Maryland, Washington D.C., & Delaware
•••• Billy Cosh 6-1, 195, 4.8 Gambrills Arundel
He is one of the more productive QB prospects in the Atlantic coast region.
On Film–Billy shows outstanding mechanics, is exceptionally accurate, and shows plus arm strength. He is an expert at throwing the ball while on the run and can dominate as a pure drop-back passer. He is a QB who can thread the needle with his passes and run for significant yardage. He is dynamite in play action and scares the defense to death when rolling out and throwing the ball on the run. He is a difference maker at the high school level. For proof check out the Linganore game in which he completed 39 of 64 passes for 495 yds and 5 TDs. A prolific offensive performer with big-time skills.
Stats–He completed 295 of 448 passes for 3,995 yds and 56 TDs and was picked off just 10 times in '08. He also carried the ball 42 times for 197 yds and 6 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–His father, Chris Cosh, is Kansas State's defensive coordinator and played linebacker at Virginia Tech. His favorite schools are KS STATE, VA TECH, KY, EAST CAROLINA, SYRACUSE, OK STATE, and MI STATE.
•••• Ricardo Young 6-1, 175, 4.5 Washington D.C. H.D. Woodson
The most athletic QB in the region, this guy can get the job done with his arm and his feet. It might be stretching to say he is 6-1 but it not stretching it to say he has the ability to take Virginia tech to an ACC title.
On Film–I was impressed with his accuracy, his dominance in short to medium range passes, shows a quick release, and a much stronger arm than I was aware of. He can make all the throws including throwing the deep out with authority. He is a leader on the field, makes very good decisions, is cool under pressure, and can get the job done when it is most needed.
Stats–He earned D.C. All-Area honors after throwing for 3,100 yds and 31 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is perfect 4.0. He has a 30" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to VIRGINIA TECH.
Other Quarterbacks to Watch:
Josh Marshall 6-2, 185, 4.55 Frederick Tuscarora
Jerry Lovelocke 6-4, 210, 4.7 Baltimore Edmondson-Westside
Evan Pittman 6-1, 220, 4.7 Baltimore Calvert Hall
Daniel Topscott 6-2, 185, 4.8 Hyattsville DeMatha
Kyle Clise 6-2, 200, 4.9 Hyattsville DeMatha
••••+ Zach Zwinak 6-1, 225, 4.55 Frederick Linganore
He is one of the country's finest big backs.
On Film–#40 has led the Lancers' offense for the past two years. He has a good combination of speed and power, runs hard between the tackles, keeps his pads low, and makes defenders pay for the tackle. He also shows the ability, once he gets out in space, to create and break away for extra yardage. He always keeps his shoulders square to the line and picks up yardage with his quick feet, strength, and instincts. He also shows a natural pair of hands and has the speed of a TB. He is the complete back who can run, catch, and block. He can play either TB or FB at the next level.
Stats–He carried the ball 133 times for 1,447 yds and 19 TDs averaging over 10 yds per carry.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.5.
Favorite Schools–His father, B.J. Zwinak, played ball at Virginia Tech. His favorite schools are VA TECH, NOTRE DAME, MD, RUTGERS, CAL, WI, OH STATE, PENN STATE, NC STATE, MI, STANFORD, and WV.
•••• Marcus Coker 6-1, 226, 4.55 Hyattsville DeMatha
He brings great size, speed, and strength to the recruiting table.
On Film–Marcus is a north/south runner who runs hard, shows good quickness and balance, hits the hole quickly, and will fight for extra yards. A very strong back, he can reach top speed in the blink of an eye. Marcus told me that no one person could tackle him. When you watch him on film you would have to agree, it usually takes a whole group of guys to bring this 226 pounder down. He is an all-around back who shows soft hands and good blocking skills.
Stats–He carried the ball 118 times for over 1,000 yds and 18 TDs. He also caught 17 passes for 300 yds and 3 TDs.
Other Sports–He has been timed in an 11.5 100 and a 22.3 200 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5. Benches 355 and he has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools–GA, OH STATE, MD, FL, NC, VA, BC, WAKE FOREST, IOWA, MN, and KS STATE.
•••• Khalek Shepherd 5.9, 174, 4.5 Brandywine Gwynn Park
He is the son of former Prep Football Report All-American Leslie Shepherd is starting to make a name for himself.
On Film–He is a slasher at RB. He shows the tools to be recruited at the RB, FS, or even as a slot WR. He shows great hands, vision, hits the hole quickly, can block, and shows all-the-way kind of speed. He needs to add weight and strength, but the overall athletic ability is certainly there. He shows very good range and can roll his hips. He shows good timing on defense.
Stats–He ran for 980 yds and 14 TDs in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 3.8.
Favorite Schools–MD, BC, RUTGERS, WV, TN, FSU, MI, UCONN, MI STATE, and VA.
•••+ Jeff Knox 6-3, 208, 4.55 Hyattsville DeMatha
He is being recruited at both the RB and FS positions.
On Film–Jeff played WR, RB, CB, FS, and LB in '08. He is one of the more versatile performers in the state of Maryland. On offense he is a hard-charging back who runs straight up and down, shows good cutting ability, and is more affective when running on the perimeter. On defense he is a rangy, hard-hitting FS who has the size and strength to jam receivers at the line and the quickness and backpedal to stay with them once they are at full speed. He shows good anticipation. Once he concentrates on either offense or defense, look out, a natural athlete.
