August 10th, 2010

First-Ever All-American Team Released

Chris Jung

CSN Director

First-Ever All-American Team Released
photo from Mater Dei High School

75 elite high school football players recognized nationwide

In today’s world of amateur sports, prospect and recruit lists and rankings are king. To earn national recognition for athletic prowess is a significant accomplishment, and can often times generate buzz, lead to further notoriety, and create opportunities for athletes to play at the next level.


Never before, however, has a list like the following been created. And with the unprecedented release of the first-ever Catholic high school football preseason All-American team, CatholicSportsNet has provided 75 high school football athletes with a new form of recognition for their on-field accomplishments


The following All-American list, as described, is a preseason compilation, which means the choices made were and are based on projections. Consisting of three dynamic teams, both offensive and defensive, the CSN Catholic All-American Team was compiled using various preexisting prospect and recruit ranking lists, as well as the following criteria: 2009 player statistics, recent success of player’s high school football program, strength of player’s college football team recruitment or interest, and feeback from analysts and coaches.


So, without further adieu, here are the selections:


CSN Catholic All-American Preseason First Team Offense


QB Max Wittek, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA); 6’4/215 (committed to USC)

One of the most highly recruited quarterbacks in the country. Has tremendous vision, great footwork, and is very fundamentally sound. During his junior season, Wittek completed 136 of 230 passes for 2,126 yards and 15 touchdowns.


RB Jeremy Hill, Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, LA); 6’1/220 (committed to LSU)

Combination of size/power and great hands make him a versatile back. As a junior, Hill carried the ball 244 times, rushing for 1,653 yards and 24 touchdowns.


RB Jameel Poteat, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, PA); 5’11/195 (committed to Pittsburgh)

Great size, feet, in-line strength as well as good blocking and receiving skills make him the total package. During his junior season, Poteat had 1,638 rushing yards, 243 receiving yards, and 29 touchdowns, which followed over 1,400 yards and 20 total touchdowns during his sophomore year.


WR George Farmer, Junipero Serra (Gardena, CA); 6’2/192 (considering Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama, and Texas)

One of the best pure athletes in the nation for the Class of 2011, he is a true playmaker. Farmer is a thickly built, athletic prospect with great speed to stretch the field vertically, but also possesses the ability to turn the short catch into a homerun.


WR Victor Blackwell, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA); 6’1/186 (committed to USC)

Blackwell is an athletic prospect that hasn't even come close to reaching his upside. He possesses terrific size and open field running ability and he also displays very good straight-line speed for his size.


WR Rashad Greene, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); 6’0/175 (committed to Florida)

Posted a time of 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Under Armour prospect combine and catches the ball well out in front of his body. Greene is a smart player who gets open using athleticism and technique.


TE Troy Niklas, Servite (Anaheim, CA); 6’7/243 (considering Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, and California)

His large build makes him an extremely productive blocker, but his athleticism allows him to be an equally effective pass catcher off the line.


OT Cyrus Kouandijo, DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD); 6’7/322 (considering Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, and West Virginia)

Arguably the best offensive linemen in all of high school football, Kouandijo runs very, very well for his large size and is explosive out of his three-point stance. This prospect shows a bit of a mean streak, will punish defenders when the opportunity presents itself, and is basically a lock to be an immediate starter in college.


OT La’El Collins, Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, LA); 6’5/285 (committed to LSU)

Collins combines agility, flexibility, and brute strength in his game, which makes him an ideal lineman for quarterbacks. Ran the 40 in 5.37 and has a vertical jump of 24 inches.


C Andrew Ness, Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, MO); 6’4/298 (considering Arkansas, Rice, Wisconsin, and Missouri)

With great size and excellent technical execution (specifically the center-to-QB shotgun exchange), Ness makes for an outstanding offensive center. He is considering the likes of Wisconsin, Kansas State, Missouri, and Purdue.


OG Trai Turner, St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA); 6’5/340 (committed to LSU)

Explosive lineman who overpowers defensive opponents with his quickness off the ball (has fast feet for his size) and force behind his drive.


OG Ryan Klachko, Sacred Heart Griffin (Springfield, IL); 6’4/287 (committed to Nebraska)

He is tough and aggressive, but plays his position with great balance and flexibility, particularly during run blocking. Will be a great addition to a traditionally run-first Cornhuskers team.


PK Connor Loftus, Servite (Anaheim, CA); 5’11/182 (considering Harvard, Florida, North Carolina, and UCLA)

Known for the huge lift he gets under the ball, Loftus is a kicking specialist and is as consistent as they come on kickoffs. As a junior, he kicked nine field goals, including a long of 49 yards.


