The WPIAL will be represented by 10 high school seniors in the 2020 Big 33 Football Classic, but maybe not the ones you’d think.
The top players from the state of Pennsylvania will face the top players from Maryland in the 63rd playing of the high school all star game, scheduled for May 25 at Landis Field near Harrisburg.
Representing the WPIAL will be Gateway linebacker Tui Brown, Peters Township wide receiver Josh Casili, Thomas Jefferson defensive tackle Logan Danielson, Thomas Jefferson offensive lineman Mac Duda, Hempfield defensive end Cole Graham, Baldwin defensive back Naseer Penn, Penn Hills athlete Aakeem Snell, Central Catholic linebacker Gus Sunseri, Blackhawk linebacker Marques Watson-Trent and Pine-Richland defensive back Levi Wentz.
Each of the Western Pa. natives will also play football at the next level. Brown is committed to UConn, Casili to Penn, Danielson to IUP, Duda to Princeton, Graham to Saint Francis, Penn to Maine, Snell to Lackawanna College, Sunseri to Pitt, Watson-Trent to Georgia Southern and Wentz to Old Dominion.
But Mars tackle Michael Carmody, Westinghouse defensive lineman Dayon Hayes and Aliquippa linebacker Zuriah Fisher, who are the only consensus four-star prospects in the western half of the state, were not selected.
Central Catholic defensive end A.J. Beatty (North Carolina), Woodland Hills tight end Josh Rawlings (Virginia) and Seneca Valley center Josh Kaltenberger (Purdue) were also not chosen despite commitments to Power Five schools.
North Hills Pat Carey will be an assistant coach for the team. The selection process is controlled by the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association.
Pennsylvania shut out Maryland, 21-0 in 2019, with Aliquippa’s Will Gipson scoring a touchdown in his last game before enrolling at Pitt.
The team from Pennsylvania has been facing a team from Maryland since 2013. The game has also featured opponents from Ohio and Texas. The Pennsylvania team has won four of the last five contests and five of seven since the series shifted back to playing Maryland in 2013.