2019 WPIAL Rankings: 10-6

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 2019 class. 

10. Rahmon Hart Jr. - Imani Christian Academy

Wide Receiver

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Pittsburgh

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Ht: 6'2.0"

Wt: 200.0

Class: 2019

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At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Imani Christian Academy wide receiver Rahmon Hart Jr. (sometimes better known as RJ) is one of the most physically imposing prospects in the WPIAL's 2019 class. Hart has recently transferred to Imani from Plum and his junior season will be a key one. Hart catches the football as well as any prospect in the region and can out-muscle defensive backs easily, but his speed is somewhat of a concern. Like many prospects who grew into big bodies early in their careers, Hart could add speed as time goes on and he adapts to his size. Either way, he's an impressive receiving target.

9. Dre Howell - Baldwin

Wide Receiver

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Pittsburgh

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Ht: 6'0.0"

Wt: 155.0

Class: 2019

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Baldwin (Pa.)'s Dre Howell can absolutely fly, making him exciting at either wide receiver or defensive back when he gets to the college level. It should be only a matter of time until offers start to flow in for Howell, who has not just speed, but agility and skill at 6-foot and 155 pounds. Howell will need to add muscle and size to make the leap in his junior season, as he did not progress exactly as hoped from freshman to sophomore year. Still, few prospects in the WPIAL have more upside than Howell if he can master his raw ability.

8. Elijah Boyd - North Allegheny

Offensive tackle

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Ht: 6'4.0"

Wt: 260.0

Class: 2019

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To continue the theme of physically dominant prospects who need to harness their upside and potential, North Allegheny (Pa.) lineman Elijah Boyd has the look of an athletic mauler if he can grow into his body and improve technically. Boyd's athleticism and feet at his size are reminiscent of 2018 Butler (Pa.) prospect Jake Kradel, whose recruitment blew up following his junior season. Keep an eye on Boyd's recruitment if his junior season film reflects the impressive skill-set he showed off during camp season this spring and summer. Pitt and other programs are closely watching the North Allegheny standout.

7. Joey Porter Jr. - North Allegheny

Cornerback

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Pittsburgh

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Ht: 6'1.0"

Wt: 165.0

Class: 2019

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Joey Porter Jr. has a famous and well-known namesake in the city of Pittsburgh and if he can have a career resembling anything like his father's, high school football fans in the area should be excited. While Porter Sr. was a well-known linebacker, his son is currently taking most of his reps at defensive back and wide receiver. He's an exciting prospect on the defensive side, where his length, athleticism, and leaping ability helped lead to an early offer from Pitt. He nearly perfectly fits the mold of what they're looking for in the defensive secondary. Don't be surprised if Porter can grow into a linebacker as he grows into his body and physically matures, but expect him to play defense either way.

6. Brian Dallas - Pittsburgh Central Catholic

Weakside defensive end

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Pittsburgh

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Ht: 6'3.0"

Wt: 215.0

Class: 2019

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Pass-rushers are coveted during today's era of recruiting and no prospect in the WPIAL appears to have a higher profile skill-set in that regard than Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic's Brian Dallas. Dallas is quick and explosive at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds and he shows the flexibility to get around the edge as well as the burst to get off of the line of scrimmage quickly. Right now, Dallas badly needs to add weight and muscle to become a college defensive end, but he has plenty of time to do that. The best comparison in the 2018 WPIAL class for Dallas would be Thomas Jefferson standout and Pitt commit Noah Palmer, a player who fulfills a similar role as a stand-up pass-rusher in high school.

Sophomore highlights for Dallas are not yet available.

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