Harrisburg, Pa. is home to over a half dozen 2007 Division I prospects. The prospects include quarterback Nate Brown, linebacker Xavier Hunter, wide receivers Zach Runkle, Lavar Eurhannan and Carlos Smith, along with two linemen Derrick Brown and Jaren Tucker. What makes each of these players stand out?
The 6-foot-4, 224-pound quarterback Brown runs an impressive 4.59-second 40-yard dash according to Cougars head coach George Chaump.
"He broke his hand this year, but he's got a good arm, impressive speed and is a big, tall kid that does it all," he said. "He's already a good prospect now with the combination he has of size and speed. He even finished the year as the leading passer in our area yardage wise despite the injury. What's great about him is that he could also be a good kicker in college with his leg."
Hunter is the brother of 2006 Rivals100 linebacker Jeremiha Hunter. He's a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder with 4.7-speed.
"In comparison to Jeremiha he's not as tall, but he'll be a good one as well," he said. "He can run and is a real good football player. He's just got a little more work to do to polish himself."
Runkle is an athlete that Chaump projects as a wide receiver on the next level.
"He's a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder that will probably play both ways next year for us," he said. "He's a big kid that has great reaction to the ball in mid-air and can jump."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Eurhannan and 5-foot-11, 180-pound Smith are also impressive receivers.
"Lavar is a wide receiver that can fly. He's probably our best pure athlete and we even utilize him on reverses," he said. "Smith was named second team all-state this past year. He's a wide receiver that can catch the ball on the run and really stepped up when Nate got hurt."
Two linemen to watch on the Cougars team are 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle Brown and 6-foot-3, 280-pound guard Tucker.
"Both of them are very big and they keep getting stronger," he said. "They still have a lot of work to do and I'm expecting a lot more from them as seniors. They move well, but I expect them to move even better next year."
Chaump has received interest from a lot of colleges across the country for all seven prospects. Schools showing interest so far include Pittsburgh, Penn State, Syracuse, Maryland and Rutgers among others.