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Recruiters focus on District 10 skill-position players

DeShawn Coleman rushed for more than 2,000 yards and led Hickory to a District 10 title in 2011.

DeShawn Coleman

Two things have become clear during this college football recruiting period: District 10 underclassmen are in high demand, and in many cases, the prospects are skill-position players.

Hickory junior running back DeShawn Coleman recently became the second D-10 back to commit to a major-college program when he verbally committed to West Virginia. He joins Cathedral Prep junior quarterback Damion Terry, who recently committed to Michigan State. Check out a Varsity video of Terry.

Coleman and Terry have piled up prolific numbers at their respective schools and still have their senior seasons ahead. Coleman challenged the District 10 record before finishing with 2,393 rushing yards and 35 TDs in 2011. Terry already has set the Prep career passing record with more than 3,600 yards.

But they won’t be the only backs from northwestern Pennsylvania to land scholarship offers from high-profile programs.

For instance, Prep junior running back/defensive back/return man Delton Williams is considering a dozen offers, including Penn State, Nebraska, Pitt and Michigan State. McDowell junior fullback Khyre Drayer and junior running back/defensive end James Conner also are reportedly getting interest from big schools.

All of this D-10 talent means that football fans have many interesting moments ahead in 2012 — on the field and off.

Posted in: District 10, Football

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