Damar Hamlin Mr. PA Football Finalist


Damar Hamlin, a standout cornerback for the Central Catholic football team, is currently in the running for the title of Mr. PA Football 2015. The statewide contest, which pits well known names on the football field against each other, has fans voting for their favorite athlete in order to determine who will hold the distinction of being Mr. PA Football for the next year.

A consensus four-star prospect, Hamlin has been rated as the 13th-best cornerback in his class by ESPN, and the 131st best high school football player nationwide. He has also been named to the 2015 and 2014 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AAAA All-State team. Damar led Central Catholic to the PIAA Class AAAA title as a senior. Hamlin has already committed to playing for the University of Pittsburgh this fall.

“Damar is a tremendous student-athlete who always puts his teammates first before individual accomplishments,” said Central Catholic Athletic Director Charles Crummie. “He’s a class act and an terrific role model for his community. His skill set is everything that coaches want, but the way he conducts himself on and off the field is even better.”

Hamlin has been nominated and selected to be among the top six high school football athletes statewide through a unique voting process. The fans, media, and coaches each represent one-third of the vote.Fans can cast their vote at Mr. PA Football webpage. The final voting deadline for the winner of Mr. PA Football is February 8.

All of the remaining nominees — who are listed below — have been invited to attend the banquet where the Mr. PA Football winner will be announced. Pitt head coach and keynote speaker Pat Narduzzi will present the awards. Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render will also be honored with the Legendary Coach Award during the banquet. CBS 21’s Jason Bristol will be emceeing the event.

The banquet will be held on Saturday, February 13 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantville, PA. Fans are encouraged to attend – tickets can be purchased at www.MRPAFootball.com. Ticket holders are also entered into a door prize for a chance to attend the sponsors reception with Coach Narduzzi and the final Mr. PA Football nominees.

Proceeds from the event benefit Vickie’s Angel Foundation.

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Class AAA/AAAA Top 6 finalists

Sr. QB Devante Cross, Parkland

Sr. DB Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic

Sr. OL Michal Menet, Exeter Township

Sr. RB Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills

Sr. RB Mike Waters, Imhotep Charter

Sr. WR Kobay White, Bishop McDevitt


Class A/AA Top 5 finalists

Jr. RB/ATH Evan Chadbourn, Bishop Guilfoyle

Sr. OL Connor McGovern, Lake Lehman

Sr. DB Andrew Pryts, Hickory

Sr. QB Michael Shuster, Camp Hill

Jr. RB/DB Lamont Wade, Clairton