Stats–He ran for 1,243 yds and 15 TDs averaging 7.5 yds per carry in '08. He totaled 54 tackles and 1 pick on defense.
Other Sports–He averages 12 pts and 10 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
Favorite Schools–He has had several relatives play ball at Colorado, Toledo, and Kent State. Originally from Pittsburgh, he is committed to PITT.
••• Delonte Morton 6-2, 245, 4.68 Hyattsville DeMatha
This team certainly has quite a backfield.
On Film–Mr. Morton is the pounder who was used more as a blocking back. When given the chance he shows quick feet, excellent strength, and the ability to break tackles. He also played part-time at LB and should be a full-time starter at that position this year.
Stats–He carried the ball 22 times for 250 yds and 6 TDs and totaled 30 tackles and 5 sacks at LB.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
Favorite Schools–MD, UCLA, VA, VA TECH, BC, and PITT.
••• Jamaal Jackson 5-8, 162, 4.45 Newark-Hodgson-Vo Tech, DE
A small but explosive RB and one of the top three prospects in the state of Delaware.
On Film–Jamaal is a exciting to watch, he shows the vision, balance, and moves to remain at the TE position in college once he gains weight and strength. He also shows good range and timing on the defensive side of the ball. Explosive and smart with a great burst, he also makes one heck of a punt returner.
Stats–Earned All-State mention for his play at RB in '08.
Favorite Schools–BC, PITT, LOUISVILLE, MD, EAST CAROLINA, RUTGERS, and SYRACUSE.
••• Malcolm Yowk 5-9, 170, 4.5 Camden Caesar Rodney, DE
Here's a ball player I missed during my eastern travels but his name has been brought to my attention as one of the top five prospects in the state of Delaware.
On Film–Malcolm, like Jackson, is a small, quick darting type of back with very good vision, surprising strength, and excellent balance. He causes most of his damage on the perimeter but is not an easy tackle. He also shows a good pair of hands.
Favorite Schools–RUTGERS, STANFORD, PURDUE, TEMPLE, and MD.
••• Dom Mitchell 5-10, 195, 4.6 Olney Good Counsel
Here is a back to keep your eye on.
On Film–He is a hard charging back on offense and a hard hitting safety on defense. He does a good job of taking on blocks and delivering hits, and also shows the athletic ability to cover receivers.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 315 and has a 30" VJ.
Favorite Schools–He has had several relatives play college ball at Utah, Colorado, and one with the St. Louis Cardinals.
••• Malik Cross 5-11, 185, 4.55 Oxon Hill
He is a Division I candidate at the RB and DB positions.
On Film–On offense, he proves to be an all-around back that can run and catch. A slasher with very good vision who follows his blockers well, can lower his shoulder, and get extra yards after initial contact. On defense, he has proven to be good in coverage, shows good range, and a smooth backpedal.
Stats–He rushed for 1,653 yds and 9 TDs while also catching 40 passes for 853 yds and 3 scores and totaled 43 tackles on defense. His brother plays ball at Michigan.
Grades–His GPA is over 2.5.
Favorite Schools–OR, MI, PENN STATE, VA TECH, WAKE FOREST, IL, and NC STATE.
Other Running Backs to Watch:
Stephen St. Clair 6-0, 190, 4.5 Bel Air Carroll
Jason Clements 5-10, 180, 4.5 Millersville Old Mil
Deron Ames 5-10, 190, 4.5 Snow Hill
Mike Nittoli 5-9, 200, 4.5 Olney Good Counsel
Antoine Reese 5-10, 185, 4.5 Waldorf Westlake
Arlando Scott 5-10, 175, 4.45 Waldorf North Point
Pat Harbeson 5-8, 180, 4.5 Hyattsville DeMatha
Austin Bailey 6-0, 235, 4.8 Hyattsville DeMatha
••••+ Brandon Coleman 6-6, 205, 4.6 Forestville Bishop McNamara
The word here is potential. When you have a 6-6 WR with a 36" vertical and is as athletic as Mr. Coleman is, then the world is your oyster and your potential is unlimited.
On Film–#21 can run pretty good. He looks to be closer to a 4.6 than his reported 4.4, runs good routes, and can go up and catch the ball at its highest point. More of a red-zone receiver, he is also a very good downfield blocker. He works hard to improve his game and he could wind up being a five-star player by the end of his senior campaign. Like a lot of the football players, he started out as a basketball player who realized his future would be in football. Once he realizes this completely, he could become a go-to guy in a major college program.
Stats–He caught 45 passes for over 500 yds and 9 TDs in '08 earning some All-District mention at WR.
Other Sports–He averages 10 pts and 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2 and he scored an 870 on the SAT.
Favorite Schools–MD, FL, BC, NOTRE DAME, RUTGERS, VA, PITT, STANFORD, SYRACUSE, VA TECH, WV, and TN.
••••+ Adrian Coxson 6-2, 187, 4.45 Baltimore City College
A playmaker with All-American ability, he possesses strong hands, runs good routes, can leap, and is as athletic as they come.
On Film–He seems to have those natural instincts you look for in a WR. He changes speeds and sets up his routes perfectly giving defenders one heck of a time when trying to stay with him. He is just a very good all-around athlete with quick feet, good balance, and body control. He competes for the ball in flight and is at his best in tough situations. He can hurt you in underneath zones or tracking down the deep ball over his shoulder. He is the consummate WR.
