The class of 2014 put pen to paper Wednesday in front of family, classmates and even television cameras, in the case of Bishop McNamara OL Damian Prince, who decided to stay close to home and sign to Maryland. And we took a look at an extremely talented and deep 2015 class of players that will create another frenzy on next year’s National Signing Day, Feb. 5, 2014.
But we can’t forget those in the Class of 2016, who are being pursued with just two years of prep football on their resumes. Below we take a look at several of the talented sophomores in the D.C. area.
The simple fact that Williams can still add weight to his already solid frame is very scary. He was vouted for being light on his feet and keeping pass rushers at bay at the Army All-American Combine in January and earned first-team all-offense honors, and he has 11 offers from the likes of Clemson, Illinois, Penn State, UCLA and Ohio State.
Campbell looks to be the next standout defensive lineman prospect from Woodbridge as Da’Shawn Hand moves on to Alabama next fall. He’s spending his winter on Freedom’s basketball team but it’s his football skills that have earned him offers from North Carolina, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
The younger brother of Maryland wideout Stefon Diggs had a season that most senior wideouts aspire for with 78 catches for 1,103 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s very dangerous in open field tackling situations and has the ability to go up and catch balls over the secondary. Diggs has offers from Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia.
Birmingham’s is a great safety valve for an offense with his height than he hauled in ten catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a loaded Falcons receiving corps. He will have a larger role on the offense next season but he is also a strong tackler from the defensive end position. Birmingham has four offers from North Carolina, Old Dominion, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Merritt is surely to be next in line to follow a great group of lineman — DL Eddie Goldman (Florida State) and OL Derwin Gray (Maryland — out of the District charter school to play football on the FBS level. He has three offers from Maryland, Michigan State and North Carolina.
Davis is being developed a Stags program that has consistently produced Division 1 standouts, and Dematha’s most recent class had 20 kids signing to go on the college. Maryland was the first to offer Davis but Illinois has offered now as well while schools like Florida State, Penn State and Georgia are showing him interest.
WR Brennon Dingle, Spalding, 5-9, 160
Dingle is a name that is likely new to you as he spent his freshman season at St. Frances Academy (Baltimore), and was forced to sit out this past season after transferring to Spalding. To write him off because of his height would be a huge mistake, he posted a 39-inch vertical jump and ran a hand-timed 4.43 40-yard dash at the Army All-American Combine to earn first-team all-offense honors.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 4
The number of area recruits that signed to play their football at SEC schools, Potomac (Md.) DL Jerome Dews (Tennessee), H.D. Woodson DB D’Andre Payne (Tennessee), Woodbridge DL Da’Shawn Hand (Alabama) and Friendship Collegiate DB Jalen Tabor (Florida). Of the top 300 senior recruits rated by ESPN 121 committed to play in the SEC.
-Yesterday was the biggest high school football recruiting day of the year, but meet eighth-grader DeJuan Ellis, who won’t decide on his school until March 1 and represents the next level of football recruiting.
-National Signing Day offers area recruits a chance to celebrate their college choices after a long and grueling recruiting process.
-Bishop McNamara OL Damian Prince announces decision to stay at home and commits to Maryland.
-Woodbridge DL Da’Shawn Hand misplaced his National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning but Alabama could exhale after receiving his fax.
-Early enrollee Jalen Tabor returns to Friendship Collegiate as 18 players sign National Letter of Intents.
-Friday’s hockey game at Dematha against Mount St. Joseph is expected to raise over $18,000 for Wounded Warrior project and the USA Warrior Hockey Program team.
-The St. Alban’s wrestling tournament held this weekend has just over six decades of history, and Mount Vernon’s Bill Adusei moves up a weight class and is still successful.
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