Sports Recruiters presents a list of the top senior offensive and defensive linemen 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.
Damion Barber-Defensive End– 6’4”, 250 – Harrisburg H.S.
Barber, a blue-chip recruit, has great upside and is arguably one of the most gifted athletes in the state. Damion is rated a three-star prospect and the best defensive end in the 2017 class in Pennsylvania. He is a raw talent and ended his recruitment by selecting Penn State over Rutgers and others in February. Barber is aggressive and has a quick first step with a non-stop motor. Damion shows unique pass rush ability with speed off the edge and gets immediate pressure on the quarterback. He has good length, impressive change of direction, and the agility to chase down plays from behind. Barber also possesses good size, outstanding acceleration, and fine strength. He was a 2015 Second-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection as a defensive lineman and was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class AAA/AAAA award in 2015. Barber is relentless in his pursuit of the opponent and is a disruptive force from his defensive end position.
Brandon Hickerson-Rooks-Defensive End/Linebacker– 6’1”, 220 – Central Dauphin East H.S.
Hickerson-Rooks is a fantastic athlete and displays the instincts that colleges crave. Brandon is very quick and athletic off the edge and has the ability to impact games. He has a quick first step and is relentless with a non-stop motor. Hickerson-Rooks terrorizes opposing offenses from his defensive end position and seems nearly unblockable in games. Brandon pursues plays from the back side, makes tackles and shows a solid closing burst to the quarterback. He also displays excellent change of direction and exceptional body control. Hickerson-Rooks was awesome last year totaling 10 sacks on defense. Brandon earned a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection at defensive line and was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class AAA/AAAA award in 2015. Hickerson-Rooks was selected as one of Sports Recruiters Combine Showcase’s defensive lineman co-MVP’s this past spring. Brandon is best suited to slide out and play linebacker at the next level. Hopefully he can gain some experience at linebacker and make a smooth transition in college to a linebacker/rush end position. He is receiving plenty of attention from FBS and FCS programs across the region.
Kelton Chastulik-Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman– 6’3”, 268 – Chambersburg Area H.S.
Kelton is one of the better linemen prospects in 2016 along the interior. Chastiluk, a senior, has a lot of upside and has continued to improve each season. He has good size, tremendous strength, and fine explosion. Kelton possesses excellent power and quick feet along with proper technique. Chastulik was Sports Recruiters Combine Showcase’s strongest man in 2015 and had a power ball toss of 45-feet which is a combine record. He plays with good leverage and shows fine lateral agility and knee flexibility in pass protection. Kelton earned a 2015 Second-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection as an offensive and defensive lineman and was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class AAA/AAAA award in 2015. Chastulik has a great attitude and plays with controlled aggression and one the college scouts have definitely noticed with offers from the following: Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Brown, Monmouth, and Duquesne.
Garrett Kieffer-Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman– 6’4”, 290 – Line Mountain H.S.
Garrett, a senior, has great potential, impressive size, and has worked tirelessly at perfecting his technique throughout his career. Kieffer has fantastic leg strength, fine flexibility, and good hips. He has strong hands, good initial punch, and is powerful at the point of attack. Garrett can bend well, and has the athleticism and the flexibility in the ankles that college scouts desire. Kieffer also displays excellent explosion, quick feet, and lateral agility along the interior. He was a 2015 Second-Team Tri-Valley League all-star selection as an offensive tackle and defensive end and was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class A/AA award in 2015. Garrett again performed well at prospect camps over the summer and a great deal of FCS and Division II programs are currently showing strong interest in him.
Brady Maxwell-Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman– 5’11”, 255 – Cocalico H.S.
Brady, a senior, is one of the top lineman prospects in the area and received loads of recognition when he was selected as the Lancaster-Lebanon Section 2 Offensive Lineman of the Year. Maxwell exhibits very quick feet, good knee bend, excellent initial punch, fine strength, and the technique that colleges are looking for in a lineman. He has impressive explosion, good balance, and shows nice athleticism while sustaining blocks. Brady was a 2015 First-Team Lancaster-Lebanon Section 2 all-star selection as an offensive guard and was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class AAA/AAAA award in 2015. Maxwell is a fierce competitor who shows toughness and gives great effort in the trenches. Brady is definitely one prospect the college scouts will definitely keep an eye on this fall.
Josh Parson – Defensive Tackle/Offensive Tackle– 6’3”, 258 – Juniata H.S.
Parson has solid technique, good strength and combines that with good size. Josh has quick feet, good knee bend, and nice length. He shows toughness, athletic ability, and is a real road grader. Parson is a disruptive force for the Indians and has a real nose for the football. Josh anchors the defensive line and gets constant penetration every game. He was a 2015 First-Team Tri-Valley League all-star selection at both offensive and defensive line. Parsons made summer camp visits and is receiving interest from a handful of FCS and Division II programs. Josh was selected as the Tri-Valley League’s Defensive Lineman of the Year last season.
Jake Perloski – Offensive Tackle/Defensive End– 6’3”, 250 – Bishop McDevitt H.S.