Stats–He caught 36 passes for 978 yds and 12 TDs and also picked off 3 passes at CB. He has totaled 40 TDs over the past three years.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 225 and has a 37" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to PENN STATE.
•••+ E.J. Scott 5-11, 170, 4.4 Olney Good Counsel
He is a 170 pounder with excellent quickness and great acceleration.
On Film–He plays on a run-oriented team but has made a name for himself in summer camps. He is fast and quick with good hands. He runs great routes and can make things happen after the catch. An aggressive 170 pounder with good hips.
Stats–He caught 18 passes for 475 yds and 7 TDs and totaled 15 tackles at CB in '08. In one quarter last season against PVI he had 3 catches for 133 yds and 3 scores.
Grades–His GPA is 2.9. Benches 260 and has a 37" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to VIRGINIA.
•••+ Ryan Dixon 6-0, 175, 4.4 Frederick Linganore
On production alone Ryan deserves three plus stars.
On Film–#9 has led the Lancers for the past two years at the WR position showing good hands, agility, quickness, leaping ability, and toughness. He catches everything thrown at him and is very productive when going over the middle. He runs good routes, shows surprising speed, and can out leap most defenders for the ball.
Stats–He caught 50 passes for 1,000 yds and 14 TDs averaging 20 yds per catch on his way to earning All-State honors.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0. He has a 36" VJ.
Favorite Schools–TEMPLE, PITT, DUKE, and DELAWARE.
•••+ Sherrard Harrington 6-0, 180, 4.48 Washington D.C. H.D. Woodson
Here is another WR who plays on a run-oriented team but makes the most of his catches.
On Film–He catches the ball with his hands and in stride, he quickly turns up field, and has that burst and pure speed to outrun most defenders he goes up against. He has also proven to be a difficult tackle with his combination of moves, strength, and burst.
Stats–He caught 19 passes for 300 yds and 3 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is 3.1. Benches 225 and has a 36" VJ.
••• Kyrrel Latimer 5-11, 192, 4.46 Hyattsville DeMatha
He could be listed at the WR or FS positions.
On Film– He shows Division I skills at both spots. On offense he is a sure-handed receiver with very good speed. On defense he is a hard-hitting FS who loves to mix it up. He is also DeMatha's top punt and kick returner showing explosive moves.
Stats–He totaled 50 tackles, 1 pick, and broke up 10 passes at FS. He caught 6 passes for 206 yds and 1 TD at WR.
Other Sports–Has been timed in a 10.9 100 and a 22.6 200 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. Benches 255.
Favorite Schools–Committed to VIRGINIA.
••• Devonte Stamps 6-2, 185, 4.45 Pomfret McDonough
He is one of the more exciting players in the state of Maryland.
On Film–He proves to be a remarkable receiver who gets to the ball at its highest point, shows strong hands, route running ability, and catches everything within reach. A very good all-around athlete with quick feet, good balance, and body control. He competes for the ball in flight showing good leaping ability.
Stats–He earned All-League and All-Area honors at WR.
Grades–His GPA is over 2.5. He has a 35" VJ.
••• Michael McCarthy 6-2, 175, 4.6 Howard County Mt. Hebron
A bit of an unassuming WR, he's not super big, super fast, or super strong, but just seems to have the knack for making the big play.
On Film–He shows great hand/eye coordination, concentration, and deceptive speed. He runs great routes, always seems to get open, catches the ball away from his body, and can turn up field quickly. There is no wasted motion with this young man.
Stats–He caught 30 passes for 390 yds and 4 TDs on his way to earning All-Howard County honors.
Other Sports–He has long jumped 20' in track and averages 20 pts and 6 rebounds a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 150.
Favorite Schools–MD, RUTGERS, WV, PITT, DE, and TOWSON.
••• Matt Robinson 6-4, 200, 4.69 Columbia Atholton
He is a tall and athletic WR.
On Film–He runs precise routes, shows strong hands, and can be elusive once he gets going. I was also impressed with him at FS where he's a sure tackler with good range. He led the Raiders in tackles in '08. His best game came against Riverhill in which he had 5 catches for 70 yds and 1 TD and 8 tackles.
Stats–Totaled 74 tackles and 1 sack at FS. He caught 15 passes for 210 yds and 4 TDs at WR.
Other Sports–Averages 12 pts and 8 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Favorite Schools–PITT, MD, NC STATE, SYRACUSE, BC, UCONN, and NC.
••• Ronnie Harris 6-0, 170, 4.6 Gambrills Arundel
At first look his height, speed, and strength are pretty average but his production is through the roof.
On Film–This guy catches everything within reach. He surprises you with his quickness, a tough tackle but once he gets in the open field R.J. shows very good moves. Watch the Mead game in which he dominated with 9 catches for 113 yds and 3 TDs.
Stats–He caught 76 passes for 1,056 yds and 20 TDs on his way to earning All-State honors.
Other Sports–He averages 15 pts and 11 rebounds a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 215.
Favorite Schools–ECU, JMU, VA, CLEMSON, SYRACUSE, DE, KS STATE, and MD.
Other Wide Receivers to Watch:
Jayvon Riddick 6-1, 190, 4.5 Washington D.C. Carroll
Tyrek Cheeseboro 6-0, 175, 4.5 Milford Mill
Mark McNeill 6-3, 190, 4.6 Annapolis St. Mary's
Justin Mitchell 5-10, 175, 4.5 Hyattsville DeMatha
•••• James Poggi 6-3, 212, 4.58 Baltimore Gilman
Whether you look at him at the TE or LB positions, Mr. Poggi can certainly play the game. He was brought to my attention by former NFL standout LB Stan White, who is the defensive coordinator at Gilman. Jimmy's father is the head coach at the school.
