By David Glenn
August 30, 2007
The Maryland/D.C. region has plenty of offensive talent in the Class of 2008, with each of the top five ranked players, and six of the top 10, playing on that side of the ball.
Three wide receivers are ranked in the top nine (No. 1 Kenny Tate, No. 5 Kevin Dorsey, No. 9 Rodney McLeod). That doesn't include Lamaar Thomas (No. 2), a dynamic athlete who could wind up playing either tailback or wide receiver in college. The top 10 also features an offensive lineman (No. 3 Lane Clelland) and a tailback (No. 5 Josh Haden).
The state also has several standout defensive tackles, with five of the top 15 prospects serving in the trenches (No. 6 Reggie Ellis, No. 7 Teddy Dargan, No. 10 Jeff Braun, No. 13 Zach Kerr, No. 15 A.J. Francis). In addition, four of the top 20 prospects are defensive backs (No. 8 Okechukwu Okoroha, No. 11 Cameron Chism, No. 14 Tavon Wilson, No. 17 Ronald Hobby).
From a school standpoint, Maryland has had the most success of any ACC school within its own state borders, with commitments from five of the top 20 prospects in the state (Dorsey, Dargan, Wilson, Francis, No. 16 Cody Blue).
Virginia also has had some success recruiting in its northern neighbor, with commitments from two of the state's top 12 prospects (McLeod and Johnson), along with two more pledges (Colter Phillips and Devin Wallace) from the "others worth watching" list. The only other ACC school with a commitment from Maryland is Boston College, who received an early pledge from Haden.
MARYLAND / D.C. TOP 30*
(Commitment In CAPS)
|1. Kenny Tate||WR||6-4/210||Hyattsville DeMatha||Fla., Ill., Mich., ND, OSU, PSU, UVa, VT|
|2. Lamaar Thomas||RB/WR||5-11/180||Fort Washington Friendly||BC, Fla., Ill., Md., Mich., UNC, OSU, Syr., Tenn.|
|3. Lane Clelland||OL||6-5/270||Owings Mills McDonogh||NOTRE DAME|
|4. Josh Haden||RB||5-9/190||Fort Washington Friendly||BOSTON COLLEGE|
|5. Kevin Dorsey||WR||6-1/180||Forestville High||MARYLAND|
|6. Reggie Ellis||DT||6-2/275||Washington (DC) Dunbar||Ala., BC, Ill., Md., Mich., PSU, Pitt, Rut.|
|7. Teddy Dargan||DT||6-3/285||Baltimore Milford Mill||MARYLAND|
|8. Okechukwu Okoroha||DB||6-1/185||Greenbelt Eleanor Roosevelt||BC, Clem., Ill., Md., UNC, NCSU, PSU, Rut., Syr., UVa|
|9. Rodney McLeod||WR||5-10/180||Hyattsville DeMatha||VIRGINIA|
|10. Jeff Braun||DT||6-4/300||Westminster Winters Mills||WEST VIRGINIA|
|11. Cameron Chism||CB||6-1/180||Forestville Bishop McNamara||BC, Ill., Md., Pitt, Syr., Temple|
|12. Cameron Johnson||LB||6-4/230||Washington (DC) Gonzaga||VIRGINIA|
|13. Zach Kerr||DT||6-2/310||Gaithersburg Quince Orchard||Ill., Md., Ohio, PSU, Rut., Syr., Temple, VT|
|14. Tavon Wilson||CB||6-0/180||Washington (DC) H.D. Woodson||MARYLAND|
|15. A.J. Francis||DT||6-5/315||Washington (DC) Gonzaga||MARYLAND|
|16. Cody Blue||OL/DT||6-4/280||Columbia Wilde Lake||MARYLAND|
|17. Ronald Hobby||CB||5-10/170||Brandywine Gwynn Park||PITTSBURGH|
|18. Joey Ehrmann||LB||6-3/200||Baltimore Gilman||BC, Duke, Iowa, Syr.|
|19. Wayne Warren||QB||6-1/195||Salisbury Wicomico||Aub., UConn, Iowa, Stan., Syr.|
|20. Michael Kay||OL||6-3/285||Springdale C.H. Flowers||SYRACUSE|
OTHERS WORTH WATCHING
|Jharron Armstrong||DB||6-1/185||Washington (DC) Dunbar|
|Corey Boatman||OL/DT||6-1/255||Wheaton Good Counsel|
|Jarren Brown||RB||5-8/180||Springdale C.H. Flowers|
|Lonnie Liggins||RB||5-9/175||Parkton Hereford|
|Bryan Murray||DT||6-1/290||Wheaton Good Counsel|
|Colter Phillips||TE||6-5/230||North Bethesda Georgetown||VIRGINIA|
|Quinton Sales||OL||6-2/280||Fort Washington Friendly|
|Nick Speller||OL||6-5/300||Baltimore Edmondson-Westside|
|Dalonte Wallace||LB/DE||6-0/200||Greenbelt Eleanor Roosevelt|
|Devin Wallace||DB||5-10/195||Fort Washington Friendly||VIRGINIA|
- rankings by the ACC Sports Journal and ACCSports.com
Note: College lists current through 2007 Kickoff edition of ACC Sports Journal.