Imhotep Charter housing top Philly talent

PHILADELPHIA -- Imhotep Charter did not field a football team last season. It might be the best program in the city in 2012.

Under former West Catholic assistant Al Crosby, Imhotep Charter has reeled in some of Philadelphia’s best player, including ESPN 150 running back David Williams who has dozens of offers.

The talent does not stop there, however. The roster boasts Division I players in several grades, and Crosby, who won a state championship at West Catholic, has coached them to an undefeated start.

Although Williams is the most well-known player on Imhotep and all of Philadelphia, the coaching staff raved about 2014 safety Deandre Scott. Although a little undersized at 5-foot-8 and 164 pounds, Crosby compared to Scott to Philadelphia Eagles great Brian Dawkins in terms of his leadership.

Scott is the unquestioned leader of the team at Imhotep, emotionally and physically. Ball State is very high on Scott, and Crosby said Penn State assistant Ron Vanderlinden was blown away after just three plays of Scott’s midseason highlight. Tennessee will offer Scott if he runs a fast 40-yard dash for the coaches. If not for his size, Crosby said several BCS programs would be all over Scott.

The coaches also raved about 2015 running back Nasir Bonner, who they believe could be in the same position Williams is now in a few years.

For several city schools, it is tough to find big offensive lineman, but Imhotep has one in 2014 offensive tackle Aaron Ruff. The junior is hearing from a few FBS schools in the area, Rutgers included among them.

Senior linebacker Brandon Chatmon had a Pittsburgh offer from the previous Panthers’ staff and will visit UConn in two weeks for the game against Pitt.

Junior safety Nyeem Thrones has Division I potential, too, as do senior defensive back Najee Goode and running back Eerin Young.