Tuesday 24 August 2021 | 19:28
TribLive HSSN will distribute the top players to one position per day until week zero. Here’s a look at the top cornerbacks for the 2021 season.
1. Rodney Gallagher
Juniors, 6-0, 170
Football or basketball? The athlete of both sports will have to make that decision in the future, but for now he’s a high school star in both. On the turf, Gallagher is a significant offensive threat at quarterback and as a part-time wide receiver, but that overshadows the solid work of the two-way starter at the cornerback. He had 34 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovered last fall. He holds Division I offerings in football and basketball. Pitt, Penn State, and West Virginia offered him scholarships in each. Other options include Notre Dame, Michigan and Ole Miss football and Florida basketball. He’s a four-star rookie from the Rivals.
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2. Lamont Payne
Juniors, 6-1, 175
As a sophomore rookie with excellent covering skills, Payne was instrumental in the resurgence of Chartiers Valley last fall, as the Colts improve from 2-8 in 2019 to 6-2 in 2020. He’s been awarded a series of Division I offerings including Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Kent State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. Rivals ranks him as a three-star rookie.
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3. Pharaoh fisherman
Senior, 6-2, 200
The Navy’s enlistment is a physical defender on the perimeter and a four-year incumbent as a wide receiver. He pledged to midshipmen on offers from the Army, Air Force, Bowling Green and Columbia. He has won all-conference honors as a defensive back.
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4. Rashan Murray
Senior, 6-1, 180
Murray won all City League honors as wide receiver last season, but his college future will be on defense. The Rivals two-star rookie made a commitment to Akron when he received his first Division I offer this summer.
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5. Jaden Dugger
Senior, 6-4, 200
Dugger’s combination of size and speed makes him a rarity at the cornerback position. He also looks set for a stellar year as wide receiver, where he will catch assists from his brother, sophomore quarterback Julian Dugger.
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ONE TO WATCH
Second year, 5-11, 160
When it comes to WPIAL cornerbacks, no school compares to Aliquippa. Darrelle Revis and Ty Law top the list of star defensive backs who have worn red and black. Banks, who became a rookie in the first year, could become another notable cornerback for the Quips.
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