On Film–He shows great closing speed, tremendous instincts, and plays the game on his feet at LB. He shows soft hands and very good blocking skills at TE. He can really run for a 212 pounder and he makes the most of it. No wasted steps , he runs precise routes, catches the ball at its highest point, and shows very good moves and speed after the catch. He should fill out to 230-240 pounds in college.
Stats–He recorded 112 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 picks, and 3 caused fumbles to go with 26 tackles for losses at LB. He caught 8 passes for 75 yds at TE. He dominated the DeMatha game.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0. He has a 37" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to IOWA.
••• Sam Collura 6-4, 265, 5.0 Hyattsville DeMatha
He may outgrow the TE position and wind up playing guard in college.
On Film–He already blocks like a big-time guard showing quick hands and even quicker feet. He is a physical ball player that does a great job of holding his blocks and staying with the defender. He shows good work habits and a great attitude. Plays on a run-oriented team, but when given the chance, he shows soft hands.
Stats–He caught 5 passes for 47 yds and averaged 80% in his blocking assignments.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8. Benches 275.
•••• Gifford Timothy 6.7, 288, 5.5 Middletown, DE
He is the #1 prospect in the state of Delaware.
On Film–Giff presents quite an intriguing package for the college scouts. He is a 6-7, 288 pounder with long arms, quick feet, and good natural athletic ability. Not yet a dominating prospect but once he gains more weight and strength, look out. On film he is already a strong pass blocker who is aggressive, he goes after defenders, excels as a drive blocker, keeps his feet moving, and stays with his blocks until the whistle. He goes for decleaters on every play, has a nasty attitude, can move well laterally, and plays big in big games. He helped Middletown to the 2007 state championship.
Stats–He graded out at over 90% of his blocking assignments at LT. Totaled 11 tackles and 2 sacks seeing limited duty at NG.
Other Sports–He averages 6 pts and 11 rebounds a game as a center in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6. Benches 250.
Favorite Schools–BYU, MD, RUTGERS, BOISE STATE, PENN STATE, and PITT.
•••• Arie-Manuel Kouandjio 6-5, 300, 5.1 Hyattsville DeMatha
He is a diamond in the rough with All-American potential.
On Film–#59 appears to be in really good condition. He goes hard from the first play to the last showing very quick feet and good lower body strength. He plays tackle in high school but could wind up playing either tackle or guard in college. He loves to mix it up, stays with his blocks until the whistle, and shows the kind of mobility major schools are looking for in an OL. Not super strong but very quick with good balance and body control. He carries his 300 pounds well and could weigh 320 pounds in college. Also plays DE and DT but will wind up playing either tackle or guard at the next level.
Stats–He earned All-Area honors for his play at OT.
Other Sports–He was 29 and 9 as a heavyweight wrestler.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 315.
Favorite Schools–MD, FL, PENN STATE, NOTRE DAME, VA, OH STATE, RUTGERS, MIAMI, AL, AUBURN, MI, IL, BC, IOWA, TN, and WV.
•••• Robby Havenstein 6-7, 345, 5.5 Frederick Linganore
His coach calls him a tough and strong 345 pounder. I call him a potential All American.
On Film–He has tremendous upside at the LT position. He may need a little work on his quickness but when you are 6-7 and 345 pounds and can bend your knees, look out. He is a physical ball player and a devastating run blocker. There hasn't been a defensive player able to stay with him. He consistently beats defenders to the punch showing good technique and movement along the line. He is as consistent as they come and technically sound. A big hard-nosed LT with a great attitude. He had a great state championship game at Ravens Stadium last December.
Stats–He earned 1st Team All-Metro honors at LT.
Other Sports–He averages 14 pts and 11 rebounds a game as a center in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4. Benches 310.
Favorite Schools–MD, PENN STATE, NE, VA TECH, VA, DUKE, KS STATE, NC STATE, STANFORD, WV, and BC.
•••+ Shane Johnson 6-5, 290, 5.3 Hyattsville DeMatha
He is a big high school guard.
On Film–He shows the strength, speed, ability to pull, and also shows the ability to effectively block out on the second level. He is also quick to redirect, is a natural knee bender, and shows good power and strength. His footwork is very impressive for a 290 pounder. Head Coach Bill McGregor loves Shane's tenacity and ability to physically dominate opponents.
Stats–Earned some All-Area mention for his play at guard.
Grades–His GPA is 2.9. Benches 300 and has a 21" VJ.
Favorite Schools–His uncle, Calvin Moore, played at PITT and another uncle, Trevor, played at Hawaii. His favorite schools are MD, BC, PITT, SYRACUSE, MI, PENN STATE, SC, STANFORD, VA, CAL, DUKE, and NM.
•••+ Hansen Barrick 6-6, 320, 5.5 Frederick Tuscarora
He has been a dominating force at the tackle position at the high school level.
On Film–A very solid run blocker who dominates the point of attack, he is big, pretty quick, and very determined. He also has had some success at DT but is better suited to play OT in college. He's been blessed with great size, long arms, and a tremendous attitude. Needs to work on the weights and his quickness, but the talent is there to make the leap to the Division I level. Plays big in big games and works hard to improve his game.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2. Benches 255 and he has 22" VJ.
