In football, it takes exceptional athletic ability and endurance to be both a game-breaker and shut-down defender. So give a top of the helmet to these Public Schools Athletic League football stars. They're the league's best two-way players.
Kendall Thomas (Thomas Jefferson) -- There may not be a more exciting player in the city than "Speedy." Last season, Thomas had 805 all-purpose yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He'll be using his speed to patrol the secondary for the Orange Wave, too. His stock will soar this year.
Donchervel Smith (Canarsie) -- The hard-hitting Smith, arguably the best linebacker in the city, led Canarsie in tackles and rushing touchdowns last season with 87 and 10, respectively. He's a monster at the line of scrimmage and on the goal line, and in many ways he's the team's pulse.
Curtis Samuel (Erasmus Hall) -- There wasn't a better two-way player in the PSAL last year than E-Hall's Wayne Morgan, a quarterback/defensive back who ended up at Syracuse. Likewise, the dynamic Samuel will make an impact at running back and safety. He holds offers Syracuse, UConn and Rutgers, among other schools, even though he missed the end of last year with a broken ankle.
Travon Reid Segure (Fort Hamilton) -- His season was cut short last year by an ACL injury, but Reid Segure should be at or near full speed at the start of the season. That's bad news for opponents. The explosive wide receiver/running back/defensive back can make an impact on both sides of the ball.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who has reported on New York City high school sports since 2000. He has covered high school basketball, baseball, football and soccer, and prep championship games at Madison Square Garden, Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium.
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