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Clairton WR/DB Trenton Coles issues oral declaration to Pittsburgh

Written by: on Sunday, June 19th, 2011


One of Clairton’s key receiving targets from its PIAA championship team last fall has officially declared where he will play college football.

Trenton Coles, a 6’3, 173-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Clairton High School, issued an oral declaration to Pittsburgh Saturday, according to national recruiting service  The Panthers were one of four programs to offer the Clairton athlete, including Akron, Ohio and Temple.

Coles also received interest, but no offers, from 10 other Division-1 programs, according to national recruiting services and  Interested parties include Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin. rated Coles as a two-star prospect but did not rank him among the service’s wide receivers in the 2012 class.

The #2 receiver in a Clairton aerial assault that averaged more than 117 yards per game in 2010, Coles accounted for 363 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.  He also saw some action as a rusher in the Bears’ multi-faceted rushing attack and also was a fixture in the defensive backfield for one of Clairton’s most statistically dominant defenses in the last seven seasons.  The Bears held their 16 opponents in 2010 to a total of 66 points (4.1 points per game) and posted an impressive 10 shutouts.

Clairton finished 16-0 last season, winning the program’s second consecutive PIAA A championship over Riverside, 36-30.  Coles was part of a Clairton team which scored a school-record 746 points and became the seventh WPIAL team to finish a season with a perfect 16-0 record.

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