MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- Through two games, Gateway High School has made a statement by outscoring opponents 107-22. Gators coach Terry Smith can thank a talented 2013 and 2014 class for helping get Gateway back to the top of the WPIAL’s toughest group, AAAA.
I spent an entire afternoon with the Gateway team last week, and here are some names to keep an eye on between now and February 2014.
Mileak Ford, TE, 2013: Ford is hoping to land an offer from either Pittsburgh or Northwestern, but if he does not, he could end up at an Ivy League program. Northwestern wants to see his midseason senior film.
Darin Franklin, RB, 2013: Franklin is in a similar boat to Martin. The Gators’ starting back, Franklin is hearing from programs such as Rutgers and Toledo. He is also getting interest from FCS schools.
RJ Hughes, DT, 2013: Also a three-year starter, Hughes’ size (6-foot-4, 320 pounds) could eventually land him an FBS offer, but he will likely continue his career at the FCS level. Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse are keeping tabs on him.
Todd Jeter, CB, 2013: Jeter reports 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and will play in the Chesapeake Bowl after the season. He will likely end up at an FCS school.
Jaymar Parrish, FB/TE, 2013: Parrish is committed to Pittsburgh as a fullback.
Andre Martin, RB, 2013: Martin opened the season with a 100-yard game and three touchdowns and is garnering interest from FBS and FCS programs. With a solid senior season, he could earn himself a chance at an FBS school.
Anthony Parente, OL/DL, 2013: Parente is a three-year starter and is hearing from Akron, Youngstown State, Pittsburgh, and Citadel.
Anthony Woodson, QB, 2013: Woodson is committed to Arizona.
Jason Chavis, OT/DT, 2014: A first-year starter, the coaching staff is very high on Chavis. He certainly has the size at 6-foot-4, 265 pounds.
Anthony Davis, CB, 2014: Coach Terry Smith and Gateway DB coach Don Smith rave about Davis and believe he could be the best corner to ever come out of Gateway. The recruiting process slowed down for Davis this summer, though. Davis broke his foot playing basketball in the spring and missed out on summer camps.
Montae Nicholson, S, 2014: The Gators’ top recruit regardless of class, Nicholson already has seven offers. This one could come down to a Michigan-Ohio State battle if the Buckeyes offer. Nicholson was born in Columbus and made it to OSU for its opener.
Joe Robak, OC, 2014: A two-way lineman, Robak is more comfortable at center. He could end up being one of the better linemen in Western Pennsylvania by the end of his senior season.
Ricky Rogers, WR, 2014: Rogers already has a few offers from the likes of Robert Morris, Rutgers, Toledo and West Virginia. He believes Maryland and Michigan could be the next to offer if he has a strong junior season.
Brennan Thrift, DE/LB, 2014: Thrift already has offers from Pittsburgh and West Virginia, and he could be on the verge of a few more BCS offers.