CSN Catholic All-American Preseason First Team Defense


DT Mustafa Jalil, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA); 6’4/300 (committed to California)

A behemoth of a bull-rushing defensive tackle, Jalil can simply out strength and athlete players at the high school level, because he is so superior physically. He's big and strong, and can run like an end.


DT Marquise Wright, Paramus Catholic (Paramus, NJ); 6’3/265 (committed to Pittsburgh)

Heavily recruited nationwide before his verbal commitment to Pitt. He is an excellent defensive tackle with a balanced size/speed combination. He also placed seventh in the shot put at the New Jersey SIAA Meet of Champions last year.


DE Brennan Scarlett, Central Catholic (Portland, OR); 6’5/255 (considering Arizona State, BYU, Oregon, and Washington)

He had 59 tackles and six sacks during his junior season, and is on pace for an even bigger senior year despite an injury to his knee.


DE Jalen Grimble, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV); 6’3/255 (committed to USC)

Runs extremely well for a big man, enabling him to chase down plays from the back side and make an impact on plays going away from him. Has a good change of direction which helps him finish plays in the backfield.


LB Jason Gibson, Junipero Serra (Gardena, CA); 6’3/212 (considering Florida, Miami, Oregon, and Washington State)

Tall, very well-built and put-together for a projected outside linebacker. Has a good reach and length to his frame, making him a tough to get around in the middle of the field.


LB Steven Daniels, St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH); 6’0/225 (considering Illinois, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Ohio State)

Flexible athlete displaying the balance and agility necessary to work through traffic. Possesses the size and athleticism for the inside linebacker position at the major level of competition.


CB Doran Grant, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, OH); 5’10/171 (considering Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, and Michigan)

Makes up for his size with his vision, as he possesses the ability to always find the ball, get to it, and make or disrupt a play. He is a playmaking corner with great quickness, athleticism and awareness skills.


CB Blake Countess, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD); 5’10/170 (considering Illinois, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest)

Shows good coverage awareness skills, including the ability to read routes and the quarterback accurately. Steady and heady cornerback prospect with natural cover corner skills.


CB Marcus Roberson, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); 6’1/170 (considering Auburn, Florida, Louisville, and LSU)

A versatile defender who is tall and sleek. Has good height and a lean frame, which allows him to run with receivers and go up with them on high throws and down field plays.


S Jabari Gorman, Monsignor Pace (Miami, FL); 5’11/170 (considering Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, and South Carolina)

One of the best all-around athletes in the class of ’11, Gorman showed his versatility his junior season with Jabari Gorman showed his versatility during his junior season with over 300 yards rushing and 700 yards receiving. He also finished the year with almost 80 total tackles and four interceptions (two returned for scores).


S Evan Zeger, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV); 6’2/200 (committed to Washington)

Had 55 tackles, four blocked punts, four interceptions and a blocked field goal in leading his team to the state championship. He has a good blend of size, range and versatility. Tall with a lean, but well-defined frame that should continue to add size.


P Kristopher Albarado, St. Louis Catholic (Lake Charles, LA); 6’0/180 (considering Northwestern, Florida, Texas A&M, and LSU)

A two-time participant at the “Event Elite” punting competition, Albarado has a strong leg and excellent technique. Booted a 59-yard punt in a game during his junior season.


CSN Catholic All-American Preseason Second Team Offense


QB Evan Crower, St. Augustine (San Diego, CA); 6’4/182 (committed to Stanford)


RB Savon Huggins, St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ); 6’0/190 (considering Florida, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers)


RB Raphael Spencer, Archbishop O’Hara (Kansas City, MO); 5’10/184 (considering Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, and Missouri State)


WR Wallace Gonzalez, III, Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA); 6’5/230 (considering Arizona, California, UCLA, and USC)


WR Phillip Dorsett, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); 5’10/170 (committed to Miami-FL)


WR Chance Early, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA); 6’0/175 (considering Iowa, Oklahoma, San Jose State, and Wisconsin)


TE Dan Tapko, Rockhurst (Kansas City, MO); 6’4/220 (committed to Oklahoma)


OT Bobby Hart, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); 6’4/283 (committed to Florida)


OT Zach Sterup, Hastings St. Cecilia (Hastings, NE); 6’8/260 (committed to Nebraska)


C Jacob Arzouman, Salpointe (Tucson, AZ); 6’3/250 (committed to Arizona)


