Press All-State first team as a senior...Selected as an IFCA Top 50 honoree in 2015 and 2016...Named to Indiana Football Coaches Association's first-team All-State in 2015...Was a three-time All-5AC selection...Tallied 620 receiving yards, 350 rushing yards, 1,720 all-purpose yards and scored 18 total touchdowns as a senior...Returned three kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns in 2016...Had 953 receiving yards, 1,727 all-purpose yards and 13 total touchdowns in 2015...Broke the Snider High School record with 67 receptions as a junior...Registered 1,521 all-purpose as a sophomore...Finished his career with 1,788 receiving yards, 3,744 all-purpose yards and 24 total touchdowns...Broke the Snider High School career record for receptions...Rated as a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting outlets - 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Earned three letters for playing shortstop for the Snider baseball team.

martin
6'4, 275 lbs. • Sparta (Nj.) • ★★★ • No. 65 Offensive tackle

Three-year letterman for head coach Augie Hoffmann at Saint Joseph Regional High School...Played on the East team in the 2016 Blue/Grey All-American Bowl in Dallas Texas...Helped the Green Knights to a 9-2 record and the NJSIAA Non-Public Group III Championship in 2016...Saint Joseph's finished No. 1 in New Jersey, No. 6 in the East and No. 18 in the country according to HSFB America...Had a combined 26-9 record in four seasons ...Named to NJ.com's second-team All-State as a senior...Selected second-team USA Today All-State in 2016...Garnered second-team All-Region accolades in 2016...Collected first-team All-North Jersey Super Football Conference honors in 2016...Was a three-time all-conference first team selection...Registered 16 pancake blocks in seven games as a senior...Ranked as a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services - 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the No. 48 offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports...Rated as the No. 63 offensive tackle by ESPN...Ranked as No. 53 overall among offensive guards by Scout...Rated No. 20 among prospects in New Jersey and No. 39 offensive guard overall by Rivals.

holmes
6'5, 325 lbs. • West Norriton (Pa.) • ★★★ • No. 82 Offensive tackle

Four-year letterman for head coach BJ Hogan at Cardinal O'Hara High School...Served as team captain in his senior year...Helped the Lions to the Catholic League Blue Division title with a 10-1 mark in his senior season...Named Pennsylvania Football News' 2016 Class 4A Lineman of the Year...Selected to Pennsylvania Football News' Class 4A All-State first team as a senior...Earned Pennsylvania Football Writers first-team All-State honors, as well as USA Today All-State first team accolades...Earned All-Southeastern and All-Delco first team selections as a senior...Garnered first-team All-Philadelphia and first-team All-Catholic honors in 2016...Rated as a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services - 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as 64th-best offensive tackle by 247Sports...Rated as the No. 62 offensive tackle by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 14 offensive tackle in the East and No. 107 overall at position by Scout...Ranked as the No. 16 player in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Played basketball for the Lions...Named to the Cardinal O'Hara honor roll.

franklin
6'1, 204 lbs. • Arlington (Tx.) • ★★★ • No. 62 Athlete

Two-year letterman for head coach Jared Van Acker at Battlefield High School in Virginia...Won a varsity letter as a sophomore at Bowie High School in Texas...The Bobcats went 9-3 and won the Cedar Run Conference 8 Championship in 2015...Named first-team All-State by USA Today and VHSL as a senior...Selected second-team All-State by VHSCA as a junior...Earned All-Met honors from the Washington Post in 2016...Was a two-time first-team All-NOVA Region selection in 2015 and 2016...Named 2016 Cedar Run Conference 8 Player of the Year...Claimed all-conference first team accolades in junior and senior seasons...Selected as the Battlefield High School Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior and senior...Inducted into the Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame in 2016...Tallied 42 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two blocked kicks and four forced fumbles as a senior...Had a touchdown as a wide receiver, running back, quarterback, linebacker, defensive lineman, kick returner and punt returner in 2016...Recorded 32 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 17 sacks and three pass deflections as a junior...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets - 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Participated in wrestling and cross country...Won the Principal's Award in 2015...Was a Math Award nominee in 2016.

journey brown
5'11, 194 lbs. • Meadville (Pa.) • ★★★ • No. 52 Running back

Four-year letterman for head coach Ray Collins at Meadville High School...Helped Bulldogs win 11-straight games before falling in PIAA 5A State Quarterfinals in 2016...Named first-team All-State by the Pennsylvania Football Writers as a senior...Selected to Pennsylvania Football News' 5A All-State first team in 2016...Named WesternPAFootball.net first team as a junior...Was a three-time all-region honorees, claiming first team honors in 2015 and 2016 and second team accolades in 2014...Was a candidate for Pennsylvania's 2016 Mr. Football Class 4A-6A...Rushed for 2,791 yards and 45 touchdowns in 2016...Led the state in total touchdowns (51) and scoring (320) in 2016...Finished 16th in the state with 2,971 all-purpose yards as a senior...Averaged 12.8 yards per carry as a senior...Accounted for 2,300 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior...Tallied 1,600 yards and 22 scores as a sophomore...Broke all Meadville High School rushing records, finishing his career with 7,027 yards and 106 touchdowns...Set the Pennsylvania high school single-game rushing record with 722 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 107-90 win over DuBois in 2015...Broke the 90-year-old Pennsylvania single-game scoring record with 68 points against DuBois, besting the mark of 66 points by Shippensburg's Galen Warren in 1925...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets - 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Played basketball and ran track for the Bulldogs...Won the 2016 PIAA Class AAA State Championship in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.73 in the final...Ran the fastest time in Pennsylvania and 10th-best time in the country with a 6.87 mark in the 60-meter dash in the 2016-17 indoor season...Finished 11th in the 2016 PIAA Class AAA State Championship in the long jump.

dj brown
5'10, 175 lbs. • College Park (Ga.) • ★★★ • No. 109 Cornerback

Four-year letterman for head coach Will Rogers at Creekside High School...Served as team captain as a junior...The Seminoles claimed regional championships in 2014 and 2015 with identical 8-2 records...Selected to play in for the U.S. U19 National Team the inaugural North American Championship (formerly the International Bowl) in Orlando...Named All-Region honorable mention in three consecutive seasons (2014, 2015, 2016)...Selected as the team's Defensive Player of the Year...Registered 136 career tackles, 27 pass breakups, 17 interceptions and four forced fumbles in his high school career...Had 53 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups as a junior to help Creekside to an 8-2 record...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets - 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked the No. 92 cornerback by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 9 cornerback in Georgia by Scout...Ranked No. 121 cornerback by 247Sports...Ranked No. 56 at position by Rivals...Lettered twice in track & field while running the 100 and 200...Was a member of the National Honor Society...Belonged to the Beta Club, Creekside Ambassadors Club and Spanish Club.


All biographical information is courtesy of Penn State. Some descriptions were cut down to save space. All photos are courtesy of 247Sports and Rivals.com.

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