Ike Wilson

President / Owner / National Scouting Director
(302)494-3575 (cell)
Areas Served: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, National Open Territory Prospects
Ike Wilson is the National Scouting Director and President/Owner of First State Preps Athletic Scouting & Recruiting, LLC. He has been a mentor and advocate for student-athletes over 15 years and since 2012, Ike and his scouting staff have worked with 100’s of families and personally coordinated the recruitment of many student-athletes in Delaware and the surrounding Mid Atlantic Area to top collegiate programs all across the country. First State Preps was established to overcome the disconnect in college recruiting by empowering student-athletes and their families to take control of their future by adding structure to their recruiting process.

Establishing himself as a very successful Director of Collegiate Scouting in the Mid-Atlantic Area and learning the business of college recruiting through the world’s preeminent scouting organization, National Scouting Report, Ike implements strategic recruiting methods for his athletes that have resulted in millions of dollars in scholarship funds. Through his personal conversations with college coaches over the years and going thru the recruiting process with dozens and dozens of athletes, he has the experience and vast recruiting knowledge pertaining to a wide variety of collegiate sports. He was NSR’s Director of Scouting in the state of Delaware for 5 years before founding First State Preps Athletic Scouting & Recruiting.

A two-sport standout (football & basketball) at Glasgow High in Newark, Delaware; Ike was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to continue his athletic and academic career at the collegiate level. His athletic, personal and professional experience along with his history of coaching, training and working with young people has led him to the work he does today.

Ike completed his education at King’s College in Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and a minor in Marketing. During his time in college, he played Quarterback and Defensive back for the Monarchs football program.

Ike resides in Delaware with his beautiful wife and 3 amazing children. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as attending local sporting events to scout and support the student-athletes and families in his community.

Carlton Brown

Area Scout / Recruiting Coordinator / Academic Advisor
(302)241-8843 (cell)
Areas Served: Delaware, Mid-Atlantic Region, National Open Territory Prospects
Coach Carlton Brown hails more than 22 years of coaching experience in both football, basketball, and track and field. He has coached in the Delaware Blue and Gold All-Star game 5 times! Coach Brown has recruited more than 50 students to college sports programs, most notably Trip Thurman to the Florida Gators who was later signed to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Kamal Abrams who was recruited to the University of Connecticut.

Coach Brown is also the founder of The Missing Links, a non-profit organization whose mission focuses on providing education to students to help them maximize their potential in the classroom and in athletics.

A military veteran, Coach Brown holds 3 Masters degrees – Master of Special Education, Master of School Counseling, and Master of Adult Education – and currently works as a middle school counselor in Dover, DE.

Corey Dickerson

Area Scouting Director / Recruiting Coordinator
(717)443-9417 (cell)
Areas Served: Central Pennsylvania, National Open Territory Prospects
-Presidential Board member and Senior Executive Director of Stark International
-Co-owner Freedom Forged Athletics Gym
-Owner / Coach Signal 5 Crossfit Gym
-Crossfit Level 1 Certified Trainer, Crossfit Powerlifting Trainer
-CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer, -CrossFit Kids Trainer

Corey was a 4 year starter for Kings College basketball team and left as the men’s basketball teams all time leading scorer (2,059pts). Corey was also inducted into the MAC (Middle Atlantic Conference) Hall Of Fame. After college, Corey went on to play professionally overseas in the Icelandic and Irish professional basketball leagues. After basketball, Corey began to use his degree in Criminal justice and now serves as a Detective for the Dauphin County Criminal Investigation Division. He has remained a youth basketball coach in the Harrisburg area and enjoys developing athletes of all ages; while also motivating and safely coaching Crossfit and FF-X athletes at Signal 5 Crossfit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Corey is happily married and a father to 4 beautiful children.

Troy Barrett

Area Scouting Director / Recruiting Coordinator
(304)433-0601 (cell)
Areas Served: Western Maryland, Northern Virginia, West Virginia, National Open Territory Prospects
-Area Director of Scouting/Recruiting for Western Maryland

-20 years basketball coaching experience at the high school and semi pro level.

-25 years as a baseball umpire at the high school and college level.

-Former College Scout / Recruiting Specialist for National Scouting Report (NSR) covering MD, VA, WV

-Veteran of the West Virginia Air National Guard.

Ronald "Flip" Murray

Area Scouting Director / Recruiting Coordinator
(215)601-9444 (cell)
Areas Served: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia / Montgomery Counties), National Open Territory Prospects
Former NBA star and Philadelphia basketball legend Ronald "Flip" Murray joins the First State Preps Staff with the goal of assisting athletes in the Philadelphia and surrounding Mid-Atlantic areas with their collegiate recruitment. Murray has excellent relationships with coaches at all levels and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.

