This is the 11th edition of our Five To Watch series. We thank The Mattioli Law Firm for returning as our title sponsor for Five To Watch. There are 33 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 2022 for their team. Players will be recognized at only one position, even if they are capable two-way players. 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:
Magnus Bibla, Sr. – Crestwood
Height: 6-2 Weight 210
Bibla really came on last year as a premier player for the Comets. He helped set the edge for them on offense and show versatility lining up as a tight end and H-Back. Bibla caught only 9 passes but they went for 149 yards. Expect more from him in the passing game. He also was a standout on defense always around the football. His size and athelticism already has Division I schools looking at him and he has received offers. Bibla was a WVC Class 4A First Team tight end and defensive lineman in 2021.
Aiden Black, Jr. – Delaware Valley
Height: 6-3 Weight 225
Black is another big body getting plenty of attention from Division I FBS schools. As a sophomore, he caught 20 passes for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns and was a physical blocker. He should be the Warriors No. 1 option in the passing game as he will create matchup issues for smaller linebackers. On defense at outside linebacker, he ended up with 47 tackles and 5 sacks. He was quick to the football and a solid tackler. Black was named an LFC Division I First Team tight end and linebacker last season.
Nico Bossi, Sr. – Abington Heights
Height: 6-3 Weight 220
Bossi had a major impact on both sides of the ball last season for the Comets. He led the team in receiving with 14 receptions for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Bossi was the go-to in a clutch time in what was a very young offense and should improve this season. On defense, Bossi has received numerous Division I FCS offers and was the best defender on Abington Heights last season and was also a force on special teams blocking several kicks. At defensive end, he recorded 14 tackles-for-loss and six sacks. Bossi was named an LFC Division I First Team defensive lineman in 2021.
Lacota Dippre, Sr. – Lakeland
Height: 6-3 Weight 230
There was some pressure on Dippre to live up to the family name after his brother dominated the LFC for several seasons (and now plays at Maryland). Lacota didn’t disappoint. He was a monster on both sides of the football and could be even more dominant this season. Dippre led the team with 49 receptions that amounted for 541 yards and four touchdowns. He is also a great blocker for the Chiefs running game. On defense, he was dominant and commanded double and sometimes triple teams at the line of scrimmage. He finished with 73 tackles, 26 tackles-for-loss, 9 sacks and 10 QB hurries. Dippre has received numerous Division I offers and was named the 2021 District 2 Defense Player of the Year, LFC Division III Defense Player of the Year, First Team tight end and defensive lineman
Joseph Marranca, Sr. – Wyoming Area
Height: 6-2 Weight 220
Marranca emerged last season as huge asset for the Warriors. For 2022, Wyoming Area will expect more and he will be a big part of the offense. Marranca is expected to play many different roles and line up on different parts of the field including tight end and H-Back. He also returns as a defensive starter where he compiled 50 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Marranca will need to be a leader on a team that will be young overall. He was named a WVC 3A First Team defensive lineman in 2021.
Hayden Mundrake, So. – Western Wayne
Height: 6-4 Weight 230
A young player trying to step into the shoes of a graduating senior who went off to play at a Division I program is never easy. But it helps if you have some size to start. Mundrake will give the Wildcats some size up front and although he is work in progress, he will have a chance to contribute right away and the coaching staff feels he will be successful because of all potential he has.
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