Before his senior season, Wise defensive end Myles Humphrey set a goal of recording 20 sacks. As the Pumas get set for Friday’s Maryland 4A final against No. 6 Quince Orchard, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Humphrey already has 23 quarterback takedowns, setting a record for most in a season for the seventh-year program.
“We have strategy,” said Humphrey, who also ranks second on the team with 106 tackles. “I don’t know if I can tell you what the strategy is, but we work together. When we’re working hard, the sacks just come.”
Despite emerging as an important part of an experienced defense that features five players committed or holding scholarship offers to Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision schools, Humphrey is still waiting for his first offer. Richmond, Stony Brook, Monmouth, Towson and Delaware are among the schools that have expressed the most interest.
As a late bloomer in a talent-rich program, Humphrey has gotten lost in the recruiting shuffle, according to Coach DaLawn Parrish. The defensive end began his junior season at 180 pounds and has worked hard to pack on muscle since earning part-time starting duties last fall.
“He’s been caught up in the numbers game a little bit, but I’m certain someone will pull the trigger,” Parrish said. “They’ll take a look at some of the other guys out there and witness his dominance, and I’m sure he’ll be playing somewhere next year.”
For third-ranked Wise, lineman Jai Franklin and linebacker Frank Porter, both seniors, are both committed to Old Dominion. In linebacker D’Angelo Niler and lineman Antonio Harris, the Pumas have a pair of seniors weighing multiple Division I offers, while junior safety Marcus Allen is the team’s most heralded Class of 2014 recruit with offers from Maryland and Pittsburgh, among others.
Humphrey likely projects as an outside linebacker at the next level and has shown a knack for chasing down the ball this season, but given Wise’s depth at linebacker, he has rarely moved off the line for the Pumas.
Backed up by a growing highlight tape and qualifying grades, Humphrey said he has planned a visit to Richmond and will look into checking out other schools after the season ends.
“Things are coming,” Humphrey said. “I’m just going to keep playing my game and trust something will come.”