Philly H.S. Football Class of 2015 Top 25 Prospect List
Posted March 3, 2014 1:11 pm
Pictured above is John Reid of St. Joseph’s Prep High School
Last year PREPS.COM brought you the exclusive pre-season “Hot 16” in Philly. This year, we bring you the Top 25 Philadelphia High School football prospects in the class of 2015. We will have a Top 50 list after spring evaluations. Make sure you make a profile on preps.com today!
NOTE: There will be a separate lists for the schools from District 1
1.John Reid – St. Joseph’s – 5’10”, 180 Cornerback
If it seems like Reid has been in high school forever, don’t feel bad. Reid has been a starter since his freshman year of high school. He came into high school with technique that was better than most seniors due to his involvement with the Philly Football Skills Academy before arriving at St Joseph’s High School. Every big-time school has offered Reid. Will Penn State be able to snag Reid at the end of the day?
2. Ryan Bates – Archbishop Wood – 6’5”, 280 Offensive Tackle
Bates ended the suspense over his recruitment a few weeks ago by committing to Penn State. The best offensive lineman on a team that literally ran it’s way to another PIAA AAA State Championship in 2013.
3. Shareef Miller – Frankford – 6’5”, 218 Defensive End
Miller’s stock has skyrocketed within the past year. He is a raw and athletic defensive end with a lot of explosiveness. Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Virginia are some of his offers that he currently holds. He could possibly take the top spot in the future.
4. Jon Runyan – St. Joseph’s – 6’4”, 250
Runyan ended the suspense a long time ago when he committed to Michigan back on June of 2013.
5 .Kyle Shurmur – LaSalle – 6’4”, 215 Quarterback
Currently holds offers from Pittsburgh and Illinois. You have to imagine that he will reach double-digits by the end of the summer, especially if he does well during the evaluation period and during prospect camps.
6. Jake Cooper – Archbishop Wood – 6’2”, 220 Middle Linebacker
Cooper is one of those “throwback” type middle linebackers, but don’t get it twisted. He is an athlete and has started ever since he was a freshman. Cooper recently committed to Penn State after being courted by a number of schools in the Northeast including Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Boston College. Penn State a.k.a. “Linebacker U” is the perfect fit for his style of play.
7. Olamide Zaccheaus –St. Joseph’s , 5’9”, 180 Athlete
The speedy Zaccheaus currently holds three offers. Two of those offers come from Miami (Florida) and Pittsburgh. There’s nothing that Zaccheaus cannot do on the field and that makes him a very intriguing player at the next level. Expect his offer count to increase before the end of the summer.
8. Samir Bullock – Archbishop Ryan – 5’7”, 175 Running Back
One may think he’s too small but once you check out his highlight video, you realize that he plays way bigger than what his size would suggest. Bullock can beat you inside, outside, and from anywhere on the field. Some Division-1 school will take a chance on him because the talent is clearly there for everybody to see. He was the best offensive player last year in Philly and one of the best in the state.
9.Hayden Mahoney – Malvern Prep, 6’5”, 270 Offense Tackle
You will hear plenty about Mahoney in the upcoming months. Last month, Mahoney received offers from Miami (Florida) and Old Dominion. It’s safe to say that the first school that offered him, Elon, is out of the race for his services.
10. D.J. Moore – Imhotep – 6’0”, 180 Wide Receiver
Moore currently holds offers from Temple and Western Michigan. I think Moore needs to have an impressive off-season to reel in more offers in the upcoming months. Knowing the history of Imhotep’s players, you can count on it.
11. Gladimir Paul – Northeast – 6’3”, 210 Defensive End
Paul is under the radar regionally, but he’s one of Philly’s best defensive ends in the class of 2015.
12. Alex Hornibrook – Malvern Prep 6’3”, 202
Hornibrook currently holds an offer from Akron. He’s another one of those kids who most likely start to see more offers later on in the spring or this summer. Has good size and a strong arm. Will see a lot of him on the 7v7 circuit.
13.Dimitri Kelly – Roman Catholic –6’1”, 190 Running Back
Kelly is one of the more under-the-radar backs in the Philly area. He has some nice size to him and is a consistent runner. He’ll need to have a few good prospect camps to get some offers.
14.Jarrett McClenton – Archbishop Wood – 5’8”, 160 Running Back
You can probably take everything that was said about Bullock (above) and apply it to McClenton. McClenton’s performance in the PIAA AAA State Championship game against Bishop McDevitt pretty much solidified his status as one of the top running backs in Philly.
15. Jimmy Herron – LaSalle – 6’1”, 175 Wide Receiver
Herron would probably have offers but he has already committed to play BASEBALL at Duke University. We felt the need to recognize his status as one of the better players in Philly, so we decided not to omit him from this list.
16. Jack Strain – St. Joseph’s – 6’3”, 235 Offensive Lineman
17. Nasir Bonner – Imhotep – 5’10”, 180 Running Back
Bonner’s case is one of those where you can’t go by the offensive numbers to determine how good he really is. He shares carries with two other running backs who ran for over 800-plus yards themselves.
18. Jordan Meachum – LaSalle – 5’8”, 185 Running Back
Meachum is one of those jack-of-all-trades at the running back position. He can run and catch equally as well. Very productive for a back that has to share carries in an offense that likes to spread the ball around.
19.Paul Dooley – Chestnut Hill Academy, 6’1”, 200 Athlete
Possibly the city’s best kept secret to those outside of the area. Dooley is an exciting player to watch and it’ll be interesting to see if his height as a quarterback deters major Division 1 schools from offering.
20.Asa Manley – Northeast – 6’0”, 170 Cornerback
Manley played two-ways in 2013 as a running back and cornerback. Conventional wisdom says that he’ll be a cornerback at the next level.
21. Ryan Brady – LaSalle – 6’2”, 180 Linebacker
Brady was a key cog in LaSalle’s defense during the 2013 season. Very athletic backer. Strong-safety at the next level?
22.Andre Dreuitt-Parks – Imhotep – 6’2”, 175 Quarterback
Dreuitt-Parks has been a starter for Imhotep since his freshman year. He’s progressed each year and this is a crucial off-season for him offers-wise. However, not pressure, Imhotep has coaches coming in and out of their school on a regular basis. Meaning: He’ll get his opportunities to showcase his ability.
23. Akhil Crumpton – West Catholic – 5’9”, 165 Wide Receiver
The speedy wide receiver turned in a pretty impressive 2013 season. Would make for a really good slot-receiver at the next level. One of the best playmakers in Philly.
24. John Chaney – Roman Catholic – 5’10”, 180 Cornerback
Underrated defensive back from the Philly area. Also a product of the Philly Football Skills Academy, so you know his technique is excellent.
25.William Turner – Delaware Valley Charter High School – 6’1”, 190
His team doesn’t get much press but he’s a really good linebacker. Could end up as a safety at the next level if he has cover skills.