2019 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 2019 class.  

15. Jake Stebbins

Inside linebacker

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Harmony

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Ht: 6'2.0"

Wt: 220.0

Class: 2019

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Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley linebacker Jake Stebbins is a throwback at middle linebacker, a run-stopper and hard hitter who has the mental faculties that will make him a team captain in years to come. Stebbins is a heady player and a well-built one at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, although I'd like to see him continue working on his sideline-to-sideline abilities as he grows in his career. Seneca Valley's linebacker corps will be strong in 2019 with Stebbins, 2019's Saige Ley, and 2018's Gabe Miller.

14. Tyler King - Pine Richland

Inside linebacker

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Ht: 6'1.0"

Wt: 225.0

Class: 2019

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A near polar opposite of Stebbins despite their shared listed position, Pine Richland's Tyler King is most impressive for his sideline-to-sideline quickness and ability to roam the field at a young age. He's not quite as big as his listed size right now, but he can strike when he arrives at the point of attack and looks like a potential outside linebacker. For King, working to add size and muscle while maintaining his speed will be the most important part of the next year of his recruiting process. Playing at a talented program line Pine Richland where the eyes of college coaches from all over will be watching can only help.

13. Will Gipson - Aliquippa

Pro-style quarterback

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Ht: 6'3.0"

Wt: 181.0

Class: 2019

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After a brief departure from the program, 6-foot-3, 181-pound quarterback Will Gipson is back at perhaps the most legendary WPIAL program, Aliquippa (Pa.). Gibson already has offers from Toledo and Howard and should only add more. His release and throwing motion are somewhat unorthodox, but Gipson delivers the football on time and accurately with consistency and has plus arm strength. He'll need to clean up his mechanics as time goes on, but he could be a key piece to a dangerous Aliquippa team this fall.

12. Dante Cephas - Penn Hills

Wide Receiver

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Ht: 6'1.0"

Wt: 175.0

Class: 2019

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Stop me if you've heard me say this before - the Penn Hills skill player position groups are absolutely loaded. 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver Dante Cephas will pair 2018 receiver Julian Major, 2018 running back Tim Smith, 2019 receiver Daequan Hardy, 2019 running back Terry Smith, and others to form an explosive list of options for 2019 quarterback Hollis Mathis. Cephas is well-built at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds and has serious interest from several Power Five programs. His mental concentration will have to improve to allow him to be more consistent, but Cephas can make impressive grabs and has the look of a downfield threat.

11. Daniel Walker Jr. - Washington

Safety

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Ht: 6'1.0"

Wt: 180.0

Class: 2019

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Washington (Pa.) safety Daniel Walker Jr. is one of the more impressive prospects in the WPIAL's 2019 class, but he's also one of the bigger enigmas in western Pennsylvania. After growing up in Washington, Walker moved down to Georgia for a time and picked up college interest and an offer from Louisville. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back/wide receiver is now back in his hometown and has the look of a long, ball-hawking safety who could blossom into a bigger college prospect than he currently is. Keep an eye on Walker this fall as he settles back into his hometown.

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