Murray was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with pick number 42 in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft, after being NCAA's Division II Player of the Year during his senior season at Shaw, as he led the Shaw University Bears to the Division II Final Four in basketball.

In his first few NBA seasons he played for the Bucks and for the SuperSonics in Seattle, where he developed as a scoring threat in 2003–04, substituting for Ray Allen who missed 26 games due to injury. Murray a 6’4 combo guard, made a name for himself in the NBA with his ability to score the ball from all over the floor and provide instant offense as a sixth man. Over the course of his eight-year NBA career, he averaged 9.9 points and 2.3 assists while playing just 22.7 minutes per game. His per-100-possession stats for his career are impressive – 23.2 points, 5.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds – since his minutes were relatively limited.

Throughout his time in the NBA, Murray had stints with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls. He resides in Pennsylvania with his lovely wife and children.

Career Notes:
-NCAA Division II Player of the Year during his senior season at Shaw University
-Led Seattle Super Sonics' 2003 summer-league team with 22.9 ppg
Sonics 2003 opening-night starter at shooting guard
-Scored career-high 31 points for Seattle on 11-23 shooting vs. Miami on November 18, 2003
-Scored 20 or more points in 10 of first 11 games of 2003-04 season, in absence of Ray Allen
-Selected to play in the 2004 Rookie Challenge. Representing the SuperSonics, Murray scored 25 points and dished out 10 assists for the sophomores.
-Tied career high 31 points for the Charlotte Bobcats against Orlando on November 16, 2009
-Has played for every NBA team in the Central Division (Bulls, Bucks, Cavaliers, Pacers, Pistons).

Jeremy Jeanne

Area Scout / Recruiting Coordinator
(302)442-0286 (cell)
Areas Served: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, National Open Territory Prospects
Jeremy Jeanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management, an MBA in Management and a Master’s in Education. Jeremy is passionate about educating through athletics and has seven years of experience as an Athletic Director. He is also the head men's basketball Coach at Glasgow High School in Newark, Delaware.

A two sport star in his playing days; Jeremy played basketball and soccer in high school and was blessed to play basketball at the collegiate level on an athletic scholarship. Upon graduation, Jeremy played basketball professionally in his hometown of France.

In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, watching sports and spending time with his lovely wife.

Jai Hill

Area Scout / Recruiting Coordinator
(724)683-9616 (cell)
Areas Served: Western Pennsylvania, National Open Territory Prospects
Collegiate Career:
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
Degree: Bachelors of Science—Communications

Football : 4-year Letterman
-Harlon Hill Finalist (Best player in DII)
-Kodak All-American
-Associated Press All-American
-NCAA Division II National Champion Runner-up (Junior year)
-Three year nominee to 1st team All-Conference (PSAC)
-Three year nominee All ECAC 1st Team
-Football Gazette All Star
-IUP’s all time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns
-214 career catches (PSAC record)
-4,073 career receiving yards (PSAC record)
-41 career touchdown receptions
-Helped lead IUP to the Division II National Championship 1990

Professional Sports Career:
National Football League, Canadian Football League, and Arena Football League, April 1992-August 2001
NFL—Pittsburgh Steelers, Wide Receiver Free Agent 1992
CFL—Saskatchewan Rough Riders, Wide Receiver 1993
AFL—Arizona Rattlers, Chicago Rush, San Jose Saber Cats, Anaheim Piranhas, Las Vegas Sting, and the Detroit Drive Wide Receiver/Line Backer 1994-2001
Voted Arena League “Iron-Man of the Week” several times
Tied for 1st All-Time in returned touchdowns for receptions

Collegiate Coaching Career:
-Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2001-2003
Wide receiver coach, recruited and coached numerous players that went on to the NFL, CFL, and AFL

-Widener University, 2005:
Varsity wide receiver coach and Junior Varsity Offensive Coordinator Kick and Punt Returner Coach

-Geneva College, 2008:
Wide receiver coach/Kick and Punter Returner Coach

United States Army:
Automated Logistics Specialist 92 Alpha (2006-2008)
-National Defense Service Medal
-Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
-Army Service Ribbon
-Parachutist Badge

Resides in Western Pennsylvania (Cranbery Township) with his lovely wife and 3 amazing children.

Daron Dickerson

Area Scouting Director / Recruiting Coordinator
(570)575-3506 (cell)
Areas Served: Central Pennsylvania, National Open Territory Prospects
Former Head JV Coach and Varsity Asst. Coach for Susquehanna Township High School Boys Basketball program in Pennsylvania, Daron Dickerson, has a passion for athletics and for many years has been involved with mentoring, training and developing student-athletes.