Jake is a two-way standout with quick feet and the Crusaders anchor in the trenches on both sides of the football. Perloski is one of the most versatile lineman in the mid-state. He has good strength, impressive technique, and decent size. Jake is a powerful run blocker and plays with nice leverage. Perloski has an explosive first step and pressures the quarterback with ease from his defensive end spot. He is consistently wreaking havoc in the backfield and is a nightmare for the opposition. Jake earned a 2015 Second-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection as an offensive lineman and and should receive plenty attention from colleges this fall.
Clayton Tinkham -Defensive Tackle/Offensive Lineman– 6’2”, 285 – Central Dauphin H.S.
Clayton has a big upside and is just beginning to reach his potential at this stage in his career. Tinkham shows flashes of great ability but just needs to be a little more consistent. He has great strength, impressive technique, and good size. Clayton gets steady penetration and maintains gap control at the point of attack. Tinkham is able to anchor the interior and neutralize double teams quite consistently. He has quick feet and plays with fine leverage. Clayton should prove to be a consistent disruptive force for the Rams this fall. Tinkham was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection at defensive line and was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class AAA/AAAA award in 2015. He was selected as one of Sports Recruiters Combine Showcase’s offensive and defensive lineman co-MVP’s this past spring. Clayton is definitely one of the best lineman prospects in the mid-state and is starting to appear on the radar of college programs. Tinkham demonstrates good flexibility which is a key attribute colleges look for in a lineman and should expect to receive plenty of attention from colleges during the season.
Dan Beaver –Offensive Tackle/Defensive Tackle– 6’5”, 240 – Lower Dauphin H.S.
Dan has very good size and length. Beaver is a large-sized skilled lineman who is the foundation of the Falcons line and college recruiters are taking notice. He has excellent strength, impressive punch, and good technique. Dan blocks well in space and shows nice athleticism while sustaining blocks on the second level. Beaver is a powerful run blocker and plays with nice pad level and shows excellent footwork and knee bend in pass protection. He is an outstanding two-way performer and has a big upside. Dan was a 2015 Second-Team Mid-Penn Keystone all-star selection as an offensive lineman. Beaver has collected an offer from Penn in the off-season and should expect to receive more this season.
Shaun Hastings –Offensive Tackle/Defensive End – 6’3”, 265 – Cedar Cliff H.S.
Hastings is a fine athlete who has the size and instincts that colleges crave. Shaun demonstrates fine footwork, excellent hand strength, and good instincts. He has pretty good technique, bends knees well, and is a strong bodied athlete. Hastings is aggressive and plays with nice pad level. Shaun has a quick first step and is relentless with a non-stop motor. He pursues plays from the back side, makes tackles and has a nice closing burst to the quarterback. Hastings was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Keystone all-star selection as an offensive lineman and was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class AAA/AAAA award in 2015. Shaun is a sensational two-way athlete who displays the type of versatility that colleges are seeking. He just recently received a scholarship from St. Francis University of PA and that proves colleges are definitely noticing his skill set. Hastings should look forward to earning more offers at some point during the season.
Trevon Baltimore – Defensive Tackle– 6’3”, 280 – Harrisburg H.S.
Trevon has quick feet and is very agile for his size. Baltimore has fine strength, good size, and plays with a lot of aggression. He gets under opposing lineman’s pads and consistently drives them back. Trevon is a fine athlete and definitely an impressive looking defensive lineman prospect. Baltimore is a disruptive force on the defensive line who commands a double team and consistently makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. He gets steady pressure on the quarterback and is a nightmare for the opposition. Trevon has received offers from Central Connecticut State and Wake Forest thus far and that number is most likely to increase with an impressive senior campaign.
Kam’ron Walker– Defensive Tackle– 6’3”, 300 – State College H.S.
Kam’ron is explosive and agile and gets consistent penetration behind the line of scrimmage. Walker’s pad level, aggression, and speed off of the line of scrimmage is impressive. He has excellent strength, solid technique, and good size. Kam’ron uses his hands well to shed blockers and has an array of pass rush moves. Walker especially likes to use the bull rush technique to wreak havoc in the opponent’s backfield. He gets good push in the interior and plugs the gaps consistently while neutralizing double teams. Kam’ron does not have an offer but expect that to change quickly with a another terrific season as a senior. Walker was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth all-star selection along the defensive line and is receiving interest from numerous colleges across the region at this time.
Eric Washington – Offensive Tackle/Defensive Tackle – 6’5”, 311– Steel-High H.S.
Washington, is a raw talent and you can’t teach size that he possesses. Eric has great potential, massive size, and is still working on refining his technique especially in pass protection. He has strong hands, good punch, and is powerful at the point of attack. Washington can bend well for his size, and has solid foot quickness and decent body flexibility. Eric has the size that the college scouts desire and if he continues to work tirelessly to improve his technique and conditioning the sky is the limit for him. He was selected as one of Sports Recruiters Combine Showcase’s offensive lineman co-MVP’s this past spring. The attention of colleges should start to pick up this fall because of his huge frame and if he continues to play with a nasty demeanor and aggression.