OG Paulay Asiata, St. Louis (Honolulu, HI); 6’5/285 (considering Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, and Oregon State)


OG Jonah Austin, St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA); 6’7/305 (committed to Houston)


PK Justin Manton, St. Amant (St. Amant, LA); 6’1/175 (committed Louisiana-Monroe)


CSN Catholic All-American Preseason Second Team Defense


DT Kevin McReynolds, St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.); 6’2/281 (considering Auburn, Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Mississippi State)


DT Darian Cooper, DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD); 6’3/275 (considering Clemson, Georgia Tech, Iowa, and Marshall)


DE Tony Springmann, Bishop Dwenger (Ft. Wayne, IN); 6’6/257 (committed to Notre Dame)


DE Jesse Hayes, Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH); 6’4/230 (considering Cincinnati, Florida State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin)


LB Cody Kurz, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, CA); 6’3/238 (considering Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State, and Washington)


LB Blake Renaud, De La Salle (Concord, CA); 6’2/233 (considering Boise State, Minnesota, Ohio, and Oregon State)


CB Kolby Griffin, St. Pius X (Houston, TX); 5’11/176 (committed to TCU)


CB Daren Kitchen, Vanderbilt Catholic (Houma, LA); 6’2/215 (considering Kansas, Memphis, Nebraska, and Southern Miss)


CB Kenny Mullen, Bishop Luers (Ft. Wayne, IN); 5’11/158 (committed to Indiana)


S Joey Schneider, Central Catholic (Toledo, OH); 6’2/195 (considering Akron, Bowling Green, Indiana, and Purdue)


S Quyuan Mattox, Bishop Luers (Ft. Wayne, IN); 5’11/180 (committed to Ball State)


P Justin DuVernois, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); 6’1/190 (committed to Illinois)


CSN Catholic All-American Preseason Third Team Offense


QB Jerrard Randall, Chaminade-Madonna College Prep (Hollywood, FL); 6’2/189 (committed to Oregon)


RB Jared Baker, Loyola (Los Angeles, CA); 5’9/180 (committed to Arizona)


RB Bishop Sankey, Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, WA); 5’9/183 (committed to Washington State)


WR Tacoi Sumler, Christopher Columbus (Miami, FL); 5’8/151 (committed to Oregon)


WR Tad Ecby, St. Pius X (Houston, TX); 6’1/180 (considering Houston and Minnesota)


ATH Marqise Lee, Junipero Serra (Gardena, CA); 6’1/187 (considering Arizona State, Florida, Michigan, and Washington)


TE Jack Tabb, Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, NJ); 6’4/230 (considering Florida, Pittsburgh, South Florida, and West Virginia)


OT Kyler Kerbyson, Knoxville Catholic (Knoxville, TN); 6’5/290 (considering Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Virginia)


OT Nick Martin, Bishop Chatard (Indianapolis, IN); 6’5/260 (considering Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and South Carolina)


C A.C. Patterson, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV); 6’0/299 (committed to UTEP)


OG Chris Boles, Central Catholic (Toledo, OH); 6’5/315 (committed to Illinois)


OG Ted Karras, Cathedral (Indianapolis, IN); 6’3/292 (committed to Illinois)


PK Chris Colombe, Catholic Memorial (Waukesha, WI); 5’10/160 (no current considerations)


CSN Catholic All-American Preseason Third Team Defense


DT Mickey Johnson, St. Pauls School (Covington, LA); 6’1/310 (considering LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, and Tennessee)


DT Vincent Croce, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD); 6’4/260 (committed to Virginia)


DE Anthony Rabasa, Christopher Columbus (Miami, FL); 6’3/220 (committed to Notre Dame)


DE D.J. Pettway, Catholic (Pensacola, FL); 6’3/255 (committed to Alabama)


LB Cole Farrand, Pope John XXIII (Sparta, NJ); 6’2/233 (committed to Maryland)


LB Sean Duggan, St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH); 6’4/215 (considering Boston College, Cincinnati, Michigan State, and Virginia)


CB Jordan Lomax, DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD); 5’10/185 (committed to Virginia)


CB Tim Burton, Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); 5’8/153 (committed to Duke)


CB Daylen Hall, St. Xavier (Louisville, KY); 5’9/170 (committed to Kentucky)


S Nicholas Law, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, MD); 6’3/195 (considering Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, and Louisville)


S Chris Johnson, Trinity Catholic (Ocala, FL); 5’10/186 (considering Marshall, Memphis, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt)


P Luke Piglia, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, OH); 5’7/175 (no current considerations)




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