2018 WPIAL Rankings: 10-6

Ryan Donnelly, Staff Writer
Panther-lair

Western Pennyslvania's football history is a long and storied one and the area continues to pump out top talent year in and year out. Here's a breakdown of the top prospects in the WPIAL and Pittsburgh's City League in the 2018 class, continuing with the start of the top ten. 

10. David Green - Pittsburgh Central Catholic

Defensive tackle

3 STARS


Pittsburgh

RR: 5.5

Ht: 6'2.0"

Wt: 250.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic defensive tackle David Green garnered recruiting attention early in his recruiting process, picking up an offer from West Virginia before the conclusion of his sophomore year, and it hasn't abated yet. Green is explosive off of the football, excelling as a pass-rusher at defensive end and the three-tech defensive tackle role at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. While he'll need to add weight to hold up to the physicality of the next level, Green's quickness and knack for getting after the passer is a sought-after commodity in today's college game.

9. Marcus Hooker - New Castle

Athlete

3 STARS


New Castle

RR: 5.7

Ht: 6'0.0"

Wt: 197.0

Class: 2018

POSITION

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NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



New Castle (Pa.) athlete Marcus Hooker is one of the more unique prospects in the WPIAL's 2019 class, in large part because it's difficult to peg him into any one position at the college level. At 6-foot and 197 pounds, Hooker has been considered by different college programs to fit in at a wide range of positions - linebacker, defensive back, running back, and wide receiver have all been discussed. Ultimately, it appears that Hooker will line up on the defensive side of the ball. He's not the fastest prospect at his size, but he's among the most polished football players in the area in terms of technique and seems to always make plays. Hooker, in large part, carried New Castle to a berth in the WPIAL title game last fall and should be key to their hopes of returning this season.

8. Noah Palmer - Thomas Jefferson

Weakside defensive end

3 STARS

Pittsburgh
Jefferson Hills

RR: 5.6

Ht: 6'4.0"

Wt: 225.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

verbal

Pittsburgh

Easily the fastest-rising prospect in the WPIAL's 2018 class, Thomas Jefferson defensive end Noah Palmer was a virtual unknown until the conclusion of his junior season. However, Palmer's length and burst off of the football made him an incredibly intriguing prospect at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds. Palmer is a pass-rushing defensive end prospect who's expected to contribute on both sides of the football for Thomas Jefferson this fall, moonlighting at tight end. Pitt will expect Palmer to add significant size over the course of his senior season and his first year on campus and if he can keep his quickness with additional muscle mass, Palmer will be an exciting addition for the Panthers.

7. Kenny White - Pine Richland

Cornerback

3 STARS


Gibsonia

RR: 5.7

Ht: 6'0.0"

Wt: 187.0

Class: 2018

POSITION

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NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



A move to Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine Richland will be an intriguing opportunity for Kenny White, who's joining one of the largest programs in the area after leading Imperial (Pa.) West Allegheny to a WPIAL championship this past fall. White is a physical and aggressive cornerback at 6-foot and 187 pounds, a player who's eager to engage in press coverage and jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. White is also more than capable in run support and can close out on plays in the flat in a hurry. It will be intriguing to see if White ultimately slots in at cornerback or safety at the next level, but it's clear that he'll bring in a high compete level wherever you stick him.

6. Blake Zubovic - Belle Vernon

Offensive tackle

3 STARS

Pittsburgh
Belle Vernon

RR: 5.7

Ht: 6'5.0"

Wt: 310.0

Class: 2018

POSITION

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NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

verbal

Pittsburgh

Belle Vernon (Pa.) doesn't produce high-level Division I prospects very often, but they certainly seem to have a type as of late. At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, Blake Zubovic will likely be a standout interior offensive line prospect at the next level in a similar mold to fellow Leopards alumni Dorian Johnson. Zubovic does have some potential to stay outside at the next level, but guard feels more likely at this point. On the interior of the line, Zubovic will be able to utilize his impressive size and leg drive to blow his opponents off of the football. He's a dedicated player in the weight room and will be among the strongest prospects in the state going into his senior year.

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