Favorite Schools–MD, DE, JMU, VA, PITT, DUKE, E. CAROLINA, and BC.
••• Kortlan Jackson 6-3, 292, 5.4 Washington D.C. St. John's
Here is a ball player who really improved his stock down at the San Antonio combine.
On Film–He had a pretty good junior campaign playing tackle, guard, and center. Not super fast but very quick, he can move his feet, does a good job in pass protection, and can also get the job done down in the trenches. He does a very good job against speed rushers using his quick hands and he can mirror and slide. Better suited to play guard or center in college, he certainly has the athletic ability, quickness, and punch to effectively play either spot.
Stats–He earned some All-City mention for his play on offense.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put 43' and the discus 153' in track.
Grades–His GPA is over 2.0.
Favorite Schools–He is related to Pittsburgh's Deron Thomas. His favorite schools are DUKE, MD, PITT, UCLA, OR, MI STATE, and BC.
••• Kelby Johnson 6-8, 255, 5.5 Hyattsville DeMatha
Another Johnson and another potential Division I OL at DeMatha.
On Film–#76 shows good athletic ability and pretty quick feet for a 6-8, 255 pounder. He does not dominate yet at this stage, but once he grows into his body and hits the weights, look out. Before this year he was a basketball player and played football as a fall diversion. Now he realizes he could have a Division I career as a tackle and has really worked hard to improve his game.
Other Sports–Averages 2 pts and 7 rebounds a game in basketball. He still has a couple of years to improve.
Grades–His GPA is 2.1. Benches 210.
Cyrus Kouandjio 6-6, 295, 5.1 Hyattsville DeMatha
He is the younger brother of Arie.
On Film–Cyrus really impresses you on both sides of the ball. He excels in one-on-one run blocking, shows quick feet, lateral speed, and the agility the college scouts are looking for. He does a great job of keeping defenders out in front of him, shows excellent technique, and has gotten much stronger over the past year. He has worlds of talents and should rank as one of the top OL prospects in the ACC area next year.
Stats–Totaled 30 tackles, 5 sacks, and 8 tackles for losses at DE. He graded out at over 85% in his blocking assignments at OT.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0. Benches 320 and has a 25" VJ.
Favorite Schools–LSU, MD, USC, NOTRE DAME, PENN STATE, FL, and VA TECH.
Other Offensive Linemen to Watch:
Jake Geiser 6-2, 275, 5.1 Hyattsville DeMatha
Reggie Klaiber 6-4, 285, 5.1 Greenbelt Roosevelt
Peter Collins 6-2, 270, 5.2 Hyattsville DeMatha
Frank Hinzman 6-4, 235, 5.1 Hyattsville DeMatha
Michael Chiedi 6-2, 240, 4.8 Hyattsville DeMatha
•••• Javarie Johnson 6-3, 218, 4.5 Washington D.C. Dunbar
He is a potential All-American at the DE position and will probably wind up playing OLB at the next level.
On Film–Javarie is an exceptionally quick off-the-ball DE who can bend off the edge, uses his hands to keep blockers at bay, and once he gets up a full head of steam, ball carriers have a tough time getting out of his way. He is the #1 defensive player in the D.C. area. He is athletic as they come. He has been blessed with outstanding pass-rushing skills, a high motor, and his take off and ability to bend and keep his feet is what makes him such a devastatingly good defensive player. He needs to add weight and strength but the burst and desire are certainly there.
Stats–Earned some All-City mention for his play after totaling 90 tackles and 10 QB sacks in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8. He has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MIAMI.
•••+ Andre Monroe 6-0, 285, 4.7 Washington D.C. St. John's
He is the prototypical NG.
On Film–He plays DT, DE, OG, and FB and plays them all very well. He makes plays from sideline to sideline, stays low, hits hard, and is as quick as a 285 pounder can be. He uses his hands well and plays hard until the whistle. One of the more aggressive players in the D.C. area, this guy is always chasing the ball; particularly in the Caroll game in which he proved to be unstoppable totaling 14 tackles and 2½ sacks and 7 QB hurries.
Stats–For the season he had 67 tackles, 6½ sacks, 21 tackles for losses, and 1 caused fumble.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 365 and has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools–His father, Andre Monroe, played ball at Virginia State. Committed to MARYLAND.
•••+ Anthony Ferguson 6-2, 260, 5.0 Baltimore Gilman
The Gilman coaches are very high on this young man at the DT position.
On Film–He shows very good overall strength, has good short burst quickness, uses his hands well, and plays the game aggressively.
Stats–He recorded 74 stops, 6 tackles, and 18 tackles for losses as a junior.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put over 44' in track and he was 35 and 9 as a heavyweight wrestler.
Grades–His GPA is over 2.5. Benches 225 20 times and has a 35" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to IOWA.
••• Hussam Ouri 6-2, 300, 5.0 Annapolis Broadneck
Here is another super strong defender who is perfect for the NG position.
On Film–#54 plays both DT and DE, and looks more comfortable when playing in the middle. He dominates the point of attack, and is able to push the pile and collapse the pocket with his abnormal strength. Not a sack threat, he can keep a QB honest with his burst.
Stats–Recorded 42 tackles, 4 sacks, 8 tackles for losses, and 3 caused fumbles last season.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 13.4 100 meters and has thrown the shot put over 49' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0 and he scored a 1270 on the SAT. Benches 375.
Favorite Schools–MD, UCLA, AL, GA, VA TECH, NAVY, and BC.
