Where They Are Going

Monday, February 4, 2008 6:56 PM

Last Spring Josh Barr rated the top 20 rising senior football players in the Washington area who were expected to be targeted by major college teams. Each has made his choice and can sign officially Wednesday.

1. WR Kenny Tate, DeMatha, 6-4, 225

What We Said Then: The All-Met could be the most highly-recruited player ever to come out of DeMatha. Stags Coach Bill McGregor says Tate "can go basically anywhere in the country. You name the school, he has the offer." McGregor ticked off Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Virginia Tech and Illinois among Tate's suitors, a list that also includes Maryland. "I haven't done anything yet to promote Tate, McGregor said recently. "I got a phone call yesterday from USC. They don't call all the time you know."

Where He's Going: MARYLAND

2. OL Jimmy Bennett, West Potomac, 6-9, 285

What We Said Then: The mountain-sized All-Met has plenty has "offers from everyone," Wolverines Coach Eric Henderson said, listing Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Penn State has offered, Michigan State, Boston College and Notre Dame also are in the mix. "Everybody that looks at him wants to offer," Henderson said. "He run a 4.9-second 40. He's kind of freakish." Don't expect Bennett to make a decision until he takes some official visits in the fall.

Where He's Going: CONNECTICUT

3. RB Josh Haden, Friendly, 5-7, 190

What We Said Then: Patriots assistant coach Marcus Berry said Haden holds more than a dozen scholarship offers, including from Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State, Boston College, North Carolina and Virginia. "He's got everybody," Berry said. Haden's older brother, Joe, last season's All-Met Offensive Player of the Year, is enrolled at Florida.

Where He's Going: BOSTON COLLEGE

4. RB Ryan Williams, Stonewall Jackson, 5-11, 215

What We Said Then: Raiders Coach Loren Johnson said Williams's list of scholarship offers "is almost too many to name." The top few include Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Clemson and Notre Dame, Johnson said.

Where He's Going: VIRGINIA TECH

5. RB Lamaar Thomas, Friendly, 6-0, 185

What We Said Then: Maryland and Illinois are recruiting him as a running back. Georgia and Tennessee as a defensive back. Everyone else as a wide receiver. He holds scholarship offers from all of the afore-mentioned schools, as well as Virginia, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Rutgers, Boston College, Connecticut and Louisville.

Where He's Going: OHIO STATE

6. DT Reggie Ellis, Dunbar, 6-2, 275

What We Said Then: Holds scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia and Illinois already and Crimson Tide Coach Craig Jefferies believes Auburn, Clemson and Michigan State "aren't far behind."

Where He's Going: ILLINOIS

7. WR Rodney McLeod, DeMatha, 5-10, 185

What We Said Then: Though he often is lost in the shadow of teammate Kenny Tate, McLeod is also a top recruit. He already holds offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Illinois and Syracuse.

Where He's Going: VIRGINIA

8. QB Mike Glennon, Westfield, 6-7, 190

What We Said Then: The younger brother of Virginia Tech's starting quarterback holds scholarship offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech. "He's being recruited by basically everybody in the ACC," Bulldogs Coach Tom Verbanic said.

Where He's Going: North Carolina State

9. OL A.J. Francis, Gonzaga, 6-5, 315

What We Said Then: Burly lineman returned from national combine in San Antonio and committed to Maryland.

Where He's Going: MARYLAND

10. WR Kevin Dorsey, Forestville, 6-1, 185

What We Said Then: Committed to Maryland last summer. As a junior, had 27 catches for 869 yards and 12 touchdowns. Knights Coach Charles Harley calls Dorsey the hardest worker he's ever had.

Where He's Going: MARYLAND

11. DB Cameron Johnson, Gonzaga, 6-4, 225

What We Said Then: Two-year starter holds offers from Maryland, Virginia and Duke. He's being recruited as a safety, but "he could probably do either one, receiver or d-back," Gonzaga coach Joe Reyda said.

Where He's Going: VIRGINIA

12. OL Zach Kerr, Quince Orchard, 6-3, 295

What We Said Then: Academically ineligible as a sophomore, Kerr burst onto the scene in fall 2006. He has an offer in writing from Rutgers while Maryland, Virginia Tech and Penn State have said they also will offer, Cougars Coach Dave Mencarini said. Colleges like Kerr on either side of the ball "because he's so big and he can move," Mencarini said.

Where He's Going: MARYLAND

13. WR Morgan Carter, Hylton, 6-4, 200

What We Said Then: Can play many different positions and could be the Bulldogs' quarterback next season. Likely to be a wide receiver, linebacker or defensive back in college. Holds offers from Rutgers and Connecticut. "He's got a couple things going in his favor," Coach Lou Sorrentino said. "He's a big kid and he can run. He's a great student and has versatility. I told him when different [college] coaches come in here, they might see him in different ways, but that's only going to help him."

Where He's Going: RUTGERS

14. S Devin Wallace, Friendly, 6-0, 200

What We Said Then: Holds an offer from Virginia. "He looks the part and he can really run," Friendly assistant coach Marcus Berry said.

Where He's Going: VIRGINIA

15. DB Dan Atwood, Gaithersburg, 5-11, 185

What We Said Then : A starter every year in high school, he's being recruited as a safety. Maryland, West Virginia, Penn State and Notre Dame have been in to take a look, Trojans Coach Kreg Kephart said. "Right now he's taking it all in," Kephart said. "He's a local kid and could very well like Maryland, but he's not opposed to going far away. His sister is a cheerleader at Hawaii."

Where He's Going: TOWSON

16. DB Okechuckwu Okoroha, Eleanor Roosevelt, 6-2, 190

What We Said Then: Being recruited as a free safety, Raiders Coach Rick Houchens is confident that Okoroha will be the next in a line of top recruits from the Greenbelt school.

Where He's Going: BOSTON COLLEGE

17. OL Quinton Sales, Friendly, 6-3, 280

What We Said Then: Holds offers from Rutgers, Connecticut and Marshall.


18. QB Kyle Frazier, Damascus, 6-2, 200

What We Said Then: A third-year starter, Frazier is getting interest from Boston College and Connecticut, whose camps he attended last summer. Another strong summer could yield a scholarship offer.

Where He's Going: MONMOUTH

19. LB Darius Hill, Springbrook, 6-1, 215

What We Said Then: A two-year starter, has led the Blue Devils in tackles each of the past two seasons. Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Kansas State are the schools showing the most interest in Hill.

Where He's Going: TOWSON

20. OL Tony Edwards, Damascus, 6-0, 265

What We Said Then: About the only thing separating Edwards from being a big-time recruit is two inches. If he can grow just a tad taller, Edwards has the technique and ability to be a force. His father played on the offensive line at Maryland in the 1980s.

Where He's Going: BRYANT

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