Rutgers Target Shareef Miller Among Players on Philly Public League “HOT 16” List
Posted August 2, 2013 9:58 pm
Preps.com drops its Philadelphia Public League “HOT SIXTEEN” for the 2013 season. These are sixteen football players from the Philadelphia Public League that we think will have either a break-out season or continue their all-league worthy performances from the 2012 season.
Aaron Ruff – Imhotep – Offensive Tackle – 6’5”, 280
Ruff was a big part of Imhotep’s running game, helping to pave holes for David Williams (now at South Carolina) , Eerin Young, and Nasir Bonner (class of 2015). Ruff gave an early verbal commit to Temple back in April.
Andre Dreuitt-Parks – Quarterback – 6’2”, 175 (Class of 2015)
The junior wasn’t called on to pass the ball much during the year but did manage to throw for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdown passes. With a year of experience, Dreuitt-Parks could see some more opportunities to throw the ball.
Asa Manley – Prep Charter – Athlete – 6’0”, 180
Manley has seen his stock rise in the past few months. He gained over 700 yards in total offense and scored 13 total touchdowns. He’s being looked at mainly as a cornerback.
Damion Samuels – Frankford – Running Back – 5’9”, 165
Samuels is one of the better running backs in the public league and comes back for his senior season after rushing for 692 yards and scoring 12 total touchdowns in 2012. He helped lead Frankford to a Public League AAAA title in 2012. Samuels currently holds an offer from Massachusetts.
Deandre Scott – Imhotep – Safety – 5’8”, 180
Scott holds over 20 offers from several BCS schools including Miami (FL), Michigan State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Boston College and Tennessee. It’s evident that nobody is holding his height against him. He is truly a speedy back and can cover with the best of them. He’s ultra-competitive and has that “it” factor. Add in the “killer instinct” that he has on the defensive side of the ball and it’s a no-brainer as to why colleges believe he has a tremendous upside.
Delane Hart – Martin Luther King – Wide Receiver – 6’3”, 180
A few years ago I remember Hart actually participated in a Linemen Challenge up in Harrisburg, PA. No, Hart is probably the best wide receiver in the Philly Public League. Hart made 43 catches for 778 yards and 7 receiving touchdowns during the 2012 season. Hart currently holds offers from Tulane, Buffalo, Old Dominion, Stony Brook and Tulane.
D.J. Moore – Imhotep – Athlete – 6’0”, 180 (Class of 2015)
Moore already holds an offer from Temple going into his junior year. Look for Moore to be a bigger part of Imhotep’s offense this year. He was the second leading receiver last year with 213 yards and 3 touchdowns. But don’t let the stats sway you, the kid has a good upside.
Dontae Angus – Martin Luther King – Offensive Tackle – 6’6”, 330
Angus has made one of the more dramatic improvements that I’ve seen in a lineman in a long time. I remember seeing him in person before his 10th grade year and his coaches told me that with some work, he’d turn into one of the better players in Pennsylvania. Angus has fulfilled most of that prophecy and recently gave a verbal commitment to play his collegiate football for the Florida Gators.
Jermaine Norris – Mastery Charter – Athlete – 5’11”, 170
Playing for one of the more under-the-radar teams in the Philly area, Norris was able to make 45 catches for 679 yards and 8 receiving touchdowns. In the run-heavy Public League, that’s a pretty impressive feat. Master Charter will have a new starting quarterback this year, so putting up better numbers in 2013 might be a little harder. Norris is getting some looks from colleges as a cornerback.
Joe Walker – Martin Luther King – Quarterback – 6’3”, 190
Quite frankly, there’s no point in even looking at Walker’s statistics passing because they won’t tell you any of his story at all. Walker currently holds offers from Buffalo, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Delaware. Walker has earned all of his offers during this offseason by excelling in 7v7 passing camps and college prospect camps as well. Walker even earned an invite to a prospect camp out at Ohio State at point. Walker has transferred to Martin Luther King High School and they look to be one of the best looking teams on paper in the Public League. Here’s assuming he’ll pass for more than just 300 yards this season in a new offense.
John Graham – Prep Charter – 6’3”, 160
Graham caught 25 catches for 389 yards and 7 touchdown receptions. I’ve seen Graham at several offseason events including a 7v7 passing camp and a skills camp as well. He has some of the best footwork for a wide receiver that I saw over the 2013 “camp season”. I think he’s good enough to play cornerback as well at the next level. His route-running is impressive and I think he’s gained some extra “swagger” that’ll carry into the 2013 season.
Nasir Bonner – Imhotep – Running Back – 5’10”, 180 (2015)
High expectations are nothing new to Bonner. He’s been pegged as the “next big thing” at the running back position for Imhotep and that Public League as a whole. While sharing carries with two other running backs who combined for almost 2800 yards, Bonner rushed for 574 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. The kid is smooth. So smooth, he already has offers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Yep, he’s got NEXT.
Nyeem Thrones – Imhotep – Cornerback – 5’9”, 170
Here’s a player that has gotten a little bit overlooked due to the “star” power on his Imhotep. Luckily, college coaches have taken notice of his coverage skills as a cornerback. Thrones currently holds offers from Buffalo, Monmouth, and Temple
Shareef Miller – Frankford – Defensive End – 6’4”, (2015)
Will Miller be the next big-time defensive lineman recruit out of the Illadelph? We may have to wait a few years to find out, but it’s obvious that the kid has some really good raw talent. He currently holds offers from Buffalo and Rutgers. If he puts on some weight and has a monster 2013 season, he can be one of the more highly recruited players coming out of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Tyrone Barge – Imhotep – Offensive Tackle – 6’2”, 268
Barge currently has no offers but he plays one of the more high-profile teams in the state. He is widely considered one of the best defensive linemen in Southeastern PA.
Walter Pegues – Central – Athlete – 5’9”, 150
Pegues should have a bigger role in the Lancers’ offense as Jesse Gillis and Hakeem Ellis have both graduated. Pegues should get to touch the ball more in 2013. Still, he was able to score 10 touchdowns in 2012, including 5 on kickoff and punt returns. More touches will most likely equal more touchdowns for Pegues.