2018 WPIAL Rankings: 15-11

Ryan Donnelly, Staff Writer
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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.  

15. Layton Jordan - McKeesport

Athlete

0 STARS


McKeesport

RR: 0.0

Ht: 6'3.0"

Wt: 200.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Yet another prospect who emerged in a major way over the last few months, McKeesport (Pa.) athlete Layton Jordan is a really intriguing player who's going to draw strong looks from a number of Power Five programs. Jordan has great size at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and he's repped at several positions - linebacker, safety, or wide receiver could each end up being his home at the college level. I would bet on linebacker as I expect that Jordan will add significant weight when he gets to the college level.

14. Amonte Strothers - Steel Valley

Athlete

2 STARS


Munhall

RR: 5.3

Ht: 6'2.0"

Wt: 170.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Amonte Strothers of Munhall (Pa.) Steel Valley is one of the rawest prospects on this list in terms of technique and polish, but the 6-foot-2, 170-pound defensive back has exciting upside that will be intriguing to watch. Strothers' length and athleticism allow him to make some really impressive plays in small bursts and he has flashes that make you think he should be a lock to play Power Five football, but he still has lots of work to do on consistency. Strothers didn't play football until his junior season and his lack of experience with the game to date shows at times. He'll need to work hard to master the details of playing defensive back.

13. Khalil Weathers - Pittsburgh Central Catholic

Cornerback

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Pittsburgh

RR: 0.0

Ht: 6'0.0"

Wt: 185.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic defensive back Khalil Weathers has been unable to compete alongside many of his peers on this list for long stretches of the offseason due to a lingering injury, but the 6-foot, 185-pound prospect will be back this fall. Weathers is well-built and has the strength to play at the line of scrimmage as a physical cornerback. It will be important to make sure he gets up to speed from his delay this offseason and gets to work in the practice realm, as senior year will be huge for Weathers and his chances to earn new offers.

12. Julian Major - Penn Hills

Wide Receiver

3 STARS


Pittsburgh

RR: 5.5

Ht: 6'2.0"

Wt: 164.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Penn Hills (Pa.) wide receiver Julian Major has been well-known on the WPIAL's football scene for quite some time and little will change about that. At 6-foot-2 and around 170 pounds, Major has impressed with his game-breaking ability as a big play threat for Penn Hills. The biggest knock on Major has been his lack of muscle mass and size, but he's worked to improve that throughout the fall. Major is as athletically gifted as any prospect we've discussed on this list so far and if he can work on being more consistent and emerging as a leader for Penn Hills this fall, his offer list could expand.

11. James Gmiter - Bethel Park

Defensive tackle

3 STARS

West Virginia
Bethel Park

RR: 5.6

Ht: 6'4.0"

Wt: 300.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

verbal

West Virginia

West Virginia defensive tackle commit James Gmiter is perhaps the most physically imposing prospect in the WPIAL in terms of size and strength. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Bethel Park (Pa.) product will almost certainly fit in as a one-technique defensive tackle or nose tackle at the college level, where the Mountaineers will ask him to eat up multiple blockers and shut down the running game. Gmiter isn't the quickest lineman, but he has the strength to handle that assignment and then some.

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