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Three Bladensburg football players headline largest recruiting class in years

Bladensburg’s 4-6 football campaign this fall was its best season in three years thanks in large part to three Football Championship Subdivision-level recruits. And come National Signing Day on February 1, Coach Derek Tyler expects the school’s largest signing class in recent history.

Senior Rahman Kamara may be the sleeper of the bunch. Listed as a 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back and receiver, Kamara was the Mustangs’ all-purpose threat, returning interceptions and kickoffs for touchdowns and making key offensive plays, and was named to the Prince George’s County 4A first team defense. Though he holds only three offers (Bryant, Stony Brook and Virginia Military Institute), Kamara’s senior highlight tape has impressed recruiters.

“He was a quiet guy after last year and now people are coming to the building and saying, ‘Wow, he's a player.’” Tyler said. “... His film speaks louder than anything else.”

Senior Silas Ademola, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound lineman, had an offer from Temple, along with ones from Buffalo, Hampton, New Hampshire and Towson. Ademola was seriously interested in the Owls but he couldn’t commit because they pulled his offer after they received commitments from other defensive ends they recruited, Tyler said.

Recently, Boston College and Syracuse have inquired about him. But Ademola will take official visits to Buffalo, Hampton, New Hampshire and Towson in January.

Senior Davon McGill was seriously hurt by a knee injury early in the season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver-safety collided with another recruit at summer camp but wasn’t diagnosed with a torn meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament until August. He had surgery in September and schools such as Buffalo, Ohio and Old Dominion pulled their offers to him, Tyler said.

Hampton, Morgan State and Norfolk State have said they would still honor their offers to McGill, Tyler said. Towson was still interested in McGill but could use financial aid to get him in the school.

“A kid that is kind of a mid-major guy and creeping up on the [FBS] level, they’re so concerned about that injury,” Tyler said. But “he's recovering well from it.”

Tyler expects all three to sign letters of intent in February.

“All of the schools that didn’t know about these kids, like Rahman, are getting tapes and getting interested,” Tyler said. “So in late December it’ll start to pick up and in early January. Our three guys will get more looks then.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.



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