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C-M's Paulina ranked 11th best WPIAL prospect

Ringgold QB Nico Law
I'm not a big fan of preseason rankings for high school football, but Karlo Kovko of Pitt 24/7 Sports released his top 150 senior football prospects in the WPIAL.

Canon-McMillan senior offensive lineman Alex Paulina, a Pitt commit, leads area players as the 11th ranked prospect on the list. He is followed in the top-25 by South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh at 18, Peters Township quarterback Cory Owen at 19 and Ringgold quarterback Nico Law (22).

Other players include SF defensive back Roman Denson (26), Trinity quarterback Forrest Cullings (50), SF tight end Logan Sharp (61), McGuffey lineman Ryan Stienstraw (74), Wash High safety/running back Malik Wells (85), Wash High lineman Zach Blystone (90), McGuffey running back James Duchi (112), SF lineman Anthony Davidson (113).

You can find the complete rankings here.

Biggest suprise: North Catholic athlete PJ Fulmore at number one. Fulmore is a great player, but its tough to argue against Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead, who has offers from Alabama, Penn State, Ohio State, Pitt and West Virginia.

  • Brumbaugh and Owen are receiving more interest than their ranking, but it's understandable. On the other hand, I think Blystone is the most underrated player on the list. He'll senior season will justify a much higher ranking

Law: Ringgold's Nico Law will pick up more interest after the season begins. I'm curious to see how he adjusts to a new offense, but he could be an exciting weapon for many college football programs. Incredibly fast and is a much better passer than people think.Read full post: C-M's Paulina ranked 11th best WPIAL prospect

MaxPreps: South Fayette 19th best football program in PA since 2004

Zach Walker
Two PIAA Class AA football championship appearances, including a state title in 2013, will go a long way to building the legacy of a high school football program.

South Fayette's trip to Shippensburg in 2010 & 2013 Class AA state title earned the Lions a spot in among the top-20 programs in the state since 2004, according to to

The team's 16-0 season in 2013 ended with a 41-0 state title win over Imhotep Charter and a No. 4 ranking according to MaxPreps. The performance made them the 19th best team in the state over the past decade.

The website has put out football computer rankings for each state for the past decade and awarded points to teams based on where they finished at the end of each season.

Other WPIAL teams that made the top-20, which you can find here, include top-ranked Central Catholic, Clairton (2), Thomas Jefferson (4), North Allegheny (8), Upper St. Clair (12), Woodland Hills (t-13), McKeesport (15) and Gateway (16).

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