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Taking a look at SE Pennsylvania's Top Wide Receivers

Posted Tuesday, October 12, 2010 by Rick OBrien, Phillynews


We continue our top 10 football player rankings with the best wide receivers in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

This subjective list is based on, among other things, a player's hands, route-running ability, knack for making the clutch reception, toughness in traffic, and skill at running for yardage after the catch.

Please note that some two-way standouts, such as George Washington's Nate Smith and La Salle's Kevin Forster, will not be listed here. They will get their due when we rank the area's top defenders. Smith and Forster also excel as defensive backs.

Because of the high number of solid pass-catchers, we've cranked the list up to 15.

1. Tyler Kroft, Downingtown East, senior, 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. A converted tight end, Kroft, bound for Rutgers, and quarterback Trey Lauletta make up one of the area's top pass-catch duos.

2. Dexter Bridge, Conestoga, senior, 6-2, 195. The speedy wideout is mulling scholarship offers from Illinois and North Carolina State. Michigan State, Rutgers, and Syracuse were also interested.

3. Dion Shaw, Ridley, senior, 6-1, 190. Shaw, who doubles as a cornerback for the undefeated Green Raiders, was drawing interest from Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple, and West Virginia, among others.

4. Anthony Davis, Chester, senior, 6-0, 175. Entering Saturday's Del-Val League opener against Glen Mills, the quick-footed Davis had 17 catches for 335 yards and four touchdowns.

5. Louis Smith, Downingtown West, senior, 6-2, 185. Along with junior halfback Tim Connell, Smith is a catalyst in the Whippets' spread/wing-T attack.

6. Jaelen Strong-Rankin, West Catholic, senior, 6-4, 190. Quick and a strong leaper, the ever-improving Strong-Rankin, just 16 years old, is a handful for opposing cornerbacks.

7. Terrell Watson, Upper Moreland, senior, 6-4, 215. Watson, also a force at outside linebacker, is one of the Suburban One League American Conference's biggest threats.

8. Rashaun Sligh, Northeast, senior, 6-2, 210. Sligh, an athletic swingman in hoops, has heard from the likes of Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Rutgers, and UCLA. He has 12 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown.

9. Dwight Williams, Neshaminy, senior, 6-3, 195. Before Friday's matchup vs. Council Rock North, Williams had 10 catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

10. Brad Wilson, Del-Val Charter, senior, 5-11, 185. Last season, Wilson, while earning all-Public League honors, had 21 catches for 625 yards and 13 TDs.

11. Daryl Worley, Penn Charter, sophomore, 6-2, 160. The underclassman showed his big-time potential in an opener against Penn Wood, with six catches for 114 yards and three TDs.

12. William Fuller, Roman Catholic, sophomore, 6-0, 145. Like Worley, Fuller has made an early impact. Against Malvern Prep in Week 2, his TD receptions covered 44, 47, and 13 yards.

13. Dan Rouse, Cheltenham, senior, 5-11, 175. The fleet-footed Rouse has done a little bit of everything for coach Joe Gro's usually run-dominated Panthers.

14. Joey Sankey, Penn Charter, senior, 5-7, 155. Through four games, Sankey, also a standout attackman in lacrosse, had 18 catches for 270 yards and two TDs.

15. Paul McGann, St. Joseph's Prep, senior, 6-1, 180. Few will forget the 33-yard, late-game stab he made in last month's thrilling one-point loss to Archbishop Wood.

Twenty others to watch (listed alphabetically): Nick Barndtcq, Quakertown, senior, 6-0, 180; Bill Bell, Central Bucks West, senior, 6-4, 190; Michael Boltecq, Malvern Prep, senior, 6-2, 190; Jeff Buchanan, Upper Dublin, senior, 6-0, 175; Sean Coleman, La Salle, sophomore, 5-9, 160; Austin Constable, West Chester Henderson, senior, 6-1, 175; Daquan Cooper, George Washington, senior, 5-10, 165; Chris Cordivari, Bishop Shanahan, senior 6-1, 185; Norm Donkin, Ridley, senior, 5-11, 185; Richard Drayton, Central, junior, 6-0, 205; Quran Kent, West Catholic, senior, 5-7, 155; Kyle Kerrick, Coatesville, junior, 6-3, 195; John McGilligan, Monsignor Bonner, junior, 6-0, 190; Shane Morrell, Episcopal Academy, senior, 6-3, 180; Anthony Nash, West Chester Rustin, junior, 6-5, 175; Rich Orth, Upper Dublin, senior, 5-8, 165; Matt Pinzkacq, Lansdale Catholic, senior, 6-0, 195; Damiere Shaw, Cardinal O'Hara, junior, 6-0, 165; Gerard Wendowski, North Penn, senior, 6-2, 195; Josh Williams, Central Bucks South, senior, 6-2, 185.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/high_school/pennsylvania/20101009_Taking_a_look_at_SE_Pennsylvanias_top_HS_wide_receivers.html#ixzz12AgnEWFQ
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