WASHINGTON (WUSA) — After weeks of interviewing local coaches, this is who we’ve come up with as the 12 most important players on offense.
Lake Braddock, Quarterback – Caleb Henderson: The gun-slinger has NFL size, flawless mechanics and can make throws in and out of the pocket. His athleticism and agility will catch opposing defenses off guard. Multiple Big 10 schools have expressed interest.
Hylton, Quarterback – Travon McMillian: Scouts have compared him to former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He scored 29 total touchdowns last season and has a very realistic chance of taking Hylton to a state title as a junior.
Good Counsel, Running Back/Linebacker – Dorian O’Daniel: Pound-for-pound, O’Daniel is arguably the strongest player in the area. The real question: What position will he play at Clemson? On paper, linebacker makes sense, but his unique power running style is hard to find.
Yorktown, Running Back: M.J Stewart – Coaches in Virginia agree he’s the most exciting player in the area. He averaged just under nine yards per carry last season. UVA and Maryland have offered the junior scholarships.
Thomas Johnson, Running Back – Rich Anderson: He’s extremely hard to bring down and versatile. Thomas Johnson will line him up at receiver and tight end. Anderson was a main reason his team traveled to the Maryland state championship last year. He’s committed to be a Terp in the fall of 2013.
Suitland, Wide Receiver – Taivon Jacobs: He’s the most elusive deep threat in the entire region. Fifty-yard touchdowns have become normal. He returns punts and kicks, often to the house. Jacobs signed with Ohio State in July.
DeMatha, Wide Receiver – Cameron Phillips: The wide receiver dominated passing leagues throughout the summer and is quickly rising up recruiting boards. Our prediction: he will be the WCAC’s breakthrough player.
Damascus, Wide Receiver – Zach Bradshaw: The fantastic route runner has long strides and shifty moves for his large frame. Bradshaw will make a big impact at linebacker in coverage and in blitz situations.
Briar Woods, Tight End – Cam Serigne: He excels at gaining yards after the catch and is an overwhelming run blocker. He’s committed to Wake Forest.
Good Counsel, Offensive Lineman – Sam Mustipher: The anchor of one of the best offensive lines in the country delivers devastating blows on both sides of the ball. The Junior has offers everywhere.
Bishop McNamara, Offensive Lineman – Damian Prince: At 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, his quickness off the line at the snap no longer comes as a surprise. Prince’s clear cut athleticism has garnered the junior 16 Division I offers.
Friendship Collegiate, Offensive Lineman – Derwin Grey: Considered by many to be the best player in the District, Grey has all the intangibles to shine for the University of Maryland at the next level – and possibly even on Sundays.