WASHINGTON (WUSA) — By Malcolm Johnson, Special to dc.highschoolsports.net
When it comes to landing local football players, the last 10-or-so years have been rough times for the University of Maryland. Well, at least outside of the Stefon Diggs.
The D.C., Maryland, Virginia area has become one of the nation’s hottest spots for football talent, yet many recruits have spurned the area’s most prominent football program when it came time for a college announcement.
Maybe things are finally tilting the Terrapins way. This past weekend, three players from Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington D.C. looked to start a trend by verbally committing to join forces with second-year head coach Randy Edsall at Byrd Stadium.
Offensive lineman Derwin Gray — checking in at 6-foot-4. 291 lbs. — outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, and inside linebacker Cavon Walker will each be filing their paperwork come national signing day in February.
Head coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim knows staying in the area was one of the key reasons his players chose to continue their football careers on route-1 in College Park.
“They all felt it was the best fit for them educationally and athletically. They wanted to stay home with family, they like the location, and these boys love the D.C. area,” said Abdul-Rahim over the phone.
“It was important for each of them to represent the D.C. area and the best way to do that was to play somewhere close that had a good reputation.”
Though Friendship Collegiate lost 17 seniors who will all continue their football careers at the next level, many anticipate the program will be competing in the first annual D.C. State Title, come early December.
(Friendship’s signing day ceremony in February of 2012. Photo via U.S. Presswire)
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