This is the ninth edition of our Five To Watch series. We thank Mansfield University for coming aboard again as a sponsor on the network and our title sponsor for Five To Watch. There are 34 teams in the WVC and LFC so it’s impossible to recognize every single player in this list. The players we do list are some of the best at their position or have an interesting role coming up in 2020 for their team. For players who don’t make the list, we hope you strive to make our lists at the end of the season because that’s the ones that really count. (Players are only eligible for one list. If they play other positions, that will be mentioned in their write-ups)

Here are the linebackers

Logan Arnold, Sr. – Crestwood
Height: 6-2 Weight: 210

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Arnold was the leading tackler for the Comets in 2019 with 65 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. He has a nose for the ball and will be important for Crestwood’s season because of his versatility. The defense will have to be better to challenge the upper tier of Class 4A. Arnold will also play tight end on offense. He had 6 receptions last season.
Arnold Highlights


Blane Cleaver, Sr. – Berwick
Height: 6-3 Weight 210

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Berwick’s defense was one of the best in the WVC the last couple seasons and Cleaver was one of the reasons. He led the Dawgs with 89 tackles despite missing two games in the regular season. He has good speed and is very athletic. On offense, he will shift to quarterback as Berwick tries to win their first district title since 2013. Cleaver has offers from Army, Air Force, Maine, Furman and several Patriot League schools. He was a Wyoming Valley Football 4A first-team linebacker in 2019.
Cleaver Highlights


Jason Henderson, Sr. – Delaware Valley
Height: 6-0 Weight 210
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Henderson has a good shot to end his career at Delaware Valley with over 500 tackles. He will be a four-year starter and has had 100+ tackles each of his three seasons. Henderson is one of the best linebackers to play in the district as he was selected to the #NPF100 All-Decade Team. He has committed to Division I-FCS Old Dominion University. Henderson also plays fullback for the Warriors and was a Lackawanna Football Conference Division I first-team linebacker and fullback and Defense Player of the Year.
Henderson Highlights


Colin Holzman, Sr. – Old Forge
Height: 5-7 Weight 195
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Holzman was the Blue Devils leading tackler in both 2018 and 2019. He plays much bigger than his size indicates and opposing offenses need to worry about blocking him on every play or he will make the tackle. In the past two seasons, he has accumulated 213 tackles and 25 tackles for loss. He will also play running back on offense where he had six touchdowns in 2019. Holzman was a Lackawanna Football Conference Division IV first-team linebacker last season.
Holzman Highlights


Maleek Robinson, Sr. – Wilkes-Barre
Height: 6-0 Weight 185
The Wolfpack will need to step up their defense if they want to challenge for the 6A title and Robinson will be one of the leaders on defense. His quickness is one of his strengths and allows him to avoid blockers to get to the ball. He is the returning leading tackler with 84 tackles. Robinson was a Wyoming Valley Conference 6A/5A first-team linebacker in 2019. 
Robinson Highlights


SLEEPER

Drew Mruk, So. – Wyoming Area
Height: 5-10 Weight 205
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Mruk isn’t really a secret as he started as a freshman for the state champions and was a valuable member of the defense. He had 70 tackles and 6 tackles for loss. Mruk has a chance to elevate himself to be one of the best linebackers in the area and make himself a legitimate Division I prospect. He will also play running back on offense.
Mruk Highlights

OTHERS TO WATCH

Tyler Angelo, Sr. – Mid Valley
Corey Coulthard, Sr. – Valley View
Garrett Decker, Sr. – Susquehanna
Jonathan Stochla, Sr. – Wyoming Valley West
John Symons, Sr. – Pittston Area