Coughlin’s Anthony Khalife is starting to get noticed a little more.
The junior defensive standout is among the top-10 defensive line recruits in the state, according to the latest rankings on papreps.rivals.com.
“It’s nice to be recognized for all your accomplishments during the season,” Khalife said. “It’s good to see you’re being recognized not only by the college coaches but by these recruiting sites, also.”
Khalife, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder, showed up on the radar of major college programs during this past season. He has made visits to Buffalo, Connecticut, Maryland and Pittsburgh. He is being recruited by Patriot League programs as well. He is hoping to get to a few college spring games, where recruits are allowed on the sidelines.
“It’s amazing. You go on these (visits) and you see a lot,” Khalife said. “Every single campus has something different to offer. They’re all beautiful, they’re all big schools and it becomes a matter of what you want individually. I’m really just taking it all in right now and see what comes through in the future when I make my decision.”
Khalife has put up impressive measurables for college programs. He benches 325 pounds and has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.9 seconds. From his defensive end position, he led Coughlin with 92 tackles, including 55 solos, and had four sacks. He hopes to improve on those numbers by working on technique.
“Defensively, I have to keep my feet moving more,” Khalife said. “This year, especially in the beginning of the season, I did a lot of starting and stopping. I was a little hesitant. Now I want to work on being reactive and not overthinking so much and be constantly moving. And moving my hands more.”
On offense, he caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown after moving from guard to tight end in the Crusaders’ run-oriented offense. His main contribution came as a blocker, an aspect that could land him on that side of the ball in college and could put him back inside this coming season.
“I don’t have a preference,” said Khalife, who has earned three varsity letters in football. “I like offense and defense pretty much equally. It just depends on what a college team wants.”
Khalife was also a WVC Coaches Association Big School all-star and named to the Times Leader All-WVC second team. The only other District 2 player on the papreps.rivals.com top-10 defensive linemen was Scranton Prep’s 6-7, 245-pound Noah Beh.