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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Looking back at the top local prospects in the class of 2012

Leading up to the beginning of last year’s National Letter-of-Intent football signing period, I created several lists of top prospects. Let’s take a look back at my list of the top recruits for 2012:

1. WR Stefon Diggs, Good Counsel: This was a pretty easy call, though you could make the case that DL Eddie Goldman of Friendship Collegiate is 1A. Diggs plans to announce his college choice Feb. 10 and many expect him to attend Florida. [VIDEO]

2. RB Wes Brown, Good Counsel: Probably not in the same category as Diggs/Goldman, but not far behind. Committed to Maryland shortly after the school hired Mike Locksley.

3. DL Eddie Goldman, Friendship Collegiate: Right up there with Diggs for the area’s most high-profile recruit. It is believed that Florida State is his most likely choice. [VIDEO, PHOTO GALLERY]

4. DB Ron Darby, Potomac (Md.): Season was slowed somewhat by injuries, but his recruiting continued at top speed. Florida State is his most likely choice, with Florida, Auburn and Notre Dame (where he committed in April and decommitted in early January) also in the mix.[VIDEO]

5. DE Michael Moore, DeMatha: Talented player wrapped up his recruiting process before the season, committing to Virginia, where his father, Shawn, was a star quarterback and now is an assistant coach. [VIDEO]

6. LB Dominic Bryan, Georgetown Prep: Missed on this one. Had early offers from Maryland and Boston College but has yet to commit.

7. OL Michael Madaras, Good Counsel: Was the first member of the local class of 2012 to announce his college intentions, accepting an offer from Maryland. [VIDEO]

8. OL Ryan Watson, Good Counsel: Two-way standout usually stayed below the radar on a team loaded with talent. Committed to Purdue.

9. DE Ken Ekanem, Centreville: Two-time All-Met had another strong season and is expected to sign with Virginia Tech. [VIDEO]

10. OL Michael Boland, Georgetown Prep: Committed to Massachusetts.

11. DB Kenny Crawley, H.D. Woodson: Committed to Tennessee before the season, but wound up switching to Colorado.

12. TE Brent Wilkerson, DeMatha: Committed to Penn State in March, evaluated his options after the scandal that cost Joe Paterno his job and wound up reaffirming his commitment to Nittany Lions.

13. LB Sam Lebbie, DeMatha: Played sideline-to-sideline for the Stags. Accepted a scholarship offer from West Virginia before the season.

14. OL Derrick Nelson, Carroll: Committed to Rutgers before the season.

15 .LB Devin Vandyke, South County: Following his brother Ronnie by committing to Virginia Tech. [VIDEO]

16 .RB Uriah Bethea, Wise: Committed to James Madison before enduring an injury-plagued senior year.

17. OL Mitchell Kirsch, St. John’s: Has excellent size, but offers from top programs never materialized. Committed to James Madison.

18. TE Stefan Houston, Clarksburg: In the middle of a strong senior season committed to Maryland.

19. LB Shawn Petty, Eleanor Roosevelt: Excelled on both sides of the ball for Raiders; committed to Maryland to play defense. [VIDEO]

20. C.J. Reimann, Oakton: Committed to William & Mary.

Some players who could have — OK, perhaps should have — been on this list: WR Alex Carter, Briar Woods (Stanford), DL Roderick Chungong, Good Counsel (Georgia Tech), RB Albert Reid, Friendship Collegiate (Maryland)

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