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Maryland Offers Skill Players, Defensive Tackles

Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

By David Glenn
ACCSports.com

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*


No. Name Pos. Ht./Wt. School College Favorites
(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.