For the South team, the highlight of Saturday’s Chesapeake Bowl All-Star Game was a drive carried mostly by Deion Stitt and Taquan Mizzell of Bayside High School. Unfortunately for the squad made up of players from Virginia, West Virginia, D.C., and Maryland, that bright spot came at the beginning at the game.
The third annual Chesapeake Bowl kicks off this afternoon at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Prince George’s County Maryland. Nine 757 players are on board, and several have been making a lot of noise in this week’s practices leading up to the game.
While this is the time of year for seniors to begin wrapping up their recruitment, Phoebus High School has a sophomore lineman that’s shining brightly. His freshman season put him on the radar and a successful sophomore campaign is only going to add to the notice that he gains this spring. Harry Lewis is an All-Region lineman already. He’s picked up a few offers and there’s sure to be more to come.
Once you get down to picking the best of the Sophomore and Freshman classes, some of the selections are very obvious. Then the other selections are often picked from young players that got an early opportunity. There are few Jaason Lewis, Deshawn McClease and Nhyre Quinerly-type players out there. There are far more teams that are rebuilding and relying on young players to do it.
Phoebus football had a good year. They didn’t get their fifth straight state championship win, but they had a 12-1 season that only ended when the Phantoms fell in the Division 5 Eastern Region Title Game. New head coach Jeremy Blunt led the team to an undefeated regular season, and now he’s leading the recruiting effort for the remainder of his seniors that haven’t committed for college yet.
There are some excellent athletes in the 2014 class, and the cream certainly rises to the top. Quin Blanding and Jalyn Holmes are obvious picks for players of the year. In fact, the two players could be interchangeable when it comes to winning offensive or defensive awards.
Ocean Lakes’ title run fell just a bit short this year, but there’s every reason to think they’ll be back in 2013. Sure, they’ll have to out duel some strong Division 6 teams, including Oscar Smith once again, but the Dolphins look loaded, and their underclassmen are getting plenty of recruiting attention.
Deep Creek big man Ben Lounsbury has had a productive high school career for a Hornet team that’s been on hard times as of late. The Hornets won only one game this year, but that doesn’t mean there’s not talent at the school. College coaches are making their way by the school and Ben has a line on some college options.
In an effort to recognize the vast talent in the region, each year we pull together our list of the best players from all over the area, regardless of their level of play.
Old Dominion Head Coach Bobby Wilder recapped the 2012 season for the media today, and unveiled a class of nine commitments that will enroll at the school for the 2013 spring semester. The class of nine was mostly JUCO athletes, but also included Oscar Smith defensive end Kanyia Anderson, who graduates from high school at mid-term of his senior year.