He has 7+ years of basketball coaching experience at the high school, club and AAU level, including service as an Asst. Director of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball camp. Daron played 2yrs at Luzerne County Community College, and was recruited to play at Marywood University. At Marywood, Daron was a standout player, and received All-Conference honors during his senior year when he led the team in scoring.

Daron, has a professional background in marketing and additionally started his own business, partnering with a health and wellness company; Stark Energy. Daron received his bachelor's degree from Marywood University and currently resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his lovely wife and two beautiful daughters.

Greg Cercone

Area Scouting Director / Recruiting Coordinator
(724)462-3124 (cell)
Areas Served: Western Pennsylvania, National Open Territory Prospects
Greg Cercone played collegiate basketball at Valley Forge Military College and King’s College where he excelled as a 3 point shooting specialist.

He has 18 years experience coaching high school basketball both as a head coach and as an assistant and has successfully run an AAU basketball program and is an acclaimed basketball shooting instructor that has lectured and demonstrated across the country.

Recently named the head basketball coach at 4A Beaver Area High school in Western PA after spending many years as an assistant coach at his Alma Mater Quigley Catholic High School. In his free time Coach Cercone spends time with his wife and son.

Damon Saxon

Area Scouting Director / Recruiting Coordinator
(570)899-5910 (cell)
Areas Served: Northeastern Pennsylvania, National Open Territory Prospects
Damon Saxon was a standout 3 sport athlete (football, basketball, and baseball) at Essex Catholic high school in East Orange, NJ. He was blessed to be able to continue his athletic career at the collegiate level at Kings College in Wilkes Barre, Pa where he finished his career as an All-American running back, D3 Heisman finalist and one of the nation’s leading rushers his senior season. After college, Damon went on to play semi pro football and also began coaching high school football and basketball at Wyoming Seminary high school and Elmer Meyers high school where he served as running back and defensive back coach as well as assistant offensive coordinator.

Damon’s true passion comes from helping young people excel in all aspects of their lives. He has a strong work ethic and is very passionate about the role he plays in getting student athletes to the next level. He works tirelessly for his athletes and his main objective is to make sure college coaches across the country know that there is a ton of talent in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He has been a college scout covering Northeastern PA for the past 4 years; formerly working for National Scouting Report (NSR) prior to joining First State Preps.

Damon has a bachelor’s degree from King’s College and lives in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania with his lovely wife and three amazing children.

Devin Mann

Area Scout / Recruiting Coordinator
(302)531-8553 (cell)
Areas Served: Delaware, Mid-Atlantic Region, National Open Territory Prospects
- 2 Sport Athlete at Milford High School (Football/Basketball)

- Attended Howard University

- 4 Year Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach (Milford High, Seaford High)

- 3 Year Varsity Football Assistant Coach (Milford High)

- Basketball trainer for Next Generation Youth Basketball

- Youth Mentor First State Community Action Agency

- High School Disciplinarian

Dondrell Whitmore

Area Scout / Recruiting Coordinator
(301)370-7848 (cell)
Areas Served: DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, National Open Territory Prospects
The owner of Handles Sports, AAU/basketball training organization, Dondrell Whitmore, presently serves as the head boys basketball coach at Blake High School in Silver Springs, MD. Before moving to Blake, Mr. Whitmore coached at Montrose Christian Academy in Rockville, Maryland, and at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland. In 2007, during his tenure at Sherwood, Mr. Whitmore led the boys varsity team to a state 4A championship.

In 2000, Mr. Whitmore earned a B.A. in sociology at Western Carolina University. As a player on the university's Division I basketball program, he scored more than 1000 points in his career. Playing 486 minutes his senior year, averaging 13.1 points per game. After graduating, he played professionally in Europe from 2001 to 2006. Resides in Gaithersburg, MD.

Steve Custer

Area Scout / Recruiting Coordinator
(717)602-7889 (cell)
Areas Served: Central Pennsylvania, Maryland, National Open Territory Prospects
Steve Custer grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and has always been surrounded by great athletes in all sports. His passion is soccer and committed his time and energy to the sport earning him Allstate Honors as a senior and hall of fame induction at Dundalk High School. After narrowing offers and opportunities for colleges, Steve landed at Elizabethtown College in Central PA where he earned all conference honors in his Sophomore and Junior seasons and was named a Regional All American his Senior year.

After graduating from Elizabethtown with a Social Work Degree focusing on youth intervention, Custer made a decision to pursue a professional career with the Harrisburg City Islanders now named PENN Fc in the USL Pro League. In the first and second year on the team, he played a integral role in helping establish a permanent home for the new franchise. Unfortunately his career ended early with several ankle injuries leading to surgeries that prevented him from returning to that level.

