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TYLER BOYD, WR, Clairton, 6-1, 168: Boyd has been one of the most productive players in Single-A the last two seasons as a running back, but his position in college will likely be receiver.

His blistering speed and natural athleticism should make the transition easy enough, as his numerous scholarship offers would seem to confirm. Arizona, Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Boston College, West Virginia and Notre Dame are among those to offer.

Hodari Christian, LB, McKeesport, 6-1, 215 – WEST VIRGINIA
Christian does not have ideal size, but teams are starting to catch on to his playmaking ability. Pitt and West Virginia may wind up duking it out for the McKeesport linebacker, but Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers and a few MAC programs are also in the mix.

DeShawn Coleman, RB, Hickory, 6-0, 170 – WEST VIRGINIA
Coleman chose WVU over Pitt and Purdue last month and is likely a perfect fit for Dana Holgorson’s offense. His size may dictate that he’ll move to receiver eventually, but his moves and cutting ability assure that you’ll be able to catch him on YouTube in the near future.

Robert Foster, WR, Central Valley, 6-3, 170
One of the top receiver recruits in the country, Foster has 62 receptions for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns the past two seasons for an average of 17.8 yards per catch. He’s also averaging over 10 yards per carry with another six touchdowns on the ground. In addition to the usual local suspects like Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia, Foster has offers from all of the elite such as Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Oregon and many others. His recent visits include Alabama, Pitt and Ohio State, but he’s pretty wide open as the camp season gets underway.

Tyler Haddock, DT, Montour, 6-0, 300 – TEMPLE
Haddock, part of a Montour defensive unit that limited seven  of 15 opponents to 14 points or less one season ago, jumped on his first offer and committed to Kent State in April, but jumped to Temple in June. Haddock had 55 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a junior.

Dorian Johnson, OL, Belle Vernon, 6-6, 280
Johnson has quickly become one of the most coveted offensive tackle recruits in the country and recently received an offer from defending national champion Alabama. Despite the national attention and over two dozen offers, Johnson committed to Penn State in teh spring. He de-committed after the program was hit with NCAA sanctions and now is down to Pitt, Ohio State and Virginia Tech. Pitt may have an “in” as the Panthers offensive coordinator, Joe Rudolph, is a Belle Vernon alum, but new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has made Johnson a top priority.

Patrick Kugler, OL, North Allegheny, 6-5, 280 – MICHIGAN
Son of Steelers offensive line coach Sean North Allegheny HSKugler, his older brother is at Purdue and he is headed to the Big 10 as well, as he committed to Michigan early in the process. Considered a top 10 offensive line prospect nationally, Kugler had offers from at least 30 BCS schools before deciding on the Wolverines. He’s a tackle at NA, but Michigan likes the idea of starting him in the interior, possibly even at center. As the son of a coach, his technique is excellent, but he’s also a brawler.

Scott Orndoff, TE, Seton LaSalle, 6-6, 245 – PITT
A former high school wide receiver and quarterback, Orndoff originally committed to Wisconsin, but when Paul Chryst left, he opened his recruiting and ultimately followed Chryst to Oakland. Orndoff had 20 catches for 348 yards and four touchdowns at Seton-La Salle last season. He was Chryst’s first recruit in the 2013 class.

Jaymar Parrish, TE, Gateway, 6-2, 205 – PITT
Parrish has an offer from Akron and plenty of interest from other D-1 schools, but it’s unsure where he’ll be targeted to play at the next level. Akron likes him as a tight end, Pitt likes him as a fullback, and he can also play on the defensive side of the ball. A track athlete and a wrestler, Parrish’s versatility and athleticism may be his biggest asset.

Chavas Rawlins, QB, Monessen, 6-4, 190 – WEST VIRGINIA
A dual-threat quarterback with legit sub 4.5 speed, Rawlins has narrowed his choices to West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio State, Pitt, Purdue and South Florida. One of the top sleepers in the country, his offers could easily increase once teams get to see his senior tape. Expect him to play away from home.

Damion Terry, QB, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-4, 210 – MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State was the first to offer Terry, and since then Boston College, Duke and Illinois have followed suit. His connection to the Spartans seems pretty strong, as he is the only QB in the 2013 class.

Delton Williams, ATH, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-2, 205
Williams could project as a safety or outside linebacker at the next level. Pitt was the first to offer, but West Virginia,Michigan State, Penn State and Nebraska have jumped aboard and at appears as though he is wide open, although his teammate Damion Terry has already committed to Michigan State.

Devin Wilson, WR, Montour, 6-4, 180
Photo by Bill McBrideA talented basketball player, Wilson’s first offer came from NC State. Akron offered a basketball scholarship to Wilson last year, but it appears as though football is where his future lies.

T.J. Armstrong, LB, Clarion, 6-2, 220 – OLD DOMINION

An all-state defensive end as a freshman, Armstrong missed his sophomore season due to injury, but bounced back with a strong junior year as a linebacker. Armstrong is one of the top players to come out of PIAA District 9 in recent memory. Despite several MAC offers, Armstrong committed to FBS school Old Dominion.

Matt Barone, OL, Montour, 6-3, 285 – UCONN
Barone chose the Huskies over Akron early in the process. He’s a big athletic guard for Lou Cerro at Montour, but he’ll likely move to center when he gets to UConn.

Dorian Brown, RB, Baldwin, 5-11, 186
Brown, of the top sprinters in the WPIAL, received his first D-1 offer from Navy last month, and more are likely to come his way. He ran for nearly 1,300 yards as a junior after picking up over 700 and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore.

Zach Challingsworth, WR, South Fayette, 6-2, 180 – PITT
Challingsworth’s deceiving speed had him climbing the charts as camp season was winding down. He was the main component of South Fayette’s offense as s junior and jumped on an offer from Toledo until Pitt offered in June. He accepted the next day.

James Conner, DE, Erie McDowell, 6-2, 235 – PITT
Conner has added size since his junior year and can play multiple positions, so offers may begin to come his way once the season starts. At this point, he’s a sleeper, but he makes plays at big times and could wind up playing D-1 before it’s all said and done.

Zach Guiser, DB, Greensburg Central Catholic, 6-1, 195 – AKRON
Guiser will probably play strong safety for the Zips, whose offer he accepted in June. 

Neil Walker’s contract expires after the 2016 season. The Pirates second baseman is due for a big raise in arbitration this offseason—likely to $10 million—and signing him to a long-term extension will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $12-$15 million annually.
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