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2016 High School Football: Top Local Prospects

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Western Pennsylvania's football recruiting class of 2017 is a strong one, led by Clairton's Lamont Wade -- one of the top recruits in the country. The class also features a multitude of interior line talent.

Lamont Wade, DB, Clairton
The 5-9, 180-pound Wade is the top player in Pennsylvania and one of the top prospects in the country. A standout running back since his freshman year at Clairton, Wade projects as a defensive back at the next level.
Top ten: Alabama, Duke, Mississippi State, Penn State, Pitt, Ohio State, Tennesssee, UCLA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
PSR's Prediction: Penn State.

Paris Ford, DB, Steel Valley
The four-star talent committed to Pitt in October of last year, choosing the Panthers from more than three dozen other offers. Ford has been one of Pitt's chief recruiters ever since. He transferred from Seton-LaSalle after his junior season and will play for Steel Valley in 2016.
Verbal committment: Pitt

David Adams, LB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic
The 6-2, 225-pound linebacker is one of three WPIAL players headed to South Bend next year. Adams chose Notre Dame over offers from 31 other schools, including Baylor, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Iowa State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt and Stanford.
Verbal committment: Notre Dame

C.J. Thorpe, OL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Thorpe will follow in the footsteps of his father, Chris, who was a running back for the Nittany Lions in the 1980's. C.J. has a massive frame at 6-4 and 310 pounds, and he has tremendous strength and raw power.
Verbal committment: Notre Dame

Donovan Jeter, DT, Beaver Falls
Jeter's size and strength give him massive potential as a disruptive force in the interior or as a pass-rusher from the edge. A four-star recruit, Jeter's older brother Sheldon plays basketball at Pitt.
Top Five: Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee
PSR's Prediction: Pitt.

Joshua Lugg, OL, North Allegheny
A mammoth offensive tackle at 6-7, 285-pounds, Lugg had 14 scholarship offers and chose the Fighting Irish over Pitt, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin after visiting its South Bend, Ind., campus twice this summer.
Verbal committment: Notre Dame

Kurt Hinish, DL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic
The three-star tackle surprised many when he chose Notre Dame over in-state favorites Pitt and Penn State this past spring. At 6-3, 280-pounds, Hinish projects as a stout interior lineman for the Irish in the future.
Verbal committment: Notre Dame

Kenny Robinson, LB, Imani Christian
A three-star linebacker/defensive back prospect has flown under the radar, but has a growing list of offers that figures to be even larger once his senior tape gets out. Robinson can play on both sides of the ball.
Current offers: Cincinnati, Iowa State, Louisville, Pitt, Temple, Toledo and West Virginia.
PSR's Prediction: Pitt.

Rick Squires, ATH, Penn Hills
The three-star wide receiver has excellent size at 6-1, 200-pounds and could wind up as a linebacker or a d-back. He is rated as the 18th best prospect in the state by Rivals and will likely pick up more offers this fall.
Current Offers: Akron, Iowa State, Ohio
PSR'S Prediction: Akron

Gabe Houy, OL, Upper St. Clair
A huge offensive lineman at 6-7, 280, Houy was offered by Pitt early in the process. His offer list has since exploded and Louisville, Maryland, Illinois and Wake Forest were among the programs coming on strong in recent weeks.
Verbal committment: Pitt

Dewayne Murray, RB, Steel Valley
The three-star running back has been one of the most productive backs in the state the past two years after rushing 165 times for 1,615 yards (9.8 yards per carry) and 36 touchdowns in 2015 season. Still waiting for a Pitt offer.
Top five: Toledo, Bowling Green, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan.
PSR Prediction: WVU

Zane Zandier, LB, Thomas Jefferson
The versatile three-star prospect has played wildcat quarterback and wide receiver for TJ, but he excels as a physical free safety with outstanding cover skills. Growing offer list.
Current FBS offers: Cincinnati, Syracuse, Toledo and West Virginia.
PSR Prediction: Toledo.

Other notable commitments:
Collin Smith, DB, Ligonier Valley (WVU)
Griffin Sestili, TE, North Allegheny (TEMPLE)
Tyler Sear, TE, Neshannock (TEMPLE)

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