His professional career opened up opportunities to continue being involved with the game he loves through training players and coaching teams at all levels over the past 13 yrs. Transitioning him from the soccer field to the medical field where he currently has been practicing as an Orthotist for Lawall Orthotics and Prosthetics in Hershey PA for the past 7 years.

Steve has a passion for health and wellness and has been partnered with Stark International for over 2 yrs. With the support of his wife and three girls, Steve is focused on supporting the dreams and goals of youth athletes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and surrounding states.

Wallace Macon

Area Scout / Recruiting Coordinator
(301)775-4883 (cell)
Areas Served: Central PA, National Open Territory Prospects
Enlisted in the US Air Force at 18. Stationed in MD, Korea, Turkey, Middle East, and back to DC. Started coaching youth basketball in Korea in 1998 and have not stopped since. Served as a mentor and coach at various levels around the globe and recognized by Department of Defense officials and foreign national leaders. While in Korea was selected to play on the base basketball team earning the privilege to travel overseas locations playing against and training with elite level “warrior athletes”. Also coached youth boys’ baseball in the MD area for 10 years.

Worked with local high school, college, and travel coaches. Since retiring and moving back to PA, has been coaching girls basketball and developing training plans for young girls through high school. Has built strong relationships and scouting network with local basketball trainers, high school and college coaches assisting with camps and personal development opportunities for young student-athletes.

• 21 years active duty retired veteran of the US Air Force
• Finished career at the highest level of the Air Force working for Presidential appointee (hand-selected position)
• Served as mentor and coach for 15 years around the world to youth of all backgrounds
• Driven by seeing success in others and making an impact as a community leader
• Prides himself on building relationships and bridging the gap between people that normally would not work together or know about each other
• B.S. in Information Systems
• M.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management

Dennis Hobbs

Area Scouting Director / Recruiting Coordinator
(704)746-6991 (cell)
Areas Served: North Carolina, National Open Territory Prospects
Dennis Hobbs played his high school basketball career at the national powerhouse Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA. He furthered his basketball career and education at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA where he finished 12th all-time in scoring with 1,130 points. He led the team to 22-7 record his senior year, which at the time was the most wins in school history.

He has 15+ years of coaching youth sports which include high and middle school, AAU and youth football and basketball. He owned his own basketball training program which operated for 10 years where he provided individual and group training, summer camps and clinics. He also ran his own AAU basketball organization. He is currently a high school principal with a passion for working with kids in the Mooresville Graded School District.

Dennis has a bachelor's degree from King's College, Masters Degree in Teaching from University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master's degree in Leadership from Western Carolina University.

Galen Shell

Area Scout / Recruiting Coordinator
(570)550-2423 (cell)
Areas Served: Northeastern Pennsylvania, National Open Territory Prospects
Galen is orginally from South Jersey and has been in the Northeast PA area since 1998. While attending Kings College he played football as a RB and DB. Since moving to the area he has immersed himself into the community in various aspects. He has volunteered his time assiting organizations such as CEO and the YMCA to help the less fortunate and children of all age groups.

He began his coaching career as a youth league coach serving in the position for several years and now paces the sidelines as a high school freshman football and basketball coach. In between stints as a youth and freshman coach he served as Db's coach for the Electric City Chargers a Semi-Pro football team located in Northeastern PA.

He has a profound understanding of the current structure of youth and high school sports in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. This allows him to help young athletes hurdle the many obstacles they face and excel in life and their sport of choice. He resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with his fiance and 4 children.

• 8 years serving as a football coach/mentor
• 7 years serving as a basketball coach/mentor
• 3 years as youth speed/agility trainer

Brad Cooper

Area Scout / Recruiting Coordinator
(304)820-8908 (cell)
Areas Served: Western MD, West Virginia, National Open Territory Leads
Brad will scout a variety of sports and has a basketball and softball background. He will cover athletes in West Virginia, Maryland and surrounding areas!

• Born and raised in Charles Town, WV

• Graduate of Jefferson High School(WV) and attended Shepherd University(WV)

• 16 years Basketball Coaching Experience

• 6 years Softball Coaching Experience

• Former Security Contract Project Manager at Dulles International Airport for 7 years (14 1/2 years total)

• Devoted husband to high school sweatheart, just celebrated 12 year anniversary. Proud father of 2 daughters (ages 10 & 6) and 1 son (age 3).

• In free time enjoys his family, golf, fishing and watching all sports.

Coach Cooper is excited about helping facilitate scholarship opportunities for West Virginia/Maryland student athletes!