This is the 10th edition of our Five To Watch series. We thank The Mattioli Law Firm for coming aboard as 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 who might be deserving. The players we do list are some of the best at their position or have an interesting role coming up in 2021 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 they are the ones that really count.
Here are the tight ends:
Aiden Black, So. – Delaware Valley
Height: 6-3 Weight 205
As a freshman last season, Black had only two receptions but both went for touchdowns. However when you watch him on film, you can see he already possesses the size and athleticism that will make a major weapon in the passing game for the Warriors. Black is also a polished blocker and was a starter on the defensive side of the ball at outside linebacker. He is already getting attention from bigger colleges. Black was an LFC Division I honorable mention tight end in 2020.
Avery Campbell, Sr. – Williamsport
Height: 6-3 Weight 200
Campbell will have some big shoes to fill with Nasir Jones, who was the team’s leading receiver in 2020. However, the Millionaires love the tight end in their passing scheme which means Campbell will get a lot of those targets. He already is established on the defense as one of the best defensive ends in the WVC with a motor that never seems to stop, but it’s Campbell’s impact on the offense that will be key for Williamsport. Campbell was named a WVC Division 1 first-team defensive lineman last season.
Thomas Chernasky, Sr. – WesternWayne
Height: 6-5 Weight 235
Chernasky is an imposing target at tight end for the Wildcats. In a run-first offense, he had four receptions for 70 yards, but Western Wayne will look to get him the ball more in the middle of the field. Chernasky also returns on defense where he starts at outside linebacker. He has already received both Division I FBS and FCS scholarships offers as colleges are being drawn to his size and athleticism. Chernasky was named an LFC Division II honorable mention tight end as a junior.
Lacota Dippre, Jr. – Lakeland
Height: 6-3 Weight 222
Just when Lackawanna Football Conference opponents thought they wouldn’t have to deal with a Dippre anymore, here comes little brother Lacota. Older brother C.J., an all-district and all-conference performer, is now playing for the University of Maryland, but you can already see the younger brother making strides to keep up the family name. He grew two inches and added 32 pounds in the off-season and will replace his brother at tight end and defensive end. Keep an eye him early and the impact he has on both sides of the ball.
Miles Edwards, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
Height: 6-1 Weight 180
The coaching staff at Lackawanna Trail loves Edwards because of his hard work ethic and football IQ. He is back for his third year as a starter and even though the Lions lean towards being a running team, the tight end’s blocking in the Wing T is essential for the offense to be successful. Edwards also is a returning starter at defensive end and will be a team leader for Trail. He was named an LFC Division IV first-team tight end in 2020.
Magnus Bibla, Sr. – Crestwood
Height: 6-2 Weight 190
The name may be familiar as Bibla’s dad played for Crestwood, the Universit of Miami and the Atlanta Falcons. The youner Bibla is a legacy player that has been waiting to forge his own path. Work ethic is off the charts and with confidence, he as potential to be great player. He will have an opportunity to fill in a void left by both graduation and should be one of the new faces that tries to keep the Comets on the top of the conference and the district.
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