••• Tom Kokolas 6-4, 220 Olney Good Counsel
Believe it or not, this 6-4, 220 pounder played DT last season and played it very well.
On Film–He just seems to have natural instincts, does a good job of splitting the double team, plays off blocks well and can make plays in pursuit. Very quick, smart, and technically sound. He is better suited to play DE at the next level.
Stats–He recorded 30 solo tackles, 3 sacks, 10 tackles for losses, 2 fumble recoveries, and also played tackle on offense.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.1 and he scored a 1950 on the SAT. Benches 260.
Favorite Schools–BC, VA, VA TECH, and STANFORD.
••• Nathaniel Clark 6-5, 280, 5.0 Washington D.C. Caroll
You certainly can't overlook this young man's size, quickness, and potential.
On Film–At the high school level he has been a dominating DT for the past two years. He runs very well for a 280 pounder, he can chase showing very good initial quickness, and he's an aggressive ball player who dominates the point of attack. He plays the game on his feet.
Stats–He earned All D.C. Area honors for his play on defense.
Favorite Schools–MD, FL, NC, PENN STATE, and VA TECH.
Other Defensive Linemen to Watch:
Darian Cooper 6-2, 280, 5.0 Hyattsville DeMatha
Derrick Maynard 6-4, 300, 5.1 Lanham Duval
Brandon Bryant 6-2, 225, 4.7 Rockville
Cody McGill 6-4, 240, 4.8 Gaithersburg Quince Orchard
••••+ Nickolas Forbes 6-1, 225, 4.6 Frederick Thomas Johnson
Put together one of those sensational two-way years that very few players across the country could match.
On Film–#22 shows Division I skills at the TB position. He runs hard with power, vision, balance, and a few moves. On defense, he covers the field from sideline to sideline. He plays the whole field and plays it well. He can break down in space and make plays. He is a leader who plays the game on his feet who is smart and instinctive, takes angles to the ball, and wraps up. He is quick and aggressive to fill the hole on inside runs, reads the quarterback well, and quickly closes in on passes in front of him. Just what the doctor ordered if you are looking for a leader who makes plays. Never satisfied, he is a film junkie who also works hard in the weight room.
Stats–Recorded 96 tackles, 4 sacks, 6 tackles for losses, 2 picks, and 1 caused fumble at LD. He carried the ball 146 times, threw 1,176 yds and 15 TDs averaging 8.1 yds at TB. Earned All-State honors for his play on defense.
Other Sports–He has long jumped 19' 8", threw the shot put 52', and the discus 163' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6 and he scored a 1030 on the SAT.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CAL.
•••• Josh Alaeze 6-1, 230, 4.64 Baltimore Parkville
He is the younger brother of former PFR All-American Melvin Alaeze.
On Film–Josh shows the ability to dominate at the ILB position. He also played a little DE but he is better suited to play ILB. A smooth and fluid athlete, steps up and takes on blockers and then shows good pursuit. He is able to shed and stay free to make tackles on the run. He can get to full speed quickly and plays an aggressive brand of football. Very powerful for an ILB, he at times he dominated in the 2008 season and never more so than in the Catonsville game in which he had 16 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 sack. When he is on he is really on.
Stats–He recorded 89 tackles, 6 sacks, 17 tackles for losses, and 7 caused fumbles even though he broke his hand near the end of the season. He also carried about 23 times for 205 yds and 3 scores at RB.
Other Sports–He has been timed in an 11.7 100 and a 22.9 200 meters and has thrown the shot put 48' 10" and the discus 145' in track. He averages 11 pts and 10 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. Benches 355 and has a 35" VJ.
Favorite Schools–NC, PITT, VA TECH, IA, NM, OR, and FL.
•••+ Troy Gloster 6-0, 215, 4.6 Olney Good Counsel
He is the complete LB.
On Film–He is strong, quick, and has great acceleration. A smart ball player, he is rarely caught out of position. He plays OLB on film and could wind up playing that position in college. His speed to the ball is very impressive as is his power. He does a good job of consistently reading plays and getting started in the right direction quickly. He is blessed with good instincts and a competitive nature.
Stats–Recorded 60 tackles, 9 sacks, 13 tackles for losses, and 2 caused fumbles in '08. Against New Jersey's St. Peter's Prep he recorded 9 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4. Benches 320 and has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–His brother, Drew Gloster, plays for Maryland. His favorite schools are MD, NC, NC STATE, IOWA, MI, SYRACUSE, BC, PITT, VA, STANFORD, WAKE FOREST, DUKE, WV, UCONN, and MI STATE.
••• Anthony Bowman 5-10, 205, 4.6 Olney Good Counsel
Here is another LB from this very productive catholic school.
On Film–A strong, quick-to-the-ball LB who also plays some DT. At the WCAC championship game he recorded 9 tackles, 2 for loss, and recovered a fumble, and looked impressive throughout the game. He is better suited to play ILB at the next level, shows good instincts, and plays the game on his feet.
Stats–He recorded 71 tackles, 12 sacks, and 12 tackles for losses last season.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5. Benches 285.
Favorite Schools–MD, UNC, ASU, FSU, DUKE, VANDY, and BC.
••• Chris Pitsenberger 5-11, 215, 4.7 Olney Good Counsel
This is the third linebacker from this very productive school.
On Film–#9 can hit like a ton of bricks, always gets good positioning, and is very quick in a limited space. He shows very good instincts to read and react and does a good job of chasing down ball carriers when in pursuit.
