Keith Barnes profiles Steel Valley standouts Paris Ford and DeWayne Murray.
(Photo: Paris Ford, left, and DeWayne Murray are two high-major college recruits who should combine to give Steel Valley a potent, two-dimensional offense. Gracey Evans/Post-Gazette)
"There were many things Steel Valley coach Rod Steele could have hoped for before this season began.
His team could have gotten a lot faster, improved its playmaking ability, developed a downfield passing game and become a scoring threat every time it touched the ball.
Then Paris Ford showed up on his doorstep and turned Steel Valley from 2A contender to a favorite to win the school's first WPIAL championship since capturing back-to-back crowns in 1988-89.
"What I've found in my years in the public school system is that you're going to have kids come and go all the time," Steele said. "You're going to get some and you've got some you're going to lose, but to get a kid like him, it's special and it's a blessing to have him be a part of our program.""