Player Profile: Perry WR Devin Ghafoor
Posted June 2, 2011 11:38 pm
Photo courtesy of Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
FinestPreps has already delivered a profile on the story of Perry Academy signal-caller, Greg McGhee.
A great quarterback is nothing without a great receiver and McGhee was blessed to have a couple of top notch receivers last season.
Who’s the sure-handed pass catcher we’re taking a look at today?
Take a look at our report below!
Who’s the sure-handed receiver that McGhee looked for numerous times last season?
That would be none other than Perry’s two-way playmaking sensation Devin Ghafoor.
Ghafoor played a crucial role in leading Perry Traditional Academy to their first City League crown since 2005.
As a senior, he hauled in 48 catches for 750 yards (15.65 yards per catch) and 10 touchdowns for the Commodores.
After watching his junior highlight tape below–it’s easy to see why the gifted receiver put up such sparkling numbers.
He’s blessed with tremendous ball skills on both sides of the ball, both at wide receiver and as a defensive back.
Ghafoor is an excellent natural “hands catcher” because he’s very good at extending his hands away from his body and snatching the football out of the air.
The 6’0, 180 pounder is extremely versatile, has a high football IQ, and is blessed with “off-the-chart” ball skills.
He did it all last season for Perry–playing wide receiver, punt returner, kick returner, cornerback, and long snapper for Commodores.
As gifted a receiver as Ghafoor was for Perry–you could make the argument he was even better as a cornerback.
Last year year as a senior–he snagged six interceptions for the Commodores and even returned one for a touchdown.
He’s got outstanding intincts and has an excellent knack for making plays on the football in a crowd.
It comes down to his ball skills, his ability to control his body, and an excellent ability to track where the football is headed.
One play on his highlight tape–(0:24) he’s able to snatch an interception in the end zone, spin out of a couple tackles, and return it all the way back to the 20 yard line.
Being an outstanding athlete didn’t hurt Ghafoor either as you can see his outrageous leaping ability on YouTube.
There’s a play against Wheeling when he just decides to completely hurdle an opposing defender at the 35 yard line.
His leaping ability also translated to the hardwood for Perry–he was also a standout for their basketball team the past couple of years.
As gifted of an athlete Ghafoor was for Perry in football and basketball–most of the attention he received for football came from Division II schools in Pennsylvania such as IUP, Slippery Rock, and Edinboro.
In the end, the talented two-way player decided to take his talents to the Edinboro Fighting Scots–a program that spent some of last season in the top 25 of Division II.
He’s got an excellent chance to start at safety for the Fighting Scots this fall.
Look for him to make noise on the gridiron for Edinboro in the upcoming years!
Wade Peery is the senior writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and feedback are welcome.
Check out Ghafoor’s junior highlight tape below!