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Penn Hills pair issues verbal declarations to Toledo

Written by: on Monday, January 23rd, 2012

A pair of Penn Hills High School Indian football players have rescinded their initial verbal declarations to Division-1 FBS colleges and instead will continue their football careers together in the Buckeye State.

Corey Jones, a 5’10, 165-pound wide receiver, and Chaz Whittaker, a 6’2, 170-pound athlete/safety, both issued verbal declarations to Toledo of the Mid American Conference Sunday, according to national recruiting service Scout.com.

Jones had originally issued a declaration to Pitt and Whittaker had given the nod to West Virginia.  But, as is the case, any verbal declaration isn’t a binding agreement, and players aren’t locked into that particular program until they sign a letter of intent.

Both are ranked among the top-100 athletes at their respective positions.  Jones, a four-star prospect, was rated by Scout.com as the No. 41 wide receiver in the entire 2012 recruiting class.  Whittaker, a three-star prospect, was ranked as the No. 100 safety in the 2012 recruiting class.

Between rushing and receiving yards, Jones tallied 897 yards in his senior season at Penn Hills – 499 rushing and 398 receiving.  He averaged 11.9 yards per carry and 15.9 yards per reception, scoring 10 total touchdowns, which led the team.

Whittaker, meanwhile, bounced around offensively, spending time both at quarterback and wide receiver.  He threw for 502 yards, completing 37-of-70 passes; caught 15 passes for 299 yards; and lastly, added 79 rushing yards on 64 keepers.  He threw for five touchdowns and, between rushing and receiving, added four more scores.  He averaged a team-best 19.9 yards per reception.

Penn Hills finished second in the WPIAL’s Big East Conference last season with a 5-1 record, losing only to then-nationally ranked Pittsburgh Central Catholic.  The Indians were eliminated in the opening round of the WPIAL AAAA playoffs by Seneca Valley, 30-13, finishing 5-5 overall.

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