Stats–He totaled 70 tackles, 1 pick, and 4 caused fumbles.
Grades–His GPA is 2.7.
Favorite Schools–BC, WAKE FOREST, WV, MD, NC, and VA.
Other Linebackers to Watch:
Greg Pheabus 6-1, 210, 4.6 North Hagerstown
Robert Parker 6-2, 210, 4.6 Rockville
Sean Brennan 6-6, 220, 4.7 Frederick Tuscarora
Dominique Johnson 6-2, 220, 4.7 Hyattsville DeMatha
Austin Phillips 5-10, 220, 4.8 Hyattsville DeMatha
••••+ Jordan Haden 5-11, 200, 4.42 Ft. Washington Friendly
Ranks as one of the top three prospects in the state of Maryland.
On Film–#4 proves to be a dynamic difference maker at RB and at FS. Let's get to offense first, he is the complete back, quick with great vision, balance, surprising strength, and shows enough speed to take the ball the distance. On defense, he is a hard hitting safety with good coverage skills and excellent top-end speed. He is an exceptionally aggressive defender who attacks the line of scrimmage in run support, does a good job of using his hands to fight through blocks, and can wrap up. One of the better athletes in the Atlantic coast region, he tracks the ball well when it's in the air, can accelerate quickly, and is not afraid of contact. His film shows him always looking to strip the ball against the run. In my opinion he is the best of the three Haden brothers.
Stats–He carried 60 times for 675 yds and 5 TDs averaging over 10 yds per carry. He caught 12 passes for 180 yds and 2 scores. On defense, he had 86 tackles, 4 picks, broke up 9 passes, and caused 2 fumbles on his way to earning All-State honors.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. Benches 275 and has a 37" VJ.
Favorite Schools–His brother Joe plays at Florida and his other brother Josh plays at BC. Committed to FLORIDA.
•••• Louis Young 6-1, 185, 4.48 Olney Good Counsel
With as many good players as this school and DeMatha have, neither school should lose a game during the '09 season.
On Film–#8 is Good Counsel's best athlete, be it at a WR in offense or a ball hawk on defense. He shows very good ball skills, excels in press coverage, covers a lot of ground, and tracks the ball at its highest point showing strong hands and exceptional footwork. He has the size to play FS but the skill and backpedal to play CB. A lock down corner that plays big in big games. He held the DeMatha wide receivers to no catches in their 42-21 victory last fall.
Stats–Caught 18 passes for 400 yds and 4 TDs averaging over 22 yds per catch at WR. He recorded 34 solo tackles, 5 picks, broke up 12 passes, and caused 2 fumbles at CB. He earned 2nd Team All-State honors at CB.
Other Sports–He averages 10 pts, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2. Benches 240 and has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to STANFORD.
•••• Titus Till 6-2, 195, 4.6 Upper Marlboro-Dr. Henry Wise
He is an FS with tremendous instincts.
On Film–#1 is known for his hard-hitting style of play. Filling the alleys, he plays aggressively throughout the game. He is an intelligent run support player and a good open-field tackler. He shows good instincts, quickness, acceleration, and change of direction skills. Not super fast but very quick and instinctive. He was at his best in the first double-time playoff victory against Roosevelt and is a leader on the field.
Stats–Recorded 63 stops, 2 picks, broke up a team record 18 passes and caused 2 fumbles on his way to earning All-District and some All-State mention. On offense he caught 7 passes for 56 yds at WR.
Other Sports–He averages 5 pts and 9 rebounds a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5. Benches 215 and has a 36" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MARYLAND.
••• William Jones 5-11, 170, 4.47 Greenville DuPont, DE
He is one of the top prospects in the state.
On Film–He plays CB showing athleticism, speed, awareness, quickness, composure, and leadership skills. He is very good in play recognition, doesn't get fooled, shows good speed to the ball, and can read routes on a consistent basis. A top-notch cover corner who excels when the ball is in the air.
Stats–He totaled 35 tackles and 5 picks at CB, and threw for 574 yds, 3 TDs, and ran for an additional 605 yds and 8 scores at QB.
Other Sports–Averages 5 pts a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4. Benches 205 and has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–MD, RUTGERS, IA, BC, DUKE, NC STATE, LOUIS, TEMPLE, and E. CAROLINA.
••• Don Hursey 5-11, 180, 4.48 Washington D.C. H.D. Woodson
He is one of the better cover corners in the D.C. area.
On Film–Don proves to be a hard-hitting CB who always seems to get a good break on the ball. He has led the Warriors in picks and passes batted down over the past two years. In the Coolidge game he recorded 6 tackles, picked off a pass and returned it for 40 yds and a TD and broke up 3 other passes. He presents all the tools needed to become an effective cover corner in college. He is tough and physical, consistently steps up and makes tackles and run support, and once the ball is in the air he believe it's his.
Stats–He recorded 50 tackles, 4 picks, and broke up 12 passes in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0 and he scored 1000 on SAT. Benches 225 and has a 37" VJ.
Favorite Schools–PITT, NC, VANDY, PENN STATE, VA, VA TECH.
••• Terence Garvin 6-2, 210, 4.6 Baltimore Loyola
It is tough to find safeties with this kind of size, speed, and all-around athletic ability.
On Film–Terence is a playmaker who is always around the ball. He shows soft hands and tracks the ball well in the air. Has LB size but plays like a CB in pass defense.
