When talking about the best, most consistent football programs in the WPIAL, you can list Aliquippa, Clairton, Woodland Hills and Thomas Jefferson, just to name a few. But another one that has to be in the discussion is Bob Palko and West Allegheny.
Year after year, West Allegheny wins titles and develops star athletes such as Tyler Palko, Dorin Dickerson and Mike Caputo. All 3 of which have spent time in the NFL. 2016 will be no different and the name to watch will be junior Kenny White.
“In the West Allegheny program, they teach you how to play football the right way,” said White. “They also teach you life lessons that you will face later in your life. Coach Palko is a good coach, he knows what he’s talking about, he’s been there forever. And most importantly, if I ever need anything, he tells me to just call him. He’s like another father to me.”
Considering Palko’s experience coaching D-1 athletes and being around college coaches, I’m sure White will be leaning on his coach as major schools start the process of recruiting him.
“My summer is going good! I just had a birthday so I’m just living life and I’m so pumped for this upcoming season! I’m going to go crazy this season,” said White.
White realizes that teams will be focused on him but he says West Allegheny isn’t a one man operation.
“We have a few other players too, like wide receiver Brandon Lipford and others. As far as my personal goals, I wanna take my team to a WPIAL title and would like to rush for over 1000 yards and score 15 touchdowns,” said White.
In high school, White is someone that excels on both sides of the ball. Eventually, he knows he’ll have to pick offense or defense. I asked him which side will it be?
“I think the position I’ll play in college is corner because the strength of my game is being able to react to the ball when it’s in the air. #ballhawk.”
Obviously, Pitt fans want to know, is this future star hearing from the hometown school?
“I really like Pitt a lot! The Pitt coaches are nice to me and they’re funny too. But I like how they know when to be serious and know when to have fun,” said White. “I haven’t heard from them in a while but they told me to grind this season and they will get back to me.”
So that’s what White plans on doing and will have fun with recruiting no matter what happens.
“I’m ready for the attention, I’m just gonna keep my head straight and stay out of trouble mainly. So everything this year is gonna be about business.”
And if the history of West Allegheny football is any indicator, it will also be about competing for a WPIAL championship.