The D.C area is known for the amount of high football talent. Some of the nation’s colleges do a lot of their recruiting in this area. Tomorrow’s Under Armour All-American game will show you how talented the players in the area are as nine D.C and Maryland football players will play in the big high school football event.
LB Aaron Hansford, St. John’s
QB Dwayne Haskins Jr., Bullis (Maryland)
OL Richard Merritt, Carroll (Maryland)
OL Jauan Williams, Carroll
OL Terrance Davis, DeMatha (will announce college decision on January 2)
WR Tino Ellis, DeMatha (Maryland)
DL Terrell Hall, St. John’s (will not play; recovering from knee surgery)
LB Keandre Jones, Good Counsel (Maryland)
DL/LB Shane Simmons, DeMatha (Penn State)
Bullis senior quarterback Dwayne Haskins is the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the country and No. 3 pocket passer according to ESPN. This season, the four-star quarterback threw for 2,217 yards and 22 touchdowns. In a game against Woodberry Forest, Haskins had 442 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 63 rushing yards. He led Bullis to their third straight IAC title and was name First Team All-Met by the Washington Post. Dwayne committed to Maryland in May but other schools are still pushing for him. Ohio State, LSU, and Florida are a few that are trying to flip Haskins decision.
In his final season as a DeMatha Stag, defensive end Shane Simmons went out strong. The Penn State commit recorded 82 tackles, 23 sacks for loss, 16 sacks, and three forced fumbles to lead DeMatha to win their third straight WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) championship. Simmons was name First Team All-Met, First Team All WCAC, Defensive Player of the Year by the Washington Post, and USA Today 2nd Team All-American.
Senior linebacker Keandre Jones is another player on the Under Armour All-American roster that will be going to Maryland next year. Jones recorded 119 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions for touchdowns. He was name First Team All-Met, First Team All-WCAC, and USA Today 2nd Team All-American.
DeMatha wide receiver Tino Ellis has impressed at the Under Armour All-American practices. In an article by 247sports.com, it was said that “the Maryland commit showed he was the best route runner on Team Armour. The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic standout was explosive in and out of his breaks which had him running open frequently.” The Maryland commit was First-Team All-WCAC.
St. John’s 6 foot 5 defensive lineman Terrell Hall will not play in the Under All-American game due to knee surgery. But his senior season showed that he belongs on the roster. The DC Gatorade Player of the Year totaled nine sacks, 21 tackles for lost, and led St. John’s into the WCAC playoffs.
He was name First-Team All-Met, and First-Team All WCAC. Hall once committed to Ohio State but changed his mind in August. He is looking at schools like Arizona State, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M. His teammate Aaron Hansford will also be in tomorrow’s game.
The D.C area has three offensive lineman that are on the Under Armour All-American roster. Jauan Williams and Richard Merritt played for Archbishop Carroll and Terrance Davis played for DeMatha. 6 foot 7 offensive tackle Jauan Williams was name First Team All-Met. He holds offers from schools like Maryland, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, and others. Richard Merritt is a four-star offensive lineman who already committed to the University of Maryland.
Terrance Davis is rated as the best player in Maryland according to 247sports. He was name First-Team All-Met, First Team All-WCAC, and USA Today 2nd Team All-American. He had 35 college offers but he cut his list to three schools. Maryland, Michigan, and Florida will find out where he will commit as Davis makes his decision during the game.
Ryan McFadden is a freshman at Iona College and alumni from DeMatha Catholic High School. He is the founder of Inside The Locker Room and sports writer for the Ionian. Follow him on Twitter @RMcFadden15.
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