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Gateway boasts 3 potential Division-1 prospects in 2011 recruiting class

Written by: on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

The Gateway Gators might as well be considered a “football factory,” because they keep on turning out Division-1 football prospects year in and year out. 2010 looks to be no exception.

Defensive back Dondi Kirby and wide receiver/linebacker Armstead Williams are both racking up the Division-1 offers (13 and 7, respectively), and defensive end Sascha Craig has generated interest from some Division-1 programs as well, according to Rivals.com.

Kirby is one of the best defensive backs in western Pennsylvania this year, and he’s got quite a load of Division-1 offers to prove his value. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Miami (OH), Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia have all offered the 6’1, 170-pound defensive back.

Kirby, who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash (according to his profile on Rivals.com) tallied 44 tackles last season (37 solo) and tied for the team lead in interceptions with four. As a sophomore, Kirby registered 14 tackles and two interceptions.

Williams, meanwhile, could be recruited either as a wideout or a linebacker. He played both ways last season for the Gators, and put up respectable numbers. Williams caught 19 passes for 407 yards (21.4 yards per reception) and four touchdowns while contributing 62 tackles (39 solo), three sacks and a fumble recovery.

Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Miami (OH) and North Carolina State have all offered Williams, 6’3, 210-pound athlete, a scholarship. Ohio State is showing interest in Williams.

Craig (6’2, 220), meanwhile, wreaked all kinds of havoc from his defensive end position. While it’s kind of surprising that Craig does not have any offers listed on his Rivals profile, schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia have all shown interest.

Craig notched 66 tackles (43 solo), 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2009, following a sophomore campaign in which he recorded 48 tackles (26 solo) and nine sacks.

In the last three seasons, Gateway has reached the WPIAL “AAAA” championship game and posted an overall record of 35-4 (.897) in that stretch. The Gators’ only non-WPIAL loss in this current three-year run came in its 2007 opener against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.

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