2018 WPIAL Rankings: 20-16

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, continuing with numbers 20 through 16. 

20. Troy Fisher - Pittsburgh Central Catholic

Pro-style quarterback

2 STARS


Pittsburgh

RR: 5.4

Ht: 6'4.0"

Wt: 195.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic quarterback Troy Fisher hasn't progressed through his career as some initially expected, when it looked like he could become the second Power Five signal-caller in the region's 2018 class, but Fisher is still an impressive prospect. Fisher has helped lead Central to consistent success as a dual-threat player who can get it done with his legs and his arm. Fisher will need to consistently work on accuracy and arm mechanics to continue improving as a prospect.

19. Ronnie Stevenson - Montour

Wide Receiver

3 STARS

Temple
Montour

RR: 5.5

Ht: 6'5.0"

Wt: 205.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

verbal

Temple

Montour (Pa.) wide receiver Ronnie Stevenson has all of the potential to become a dominant deep-ball threat at Temple or to grow into a tremendous flex tight end if he adds significant mass. Stevenson has excellent size at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds and he's quicker and faster than he was this time a year ago. While he's still not a burner in terms of speed, Stevenson will have a strong college career if he can work on his eye discipline and concentration to haul in the ball more frequently.

18. John Harper - McKeesport

Athlete

0 STARS


McKeesport

RR: 0.0

Ht: 6'0.0"

Wt: 170.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



McKeesport (Pa.) athlete John Harper had a strong junior season and should look to repeat those efforts as a senior in the fall. At 6-foot and 170 pounds, Harper plays a number of different roles for the Tigers on the field, but seems most likely to turn into a cornerback at the college level. He's a quick and fast player and decisive when he puts his foot into the ground. Harper will be part of a dangerous McKeesport team this fall with exciting and versatile athletes throughout the squad.

17. Malik Shepherd - N/A

Wide Receiver

3 STARS


Beaver Falls

RR: 5.5

Ht: 6'0.0"

Wt: 179.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



2018 athlete Malik Shepherd played at Beaver Falls (Pa.) this past fall and planned to transfer to nearby rival and football factory Aliquippa (Pa.) until PIAA rulings prevented him from doing so. This leaves Shepherd in a weird spot and it's unclear where he'll play his senior year. As a junior, he decided to make the switch to defensive back and will likely play safety at the college level. He's not the fastest prospect in the world, but he hits well and has strong coverage instincts playing center field. Shepherd has the frame to carry well over 200 pounds as a safety if he wants to.

16. Sam Fairley - Imani Christian Academy

Wide Receiver

0 STARS


Pittsburgh

RR: 0.0

Ht: 6'1.0"

Wt: 170.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Another prospect listed as a wide receiver who may end up playing defensive back at the next level, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Imani Christian Academy standout emerged in a major way this offseason. At 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Fairley is long and athletic no matter which side of the football he chooses to play on. He's certainly more polished as a receiver today, but Fairley's long-term potential at cornerback or safety seems to be higher if he commits himself to learning the technical aspects of the position.

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