Central Pennsylvania’s top senior linebackers: Sports Recruiters Prospects

Sports Recruiters presents a list of the top linebackers in Central Pennsylvania. These players are considered the top players in Central PA according to Sports Recruiters and college coaches across the country. I have seen most of these prospects play in-person.

This eight-part series will take a look at the area’s top quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers/tight ends, linemen, linebackers, defensive backs, underclassmen, top newcomers, as well as a list of honorable mention student-athletes.

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Cameron Tinner- Linebacker – 6’2”, 220 – Shippensburg H.S.

Tinner is a fine looking overall athlete who has good instincts, excellent anticipation, and fine agility.  Cameron is an aggressive player who comes up in run support with bad intentions.  He is physical and steps up and fills the hole consistently.  Tinner is a fireplug in the middle of the Greyhounds defense who makes the big hit when the opportunity arises.  Cameron has solid sideline-to-sideline speed and enough quickness to chase down running backs or run down the seam with wide receivers.  He has the ability to read, scrape, and make the fundamental tackle.  Tinner has good size and an excellent break on the ball while in coverage.  Cameron earned a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Colonial Division all-star selection at linebacker and was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class AAA/AAAA award in 2015.  He is a play-maker at linebacker and fends off blocks very well.  Tinner currently is receiving interest from a handful of colleges programs in the region and with another spectacular as a senior.

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Tyler Boger–Linebacker – 6’0”, 210 – Central Dauphin East H.S.

Tyler is relentless at his linebacker spot and one of the leaders of the Panthers defense.  Boger sheds blocks very well and is a play-maker from his linebacker position and currently is receiving interest from a handful of colleges at this juncture.  He wreaks havoc and pursues the football from sideline to sideline showing excellent speed and explosion.  Tyler has impressive lateral quickness and the athletic ability to cover in space.  He displays the ability to track you down from behind and make the sure tackle which is impressive at the high school level.  Tyler is one of the most instinctive linebacker prospects in the area this year and has a nose for the football.  The hard working Boger was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection at linebacker.

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Cole Veliky–Linebacker– 5’11”, 215 – Central Dauphin H.S.

Cole was the Rams second leading tackler on defense last year, collecting 115 tackles, and he looks to follow up on that again this fall.  Veliky is a tough run-stuffing linebacker with very good instincts who always seems to be around the football.  He is the bell cow in the middle of the Rams defense.  Cole is both a tackling machine for the Rams and one of its most exciting play-makers.  Veliky is an aggressive player who reads and reacts quickly and makes tackles.  He was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection at linebacker.  It seems as though every year now a linebacker from Central Dauphin is on the list, not sure what chemicals are in the water in Linglestown, but the Rams are building a strong linebacker tradition.  Cole gives great effort every play and should make any college program happy next year with another fabulous season.

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Josiah Quigley-Linebacker/Fullback- 6’2”, 210 – Cumberland Valley H.S.

Quigley is instinctive at his linebacker spot and the leader of the Eagles defense. Josiah is a two-way standout and is quick and powerful as a runner.  He has a non-stop motor and plays downhill in the running game.  Quigley has the size, strength, and athletic ability that you look for in a linebacker at the next level. Josiah has the speed needed to tackle and cover in space in addition to playing sideline to sideline.  He was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection at linebacker.  Quigley is quite possibly one of the finest linebacker in the area this year and any college program would be thrilled to have him in uniform next year.

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Pete Haffner – Linebacker/Running Back – 6’0”, 220 – State College H.S.

Pete is a two-way standout for the Little Lions and made the most of every rushing attempt by averaging 10.7 per carry.  Haffner is a powerful runner who is a fine athlete and very versatile.  He is a nasty hard-nosed linebacker with very good instincts and has a nose for the football.  Pete is a strong looking athlete who is very physical and loves contact.  Haffner is a rock solid hammer in the middle of the Little Lions defense who just makes plays and is a tackling machine. He is one of the most intimidating linebackers in Central PA and the reigning Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division Defensive MVP after totaling 107 stops in 2015. Pete was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection at linebacker and was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class AAA/AAAA award in 2015.  Haffner has offers from Columbia, Bucknell, and Monmouth thus far and will become a household name this fall.