Stats–He totaled over 50 tackles and broke up 11 passes on his way to earning All-Metro honors for the second year in a row.
Favorite Schools–Committed to WEST VIRGINIA.
••• Jeremiah Attaochu 6-2, 200, 4.55 Washington D.C. Caroll
Another good sized safety and a student of the game.
On Film–Jeremiah shows an explosive burst and has the speed to stay with most receivers. He also fills hard showing good range, reads well, and shows excellent speed when chasing down ball carriers.
Stats–Earned All-Conference honors for the second year in a row.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5.
Favorite Schools–MD, VA, IL, KS STATE, and E. CAROLINA.
••• Josh Furman 6-3, 195, 4.4 Millersville Old Mill
A year ago not many people knew who Mr. Furman was, but not anymore.
On Film–His size and speed has garnered him attention with just about every Division I school east of the Mississippi. He shows outstanding ability, range, and he's a very solid tackler who responds big in big games. He can turn his hips and shows a smooth backpedal. Everything he does looks effortless, he plays the game with a lot of intensity and strength, and above all, speed.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5. Has a 40" VJ.
Favorite Schools–IL, PITT, DUKE, MD, PURDUE, RUTGERS, MI, NC, VA TECH, OK, and WV.
••• Kevin Johnson 6-0, 155, 4.49 Clarksville River Hill
He is a CB to keep your eye on.
On Film–K.J. looks as thin as a rail but is very quick, athletic, and can deliver a hit. Exceptional when the ball is in the air, he is one of the top cover corners in the area.
Stats–He recorded 44 tackles, 3 picks, and broke up 8 passes. He also caught 4 passes for 180 yds and 4 TDs at WR.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 205 and has a 39" VJ.
Favorite Schools–UCONN, WAKE FOREST, PITT, NC, SYRACUSE, WI, and MN.
••• Jeremiah Johnson 5-11, 160, 4.5 Suitland
It's a good year for DB prospects in the state of Maryland and Jeremiah is one of the very best.
On Film–The prototypical CB, he's been blessed with a lot of confidence, poise, and burst. He excels in one on one passing situations and when coming up to stuff the run, he does not back down. A tough, competitive player with excellent instincts.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MARYLAND.
••• Lorenzo Waters 6-1, 200, 4.5 Hyattsville-DeMatha
DeMatha seems to have at least 15 potential Division I players this year and Mr. Waters is one of the best.
On Film–He excels at stopping the run and can hunt ball carriers down from behind. An intense competitor with a good motor, he shows quick feet, pretty good speed, vision, and every chance he gets he's looking for the big hit. He impresses everyone with his quickness to the ball and ability to quickly show route recognition.
Stats–Earned some All-Area honors for his play at FS.
Favorite Schools–DUKE, IOWA, MD, MIAMI, MI, MN, NM, RUTGERS, SYRACUSE, VA, and VA TECH.
••• Michael Coley 6-0, 193, 4.5 Hyattsville DeMatha
He is one of the better athletes on DeMatha's defense.
On Film–He played both CB and FS in '08 showing very good quickness to the ball. He is a physical ball player who reads well and shows outstanding range.
Stats–He was credited with 68 tackles, 3 picks, broke up 12 passes, and also caused 3 fumbles.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. Benches 250 and has a 35" VJ.
Favorite Schools–MD, VA, BC, IOWA, KS STATE, MI, VA TECH, WAKE FOREST, PITT, and NM.
••• Jeremiah McPhearson 5-9, 165, 4.48 Hyattsville DeMatha
There are so many top-notch prospects at DeMatha that J-Mac has been traveling a little bit under the radar.
On Film–He appears to be a lock-down CB. He is aggressive, strong, and fast with loose hips. He dominated the championship game against Good Counsel last December. A small ball player who is able to identify the play quickly, he has the speed to run with any WR in the state of Maryland.
Stats–He recorded 45 tackles, 3 picks, broke up 7 passes, and caused 2 fumbles in '08.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 10.9 100 meters and long jumped over 21' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. Benches 225 and has a 34" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to NEW MEXICO.
••• Gabril Ezell 6-0, 180, 4.48 Forestville Bishop McNamara
Still another McNamara standout.
On Film–#4 is a tough and aggressive tackler, quick to the ball, and is exceptional when dropping back into coverage. He played both FS and CB on his highlight film. He shows very quick feet and a compact, efficient backpedal. He closes very quickly on passes.
Stats–Recorded 25 tackles, broke up 9 passes, and had 5 tackles for losses in '08.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 22.8 200 and 52.8 400 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–MD, RUTGERS, VA, PITT, and VA TECH.
••• Frank Tamakloe 6-3, 185, 4.59 Olney Good Counsel
I certainly have to like his size, speed, and potential.
On Film–He shows a good ability to find the ball and make big hits. He shows good closing speed and awareness, reads well, and is more than competent in pass defense.
Stats–He recorded 29 solo tackles and batted down 6 passes in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 3.7. Benches 225 and has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to WISCONSIN.
Other Defensive Backs to Watch:
John Gallagher 5-11, 182, 4.6 Hyattsville DeMatha
••• Alex Eckard 6-1, 190, 4.8 Frederick Linganore
He is a potential Division I PK and punter.
On Film–#3 shows ice water in his veins. He is very consistent from 40 yards on in and also boots the majority of his kickoffs in the end zone. He has a good combination of power, accuracy, and foot speed to the ball. He scored the only points in the state championship game last December.
Grades–His GPA is 3.7.