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Only 18 from WPIAL sign Division I-A ..... Comments on Pitt class ..... Other notes

Written by Mike White on .

Two years ago, only 21 football players from the WPIAL signed with Division I-A colleges. At the time, that was possibly the lowest number of Division I-A signees from the WPIAL ever.

But this year's number of Division I-A players is even lower.

Today was national letter-of-intent day and only 18 players from the WPIAL were known to have signed with Division I-A colleges. Wow. That has to be the loweset total ever - or at least in the past 50 years.

Here are the WPIAL players who are known to have signed with Division I-A colleges.

PITT -- Tyler Boyd, Clairton (WR, 6-2, 175); Zach Challingsworth, South Fayette (WR, 6-2, 190); Titus Howard, Clairton (DB, 6-2, 180); Dorian Johnson, Belle Vernon (OL, 6-6, 280); Scott Orndoff, Seton-LaSalle, (TE, 6-5, 245); Jaymar Parrish, Gateway (FB, 6-2, 230); Terrish Webb, Clairton (DB, 5-11, 170).

WEST VIRGINIA -- Hodari Christian, McKeesport (LB, 6-0, 215); Chavas Rawlins, Monessen (QB, 6-3, 188).

AKRON -- Zach GuiserGreensburg Central Catholic (DB, 6-0, 190); Michael KishBrentwood (TE); Thomas Woodson, Gateway (QB, 6-2, 225).

ALABAMA -- Robert Foster, Central Valley (WR, 6-2, 185).

MICHIGAN -- Pat Kugler, North Allegheny (OL, 6-4, 280).

OHIO -- Dorian Brown, Baldwin (RB, 5-10, 172).

TEMPLE -- Matt Barone, Montour (OL, 6-3, 275)); Tyler Haddock, Montour (DL, 5-11, 300).

UTEP -- Mack Leftwich, North Allegheny (QB, 5-11, 190).

Comments on Pitt-PSU

Tom Lemming is a well-known, longtime recruiting analyst. He puts Pitt's class No. 26 in the country. Here is what Lemming said about Pitt: "The quarterback out of Ohio (Tra'von Chapman) is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country. Tyler Boyd is a go-to receiver they have been looking for. Scott Orndoff is one of the top tight ends. They have some other big-time players, too, like Dorian Johnson. Athletically, I think they are right where they want to be. As far as impact players, they got some of those with Boyd, Chapman and Johnson."

Adam Friedman is a Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. Here are some of his thoughts on Pitt: "The main concern for them was keeping Tyler Boyd because they lost out on Robert Foster. Getting Boyd was really big for them. In the ACC, I'd put Pitt sixth right behind Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida State.

"I think this class is a step forward for them. It might not have great overall talent, but it has some star power. When you combine that with the overall talent of last year's class, it should help them take a step forward. They definitely needed help on the offensive line and they got that with Dorian Johnson. Jaryd Jones-Smith has a lot of potential. Tra'von Chapman is going to be their future quarterback. He needs to improve his accuracy and decision making a little, but I like where they're headed with him.

Here is Lemming on Penn State's class: "Everyone was gloom and doom thinking they were finished. I wasn't. I thought it might take them three to four years to get back, but they may be back earlier. I think they'll be able to tell the kids in the class of 2015 that, if you redshirt, you can play in a bowl game for four years.

"The way they are playing and recruiting, I think they are going to be able to rebound much quicker than most people thought they would."

Other recruiting notes

California University of Pa. signed eight players from the WPIAL and one from the City League. A few of the best are Woodland Hills defensive end Jawan Turner, Woodland Hills linebacker Alex Beasley and Seneca Valley tight end R.J. McCauley. Turner was a Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selection and Beasley is a Big 33 all-star game selection.

McKeesport quarterback Ed Stockett, who committed to Akron last summer only to eventually have his scholarship pulled, signed with IUP.

Seneca Valley's Forrest Barnes, a Fabulous 22 running back, signed with The Citadel.

Washington linebacker Jaylin Kelly, who was getting some interest from some Division I-A colleges, signed with I-AA Youngstown State

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