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McKeesport LB Hodari Christian issues verbal declaration to West Virginia

Written by: on Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Each year, it seems the McKeesport Tigers have one or two Division-1 prospects in their fold.  The Tigers’ latest such prospect will be continuing his collegiate football career in the Big-12 Conference.

Hodari Christian, a 6’0, 215-pound linebacker, issued a verbal declaration to West Virginia Friday, according to national recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com.  Christian chose the Mountaineers over Pitt.

During his recruiting process, the Tiger senior-to-be amassed double-digit scholarship offers, including, but not limited to, Akron, Illinois, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers and Temple.  Programs like Boston College, Maryland, Penn State, South Carolina and Stanford expressed interest, but did not offer.

Scout.com rated Christian as a three-star prospect the No. 40 outside linebacker in the 2013 recruiting class – the No. 3-rated OLB prospect from the Keystone State.  Christian trails Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, No. 10) and Zayd Issah (Central Dauphin, No. 16) in Scout’s rankings.  Rivals.com, meanwhile, rated Christian the No. 3 prospect in the state and assigned him a three-star rating.

Christian is one of two Tiger athletes who generated Division-1 interest in the 2013 recruiting class – quarterback Eddie Stockett, a career 2,400-yard passer, is the other.

Christian was a part of a McKeesport defensive unit which allowed an average of 19.4 points per game in 2011, limiting six of 10 opponents to 17 points or less, with one shutout.  The Tigers finished 6-4 overall, reaching the WPIAL AAAA playoffs opposite McDowell before being eliminated, 42-7.

Since the start of the 2004 season, McKeesport has posted an overall record of 70-22 (.761).

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