2018 WPIAL Rankings: 25-21

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 numbers 25 through 21. 

25. Raymond Falcone - Pine Richland

Wide Receiver

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Gibsonia

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Ht: 6'1.0"

Wt: 185.0

Class: 2018

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Continuing with the discussions of Tevin Thrift and Brandon Lipford in the previous ranking, Raymond Falcone is another talented slot receiver who plays much bigger than his size (which isn't as large in stature as his listed height and weight). Falcone is going to post massive numbers in his senior year at Pine Richland, where he can get open seemingly at will and has the speed and agility to house it from a lot of points on the football field. Falcone is an excellent route-runner as well.

24. Robert Kennedy - Jeannette

Athlete

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Jeannette

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Ht: 5'11.0"

Wt: 175.0

Class: 2018

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Jeannette (Pa.)'s Robert Kennedy contributed for Jeannette in a number of different roles, shifting around the field to produce in the rushing, receiving, and return games while repping on defense as well. Kennedy is a very impressive athlete, a prospect who can pull away from defenders when he's running in the open field and make them miss when he has to. Although he's on the smaller side, Kennedy deals well with contact when he runs.

23. Asante Watkins - Imani Christian Academy

Cornerback

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Pittsburgh

RR: 0.0

Ht: 5'11.0"

Wt: 170.0

Class: 2018

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Pittsburgh (Pa.) Imani Christian Academy has grown in profile in recent years and should have several notable prospects over the next couple classes. Among them is 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback Asante Watkins, a cover corner who moves well in space and shows the ability to stick with receivers. Watkins isn't huge, but he has enough strength to play at the line of scrimmage.

22. Rodney Dennard - Woodland Hills

Safety

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Pittsburgh

RR: 0.0

Ht: 6'1.0"

Wt: 175.0

Class: 2018

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Woodland Hills defensive back Rodney Dennard had one of the strongest offseasons of any of the prospects on the lower half of this list, making strong impressions at camp and seven-on-seven events. Dennard has solid size at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds and he's a confident player, someone who trusts in his abilities in coverage. Dennard likely slots in as a field safety when he arrives in college and he should be able to pick up FBS offers before his recruitment is over.

21. Tariq Jones - Aliquippa

Strongside defensive end

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Aliquippa

RR: 0.0

Ht: 6'3.0"

Wt: 235.0

Class: 2018

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Aliquippa (Pa.) produces Division I talent year in and year out, something that no longer comes as a surprise to anybody familiar with high school football in the Pittsburgh area. Quips defensive lineman Tariq Jones has an impressive frame at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds and he should eventually grow into a run-stopper at the next level, whether it be at strongside defensive end or possibly at defensive tackle. A college strength and conditioning program will be critical for Jones.

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