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A look ahead at Ricky Slade, Anthony Lytton Jr. and the top Class of 2018 recruits

Hylton running back Ricky Slade started piling up offers during his freshman year, and they’re still arriving. (Mark Gail / For The Washington Post)

National Signing Day 2017 might be in the books, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next year. The 2018 recruiting class projects to be another strong group for the D.C. area, with public and private school players already landing offers from powerhouse programs. A lot can change in the next 12 months, but here are some of the players that could be finalizing their college decisions on Feb. 7, 2018.

RB Ricky Slade, Hylton, 5-10, 182
Rivals’ 56th ranked player in the 2018 class, Slade is coming off another impressive season in which he rushed for 1,792 yards (10 per carry) and 20 touchdowns despite battling a knee injury early in the season. Slade has been an impact player since his freshman year — he ran for eight touchdowns in a game that season — and has more than 20 offers from Division I schools, including Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan State and Miami.

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DB Anthony Lytton, Jr., Wise, 5-11, 170

The two-way standout helped lead Wise to another dominant Maryland 4A state title run and could be a major asset in the secondary for whatever team signs him next February. A five-star prospect ranked 66th in his class by Rivals, Lytton entered the recruiting scene after his sophomore season and now has double-digit offers from major programs, including Florida State, Maryland, Clemson and Penn State.

DT Austin Fontaine, DeMatha, 6-2, 312
Maryland, Clemson and Georgia are among the major Football Bowl Subdivision schools to hand this Stags’ lineman an offer. Fontaine, an All-Met honorable mention on the offensive line, helped DeMatha win a fourth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title and ranks 127th on Rivals.

OL Jaelyn Duncan, Northern, 6-6, 301
The imposing four-star offensive tackle has offers from Ohio State and Maryland, among others, and more could be on the way heading into his senior season as longtime Patuxent Coach Steve Crounse takes over the Patriots.

WR Daniel George, Oxon Hill, 6-1, 197
The all-around athlete became a force during the Clippers’ best season in 20 years, finishing with 45 catches for 873 yards and 15 touchdowns. The All-Met wide receiver has offers from Boston College, Maryland, Penn State and North Carolina State, among others. That list is likely to grow considerably, too.

DB Noah Boykin, H.D. Woodson 6-2, 162
Part of a stacked Warriors’ junior class, Boykin possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism to excel at the next level. Michigan State, Maryland, Syracuse and Pittsburgh are on the rapidly growing lost of schools to hand the defensive back an offer. Juniors Edward HendrixVincent Flythe and Mychale Salahuddin are also getting offers from Division I programs.

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OL Rasheed Walker, North Point, 6-5, 265
The offers started coming in last spring, and they haven’t stopped. Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland are among the schools interested in this second-team All-Met.

DL/OL Spencer Anderson, McNamara, 6-5, 270

Kentucky and Pittsburgh offered scholarships to the Mustangs’ behemoth, and don’t be surprised if they’re followed by more Division I programs this spring and in his senior year.

WR Dillon Spalding, South County, 6-1, 215
The All-Met caught 67 passes for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns and, with the help of several jaw-dropping touchdown receptions, continued his emergence as a top threat on one of the area’s best offenses With a 4.6 40-yard dash, Spalding has garnered offers from North Carolina State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

OL Jordan Funk, Damascus, 6-3, 230
The little brother of Maryland running back Jake Funk has been doing big things the past couple seasons. The athletic lineman has offers from Army and Navy, and interest could begin to heat up after he helped the Swarmin’ Hornets win a second consecutive Maryland 3A state title. Funk plays on the line alongside Michael Jurgens, a second team All-Met, who is also generating college interest.

QB Kevin Doyle, St. John’s, 6-4, 200
The Malvern Prep transfer joins St. John’s with a handful of Division I offers, including Boston College, Kentucky, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Temple, Syracuse and Ole Miss, Nebraska. Doyle is a pro style quarterback and is slotted at No. 228 in ESPN’s 2018 recruiting rankings.

QB Doc Bonner, Quince Orchard, 5-11, 189
Towson was the first school to bite, and more schools could follow for the dual-threat quarterback who helped lead the Cougars to the Maryland 4A state final.

DE Tyler Baylor, Good Counsel, 6-6, 220
The grandson of NBA legend Elgin Baylor entered the Olney school as a basketball player but quickly emerged as a Division I football prospect. Baylor has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Rutgers, and major programs such as Notre Dame and Ohio State, Florida, Tennessee and UCLA are showing interest.

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DT Evan Gregory, DeMatha, 6-4, 286
Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia and Penn State are among the roughly 10 schools offering scholarships to Gregory, who helped the Stags win a fourth consecutive WCAC title in November.

DL Cam Goode, St. John’s, 6-0, 315
Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Rutgers and Wake Forest have offered scholarships to the Cadets’ defensive tackle.

CB Daymon Williams, Riverdale Baptist, 5-11, 175
Received an offer from Marshall last year and the speedy cornerback — who ran a 4.5 40-yard dash — could generate more interest this spring.

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