In this week’s edition of Nick’s recruiting laboratory, we are going to dig a little deeper into Pine Richland’s (Gibsonia, PA) Raymond Falcone (WR 6’1 190). Falcone is coming off a junior season that earned him first team All-State honors with 65 receptions, 1,391 yds, and 14 TD’s. Through the Rams first three games of the 2017 season Falcone is on pace yet again for another all-state caliber year.
Falcone is a Lehigh commit and the engine that gets this high-flying Pine Richland offense rolling. He was selected as the WPIAL Insider Player of The Week following a 42-7 victory against 2016 WPIAL Runner-up Seneca Valley (Harmony, PA) where he had 5 receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
While it doesn’t hurt having Phil Jurkovec throwing you the football, there’s a reason why he’s the future Golden Domer’s favorite target. Let’s head to the lab.
This is a shot here that Pine Richland builds up to. They’ll use this play after some inside zone and quick game off their RPO’s. This is a play that tests the eye discipline of both the secondary and linebackers. With what looks like simultaneous action to the halfback and the slot coming in “arc” motion, it’s hard to see where this ball is. It’s natural to take a few steps forward which is where Falcone is making his money. He blazes through the secondary on a deep crossing route – catching it in stride for a TD. Just a very well-timed play at the high school level.
Building off the quick game tags of the RPO calls, you see how the opportunity for a double move opens up. Falcone again to the backside of the formation gives this CB a stutter and go and gains a step up the sideline creating separation for this ball to be dropped in a bucket between the trailing corner and the safety trying to come over the top. You can see how this Pine Richland offense operates in very intentional phases and sequences to land the knockout punches they do so many times.
Another major component of the Pine Richland offense is the tunnel screen. Falcone is normally the go to guyfor the call. Falcone gives 2 hard stem steps up field to back the corner off and comes on a hard line to meet the ball and get behind the releasing offensive line forming a sidewalk. This is as effective and as well-blocked as you’ll see from a high school offense. Plays like this significantly slow down a pass rush and suck up the secondary.