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Bishiop McDevitt Sends Two Players to NFL in ’09 Draft.

Written by: on Thursday, June 18th, 2009

They range from Salmon High School in Salmon, Idaho to Quirinus Gymnasium in Kaarst, Germany.

A total of 244 high schools contributed to the 256 players selected in the seven rounds of the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25-26, USA Football announced a few weeks ago.

There were 12 schools that had two players each taken. Four of those schools produced a first-round choice.

One schools that produced two players for the 2009 NFL Draft was Bishop McDevitt, which saw running back LeSean McCoy, and Guard Jamie Thomas.

McCoy’s junior season for the Crusadershe ran for 2,828 yards, scored 33 touchdowns, and earned Associated Press Class AAAA player of the year, Offensive MVP of the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Conference, 1st team Associated Press All-State. LeSean broke his ankle in the fourth game of the season his senior year, but still managed to get an offer from Pittsburgh.

“Shady” turned out to have a short college career of just 2 season with the Pitt Panthers before getting drafted back to his hometown and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Another of the high school duos played football together in youth league and high school, and now will suit up for the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers after being selected within one hour of each other.

New Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back KEENAN LEWIS (Round 3, 96 overall) and wide receiver MIKE WALLACE (Round 3, 84 overall) are childhood best friends who were teammates at O. Perry Walker in New Orleans, Louisiana before playing college ball separately. “It’s a dream to play with one of my best friends,” says Lewis. “Since the age of 6 we played Pop Warner together.”

“I never thought in a million years we’d be on the same team,” adds Wallace. “And for us to be on the same team and go in the same round, around the same time, is one of the better things that could have happened.”

For now, Lewis and Wallace relish the opportunity to face-off and play together once again. “(Wallace) thinks that he can take me so now he is going to have his chance,” says Lewis. “We have been competing hard since high school.”

The WPIAL wasn’t short NFL players this season either sending three players- Pat McAfee from Plum, Kiski Area Grad Scott McKillop, and Moon Area’s A.Q. Shipley.

Shipley went in the seventh round to his hometown team of Pittsburgh, after a standout senior season at Penn State in which he was recognized as the best center in the Nation.

The Keystone Sate came out of the 2009 draft with 7 players that will strap on the pads for an NFL club this season. Below you will see the layout of each player drafted from PA (NFL media site)

PENNSYLVANIA (7)

PLAYER

NFL TEAM (ROUND)

COLLEGE

HIGH SCHOOL (CITY)

T Will Beatty

New York Giants (2)

Connecticut

William Penn (York)

P Pat McAfee

Indianapolis (7)

West Virginia

Plum Senior (Pittsburgh)

RB LeSean McCoy

Philadelphia (2)

Pittsburgh

Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg)

LB Scott McKillop

San Francisco (5)

Pittsburgh

Kiski Area Sr. (Vandergrift)

C A.Q. Shipley

Pittsburgh (7)

Penn State

Moon (Coraopolis)

RB LaRod Stephens-Howling

Arizona (7)

Pittsburgh

Greater Johnstown (Jamestown)

G Jaimie Thomas

Indianapolis (7)

Maryland

Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg)

The breakdown of high schools that had multiple players drafted by NFL clubs (NFL media site):

MULTIPLE PLAYERS DRAFTED

HIGH SCHOOL

TOTAL

PLAYERS (NFL TEAM/ROUND)

Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, PA)

2

RB LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia/2), G Jaimie Thomas (Indianapolis/7)

Coral Springs (Coral Springs, CT)

2

LB Cody Brown (Arizona/2), DB Darius Butler (New England/2)

Eleanor Roosevelt

(Greenbelt, MD)

2

LB Will Davis (Arizona/6), WR Derrick Williams (Detroit/3)

Independence (Charlotte, NC)

2

WR Mohamed Massaquoi (Cleveland/2), WR Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants/1)

J.H. Rose (Greenville, NC)

2

RB Andre Brown (New York Giants/4), DB Derek Cox (Jacksonville/3)

Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, CA)

2

DE Nick Reed (Seattle/7), QB Mark Sanchez (New York Jets/1)

North Miami Beach (North Miami, FL)

2

DB Louis Delmas (Detroit/2), DB E.J. Biggers (Tampa Bay/7)

O. Perry Walker (New Orleans, LA)

2

DB Keenan Lewis (Pittsburgh/3), WR Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh/3)

South Panola (Batesville, MS)

2

DT Peria Jerry (Atlanta/1), DB Jamarca Sanford (Minnesota/7)

Vigor (Mobile, AL)

2

DB Ellis Lankster (Buffalo/7), DT Sen’Derrick Marks (Tennessee/2)

Wayne (Huber Heights, OH)

2

LB Marcus Freeman (Chicago/5), DB Mike Mickens (Dallas/7)

West Saint John (Edgard, LA)

2

DE Tyson Jackson (Kansas City/1), RB Quinn Johnson (GB)

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