Aliquippa Pipeline Still Rich with Talent
Posted February 11, 2014 8:28 pm
Last year, it was arguable Aliquippa had the best Quips team in the last 15 years. That team, however, fell short in the WPIAL Championship to eventual State Champion South Fayette. With a star studded roster filled with senior blue chippers Dravon Henry and Jaleel Fields, with other D1 recruits Terry Swanson and Jyier Turner, many thought we would see a drop in talent in Aliquippa after the 2014 class graduates.
That is not the case.
Aliquippa has emerged with 3 new blue chip prospects this year. Arrington Gipson, Patrick Anderson, and Kaezon Pugh (class of 2016) look to continue the rich Quip tradition. Cornerback Jassir Jordan also looks to make some noise his junior year.
Anderson, who did not play football as a sophomore, came alive late last year and showed the WPIAL what he had on it’s biggest stage, the WPIAL Championship at Heinz Field. Growing 2 more inches since that game, he now stands at a towering 6’5 and goes up and grabs the ball like, dare I say, Jon Baldwin. Anderson has been receiving heavy attention as well. With offers already from Miami, Pitt, WVU, Cincinnati, Purdue, Rutgers, and Akron, look for his recruitment to continue rolling.
Gipson has been described as a nastier form of Jaleel Fields. Watch his tape, you’d agree. While Jaleel was getting double teamed this year, Gipson went wild and earned himself some scholarships as well. He has gained offers from Purdue, Cincinnati, WVU, and Akron with Penn State showing heavy interest.
Pugh is a class of 2016 prospect that already has a 4 star rating on a lot of recruiting sites. Right now, he holds offers from Pitt and WVU. His cousin, Dravon Henry, signed with WVU this past year so there is some connection there.
It’s clear the water in Aliquippa still has something in it as the small town still churns out athletes despite enrollment dropping.