West Xtra: Montour athlete is still awaiting an offer

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
March 1, 2012 12:01 am

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The high school football recruiting season ended with the national signing day a month ago, right?

The truth is that football recruiting at the high school level never ends. As soon as college coaches solidified the class of 2012 they started working on the class of '13. And there are always a few players who are still out there for this year's class.

Take Ryan Lewis for example. Lewis is a 6 foot 5, 240-pound lineman who did not play a down this past season for WPIAL Class AAA champion Montour. He was ruled ineligible by the WPIAL and the PIAA after transferring from North Catholic.

Although Lewis doesn't have any recent football game film to show what he can do, he has been eligible to play basketball for Montour since mid-January and has had an opportunity to display his athletic ability. And that has produced some telephone calls to Montour football coach Lou Cerro.

"Yes, I've gotten a few," he said when asked about Lewis. "Some people have seen him play basketball and seen what he can do. They've mostly been from Division II schools. I'm not sure what he's going to do."

Cerro has received a lot more calls on three of his juniors -- offensive lineman Matt Barone, defensive lineman Tyler Haddock and wide receiver Devin Wilson.

North Allegheny lineman Rob Kugler, who verbally committed to Michigan a couple weeks ago, is the "big name" when it comes to junior linemen in Pennsylvania. But some recruiting services have Barone, who is 6-3, 270, rated highly as a center.

"That's probably where he's going to play in college ... center or guard," Cerro said. "A lot of Division I schools seem interested in Matt."

Utah has offered him a scholarship.

North Carolina State has offered Wilson (6-4, 175), who is the point guard on the school's basketball team, a football scholarship.

Wilson, who isn't sure which sport he will play at the next level, caught 72 passes for 901 yards and scored 12 touchdowns in helping the Spartans to the WPIAL Class AAA title and the PIAA semifinals.

Haddock, who is 6-0, 300, would have every Division I school this side of the Mississippi after him if he were a little taller. He has been compared to Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton.

He'll play football

Like Wilson, South Fayette junior Zach Challingsworth is as talented on the basketball court as he is the football field. But Challingsworth, who caught 41 passes for 658 yards and rushed 34 times for another 210 as a receiver for the Lions, plans to play football in college. He scored 10 touchdowns.


First Published 2012-03-01 01:02:26

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