Bryn Mar (Pa.) Harriton defensive tackle Callahan Bright could be the best defensive tackle in the country and is arguably the top player in the state of Pennsylvania. However, there's a sophomore in the Keystone State who might be able to give Bright a run for his money right now.
"Jason is the best defensive lineman I've coached, and I've had some good ones," said Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt head coach Jeff Weachter of sophomore Jason Kates. He moves better than any big man I've seen in a long time."
Kates, who is still 15 years old, is 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds. He, like Bright before him, has uncanny speed for a bigger player.
"He can run a 4.9-second 40-yard dash," said Weachter. "He's so agile and quick that we played him at fullback a little bit last year. This year he might play a little offensive line, but his future is on the defensive side of the ball."
Schools have already offered the big man.
"I have offers from Michigan State, NC State, Pitt and Northwestern so far," said Kates. "I'm hoping for offers from schools like Miami, Florida State, Notre Dame and some others as things move on, but it's still so early for me. I just want to work hard and get better."
Kates is one of the few sophomores invited to the Elite College Combine to be held at the New Jersey Meadowlands on May 5.
"I'm looking forward to it to see how I do against players a year older than me," he said. "Elite players. I want to go against the best to be the best."