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Jakob Paul- Linebacker/Tight End – 6’1”, 230 – Halifax H.S.

Paul is a talented athlete who is very versatile and registered 47 tackles at linebacker in 2014.  Jakob’s season was slowed down because of injuries and that limited him to 6 games in 2015.  He received time at tight end and running back on offense and was still very productive when healthy last season.  Paul is a strong looking athlete who is very physical and a sure tackler in traffic.  Jakob has impressive size, shows good change of direction, and plays downhill in the running game.  He is instinctive at his linebacker spot and has the speed needed to tackle and cover in open space on the perimeter.  Paul has the size, strength, and athletic ability that you look for in a linebacker at the next level.  Jakob was a 2015 Second-Team Tri-Valley League all-star selection at tight end and is expected to have a break-out season in 2016 at linebacker.

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Devin Evans–Linebacker/Running Back– 5’10”, 190 – Susquehanna Twp. H.S.

Devin is the veteran of the Indian’s linebacking core after starting there the last 3 seasons.  The savvy Evans flashes on the field with good quickness and agility.  He is a steady performer who disrupts opposing offenses and makes it look easy.  Devin is a reliable player who makes plays in the backfield and tackles well in the open field.  Evans is an aggressive player who covers well in space and has the speed to make tackles from sideline to sideline.  He has received offers from Columbia and Penn and should earn more offers with another productive season in 2016. Devin was the Indians leading tackler last season and was a 2015 Second-Team Mid-Penn Keystone Division all-star selection at linebacker.

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Forrest Rhyne –Linebacker– 6’2”, 230 – Waynesboro H.S.

Rhyne, a 2015 Mr. PA Football nominee, is a nice looking overall athlete who has good instincts and is quick.  Forrest is an aggressive player and who can cover in space but comes up in run support with authority.  He is physical and steps up and fills the hole consistently.  Rhyne’s best trait probably is his ability to diagnose a play and learning how to quickly make adjustments on his keys and assignments.  Forrest has excellent lateral movement and demonstrates the ability to defend in pass coverage by getting proper depth.  Rhyne, the reigning Mid-Penn Colonial Division Defensive MVP, verbally committed to Villanova over the summer and selected the Wildcats over Bryant, Holy Cross, Bucknell, Columbia, and Monmouth.  He was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Colonial Division all-star selection at linebacker and was a First-Team Class AAAA All-State selection at linebacker too.

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Jack Williamson-Linebacker/Fullback- 6’0”, 215 – Camp Hill H.S.

Jack is an excellent two-way performer who has the strength, size, and athletic ability that you look for in a college linebacker.  Williamson is a strong runner and a punishing run blocking fullback who provides gaping holes for teammates.  He is instinctive at his linebacker spot and the leader of the Lions defense.  Jack is a high-motor talent and plays downhill in the running game.  Williamson pursues the football from sideline to sideline and tackles in the open field and in traffic.  He possesses impressive lateral quickness and the athletic ability to cover in space. Jack amassed 143 tackles and six sacks on defense last season and earned a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Capital Division all-star selection at linebacker. Williamson is receiving heavy interest from programs in the Patriot and Ivy Leagues respectively and should expect to receive an offer at some point this fall.

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Vinny Salomone-Linebacker/Fullback- 5’11”, 235 – Bishop McDevitt H.S.

Vinny is a nasty hard-nosed linebacker with very good instincts and has a nose for the football.  Salomone is fierce at his linebacker spot and the returning leader in tackles for the Bishop McDevitt defense.  He sheds blocks very well and is a play maker from his linebacker position.  Vinny wreaks havoc and pursues the football from sideline to sideline showing terrific lateral quickness.  Salomone, a fireplug in the middle of the Crusaders defense, banked 108 tackles to go along with 3 sacks in 2015.  He was a 2015 Second-Team Mid-Penn Keystone Division all-star selection at linebacker and one of the leaders of the Crusaders defense last fall.  Vinny gives great effort every play and should make any college program happy next year with another outstanding season.

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