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 wide receivers:
Mark Callanan, Sr. – Delaware Valley
Height: 6-0 Weight 150
Delaware Valley always has a balanced offense so even with a new quarterback, the passing game will be very prevelant in 2020. Callanan was the leading receiver for the Warriors last season with 27 receptions for 395 yards and 2 touchdowns. Expect those numbers to go up his senior season. He will also play defensive back for DV. Callanan was a Lackawanna Football Conference Division I honorable mention wide receiver in 2019.
Ryan Eiden, Sr. – Lake-Lehman
Height: 5-10 Weight 195
The Black Knights usually focus their offense on the running game, but if you have the weapons in the passing game, it’s hard to ignore and that was the case in 2019. Eiden is the leading returning wide receiver in the district with 54 receptions for 760 yards and 7 touchdowns. And with his starting quarterback returning, it should be another big season for him and the Lehman offense. He will also play safety for the Black Knights where he had an interception return for a touchdown last season. Eiden was a Wyoming Valley Conference Small School first-team wide receiver in 2019.
Nick Forsette, Sr. – West Scranton
Height: 5-11 Weight 160
Forsette is the leading returning wide receiver in the Lackawanna Football Conference. He had 43 receptions for 751 yards. Forsette has very good speed and hands and with his quarterback returning in 2020, the numbers should go up. He is also a leader on defense as a safety. Forsette was a Lackawanna Football Conference Division II first-team wide receiver in 2019.
Robert Rossi, Jr. – Scranton Prep
Height: 6-4 Weight 200
Rossi is a physical matchup nightmare for most high school defensive backs. His size and athleticism are at a high level. Rossi was the second leading receiver for Prep as a sophomore and will be the No. 1 receiver for the Cavaliers this season. He caught 41 passes for 588 yards and 6 touchdowns and with his quarterback returning, we expect even better numbers in 2020. Rossi will also play safety on defense.
Bobby Sabecky, Sr. – Hanover Area
Height: 5-7 Weight 140
Hanover Area returns all their skill players including Sabecky who was the team’s leading receiver in 2019. He had 19 receptions for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns and the Hawks will be well-balanced with a veteran quarterback returning. Sabecky is small, but quick and runs good routes. He will also play defensive back for Hanover. Sabecky was a Wyoming Valley Conference Small School honorable mention wide receiver last season.
Sam Jones, Sr. – Scranton
Height: 5-10 Weight 155
Scranton will be looking for playmakers in 2020 and Jones has a chance to be one of those players. He caught 13 passes for 234 yards which is 18 yards per catch. He will have many more opportunities in the Knights offense this season. Jones will be Scranton’s No. 1 cornerback as well in 2020.
OTHERS TO WATCH
Ben Fife, Sr. – Dallas
Brenden Demarzo, Sr. – Crestwood
Ryan Dolphin, Sr. – North Pocono
Nah Syr Garner, Sr. – Wilkes-Barre
Sean Mackinder, Jr. – Valley View