Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Projections of the area's most highly-recruited football players in the high school class of 2009:
Tom Chroniger, DeMatha
DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor showed one major-college coach tapes of Chroniger and Maryland standout Scott McBrien from their respective junior years and asked which one he liked better. The answer? Chroniger.
Ross Metheny, Sherando
Has the size and ability, but must recovered from a broken leg suffered in the Virginia AA Division 4 championship game.
Bryn Renner, West Springfield
The Washington area's fifth-leading passer this past season has the size (6-4) and skill to succeed in football, basketball and baseball. The guess here is that he hits the college gridiron.
Patrick Thompson, Stone Bridge
At 6-2, 205 has excellent size and will get plenty of attention on a team that features several I-A prospects.
Tyree White, Dunbar
Don't be surprised to see the Crimson Tide produce another I-A passer. White passed for 2,011 yards and 20 touchdowns as Crimson Tide regained Turkey Bowl title.
Caleb Porzel, Good Counsel
At 5-9 and 180 pounds, size is the biggest question mark for this speedster who holds offers from Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Hofstra.
Damien Thigpen, Stonewall Jackson
Splashed onto the scene this past season when teammate Ryan Williams, a Virginia Tech recruit, was injured.
Dominique Wallace, Chancellor
Two-way standout already holds a scholarship offer from Virginia.
DeAntwan Williams, Woodbridge
Practically carried the Vikings to the Virginia AAA Division 6 title game.
Pete DeSousa, DeMatha
Massive lineman projects as DeMatha's top recruit next season.
Reynard Randolph, Gwynn Park
Rutgers, Tennessee, North Carolina State and Syracuse have already made scholarship offers to the 6-3, 295-pounder.
David Wang, Stone Bridge
The 6-2, 290-pounder committed before his junior year to join older brother Ed at Virginia Tech.
Pete White, St. John's (D.C)
At 6-5 and 325 pounds, the three-year starter holds scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, with several other schools saying they'll soon follow.
Alec Lemon, Arundel
The 6-0, 180-pounder caught 69 passes for 972 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season. His statistics benefit from Arundel's high-tempo offense, but he has plenty of talent as well.
Deon Long, Dunbar
With 56 catches for 1,144 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, he's already getting plenty of major-college interest.
Brandon Scott, Forest Park
Has great size and speed, which will attract offers after an injury-plagued junior season.
Jason Ankrah, Quince Orchard
At 6-4 and 235 pounds, has the frame that college coaches love.
DeOnte' Arnett, Forestville
Another in a long line of top players from the smallest school in Prince George's County. Already holds a scholarship offer from Maryland.
Darin Drakeford, Theodore Roosevelt
At 6-3, set a school record for sacks last season from defensive end, but also has the hands and size to star at tight end.
Isaiah Ross, Eleanor Roosevelt
Hard-nosed player impressed opposing coaches this past season, should be the next top player out of the Greenbelt school.
Brian Slay, Stone Bridge
The most sought-after player among the Bulldogs' lengthy list of recruits. Don't be surprised if interest in the 6-3, 255-pounder blows up.
Sean Stanley, Gaithersburg
Maryland, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Syracuse have already put their scholarship offers into the 6-2, 250-pound end.
Terrence Stephens, Quince Orchard
While Maryland-bound Zach Kerr got most of the attention, Montgomery County insiders believe Stephens was the Cougars' best player in their 14-0 championship season.
Zach Thompson, Stone Bridge
Virginia was the first school to offer this 6-5, 240-pounder, but it won't be the last.
Michael Campanaro, River Hill
The 5-10, 185-pound speedster hit the camp circuit hard last summer, then led River Hill to the Maryland 2A championship this past fall. He already holds offers from Northwestern, Akron and Towson, with plenty of major interest as well.
Darrell Givens, Lackey
Talented player transferred from Friendly just before the season and has plenty of scholarship offers, including Maryland, Virginia and Ohio State.
Travis Hawkins, Quince Orchard
A second-team All-Met as a junior, the 5-11, 185-pounder already holds scholarship offers from Maryland and Penn State with more certain to follow.
Ed Thomas, St. John's (D.C.)
At 5-8 and 175, has size issues, but Cadets Coach Joe Patterson said that other than Pete White, Thomas is the team's strongest player, bench pressing 360 pounds.
Anthony Young-Wiseman, Whitman
Do-it-all player is terrific athlete.
Jelani Jenkins, Good Counsel
Hard hitter already holds 10 scholarship offers, including Maryland, Virginia, Penn State and Oregon. He and Pete White project as the area's two biggest recruits next season.