I-95 Recap

This past weekend there were four huge high school games that took place at Towson University as part of the I-95 Classic and TSR was there to take in all the Terp recruits that participated.

Final Score: Mount St. Joe 28- Bishop McNamara 6

S-WR/ Nicholas Law/ Sr./ 6-3, 195

Law is a tall, lean safety with speed and strength to match. Law displayed his superior athletic skills against Mt. St. Joseph. He played about 80 percent of all the snaps (including special teams). Although his team, Bishop McNamara, played poorly, he showed his versatility. He played at linebacker, safety, and corner. He also played zone, man, and was involved in quite a few blitzes resulting in QB knockdowns. Law exhibited an innate ability to take good routes to ball carriers. He also jumped over a lineman for Mt. St. Joseph to block an extra point, demonstrating his pure athleticism. On the offensive side of the ball, he often got separation from his corner, but bad offensive line play throughout the game did not give his QB the chance to look his way. Law had to adjust to a poorly thrown screen pass, which showed he has solid to above average hands. Law did show signs of cramping throughout the second half, but he remained on the field to finish out the team’s 29-6 loss.

Final Score: Archbishop Spalding 20 Calvert Hall 26 OT

ATH/ J.D. Izon/ Spalding/Sr./ 5-9, 175

Izon was predominately used in the outside running game. He also helped to lead block for fellow running back K.K. Smith. He showed a quick burst getting to the outside and shiftiness in the backfield to make tacklers miss. Izon scored a 10-yard rushing touchdown in overtime on a sweep play. Unfortunately, he did fumble a toss on his own 22-yard line, which led to a Calvert Hall touchdown.

LB/ Zachary Waller/ Spalding/Sr./ 6-1, 190

Waller was a turnover-forcing machine against Calvert Hall. He forced two fumbles, both recovered by his team, on two hard hits. He was mainly in coverage throughout the game, even playing coroner often, where he showed solid coverage skills. He needs to put on a little more muscle weight to succeed at the collegiate level, especially at linebacker, but he did showcase sideline-to-sideline speed that is essential for linebackers to have when chasing after speedy running backs. Waller also showed his knack for being around the football, recording numerous tackles and consistently pursuing the ball carrier. Waller did get into an altercation with an opposing player on a special teams play, which resulted in the opponent hitting him in the facemask, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Waller kept his cool in that situation.

Final Score: DeMatha 45 Loyola 31

OL/ Cyrus Kouandijo/ DeMatha/Sr./ 6-7, 290

Simply put, he’s a beast. He had the strength to push defensive ends back 10-yards while still having the agility and quickness to block fast defensive ends trying to turn the corner. He was also strong at blocking downfield and opening lanes for long runs. Along with the rest of his offensive line, the running game netted 200-plus rushing yards for the day. Dematha had him playing RT instead of protecting the QB’s blindside at LT. Nothing negative to say after this 5-star prospects brilliant game at tackle.

DT/ Darian Cooper/DeMatha/ Sr./ 6-3, 281

He was commonly split out at DE rather than the position Maryland is recruiting him for, which is DT. He was constantly putting pressure on the QB and forcing him to roll out of the pocket. He recorded a sack, but this one sack does not show the amount of pressure he put on Loyola’s QB. He has a strong, physical frame that will easily translate to the next level.

LB/ Elbie Williams/ DeMatha/Sr./ 6-1, 223

He lined up at OLB the majority of the game. He faired better against the run than the pass. He was strong at hitting the running gaps and causing penetration in the running game. He made at least one tackle for a loss. He has a strong, athletic build.

RB-LB/ Delonte Morton/DeMatha/ Sr./ 6-3, 251

Terp Commit

Morton was by far the most impressive player at the I-95 Showcase. By just seeing him in his shoulder pads, any fan or media personnel could tell that he was a strongly built kid. He has an incredibly strong lower body with. This Maryland commit may have been recruited at LB, but it was his expertise with the football in his hands that was impressive. Morton carried the ball for 150-plus yards and two touchdowns. On these two touchdown runs, he carried DBs and LBs alike on his back on his way to the end zone. For a majority of the runs, he would follow Cyrus through the hole, but the two TD runs were all on the back of Mr. Morton. He was bruising and punishing with the ball in his hand. He did not display his talents on the defensive side of the ball, but his play in the ground game was enough to impress every onlooker.

DT/ Kendall Patterson/ DeMatha/Sr./ 6-3, 272

Patterson was lined up at the NT position for all of the game. On nearly every play, he was double teamed by the center and one of the guards. He did show strength as he occasionally broke through the double teams and forced the QB out of the pocket. He walked off at the end of a 4th quarter with an apparent leg injury.

TE-DE/ Brent Wilkerson/ DeMatha/Jr./ 6-4, 250

He was the most productive defensive lineman in the Dematha against Loyola game. He had two sacks, but did get a little over-excited in the second half, jumping offside. He was quick off the ball and around the tackle. On the offensive side of the ball, he was mainly used as a run-blocking TE. He was often lined up next to the RT. He was strong at sealing off the DE or LB and allowing the RB get to the outside.

LB/ Sam Lebbie/ DeMatha/Jr./ 6-2, 230

Lebbie lined up at MLB this game. He did a great job patrolling the middle of the field and deflected a few pass attempts over the middle. He was in coverage a majority of the time. Lebbie was especially good reading the QBs eyes and getting into passing lanes. Solid physical abilities (height, weight, body, speed) to succeed at the next level.

LB/ E.J. Levenberry/ DeMatha/Soph./ 6-3, 220

Levenberry was everywhere on the field. He played OLB where he recorded at least five tackles and one sack. He is fast, strong, and has the perfect build for a LB. He is a sure tackler who does not let ball carriers out of his grasp. He has the potential to grow into the number one LB or even number one overall prospect by his senior season.

OG-DT/ Ryan Watson/DeMatha/ Jr./ 6-4, 270

He has a strong trunk and frame. He was injured only a few plays into the first quarter (a leg injury) and did not return to the game. Certainly has the size to play D-1 football at the college level.

S/Ta’Von Bailey/DeMatha /SR/ 6’0 181

With Loyola throwing as much as they possibly could against the DeMatha defense, Ta’Von nearly shut down anyone he covered. He spent most of his time covering the wide receiver in the slot, and occasionally at safety. Bailey demonstrated great defensive awareness with two near interceptions.

Final Score: Gilman 28 Good Counsel 7

ATH/Darius Jennings/Gilman School/Sr./6’0 185

The Darius Jennings show rolled into Johnny Unitas Stadium and did not disappoint. Jennings scored both on the ground and in the air. He rushed for 142 yards with a touchdown. He also added another touchdown by throwing a 28-yard touchdown to his teammate Cyrus Jones. In this game, Jennings showed tremendous speed and running ability. His passing was a little inconsistent at times, but overall he had an outstanding game.

ATH/Cyrus Jones/Gilman School/JR/5’11 183

Undecided Offers: Iowa Maryland Pittsburgh Rutgers Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

Along with Jennings, Jones put on a show. He demonstrated his speed by busting through holes created by his offensive line. His big play ability showed everyone at the game that he is an elite athlete and player. The Jones and Jennings duo was able to keep the Good Counsel defense on their heels and propel Gilman to a huge victory.

RB/Kenneth Goins/Gilman School/JR/ 6’1 210

Goins added another weapon to the already high-powered Gilman offense. He is a big strong kid with great running ability. The junior running back had a huge 24-yard touchdown run to put Gilman back on top after Good Counsel tied the game.

LB/Devon Porchia/Gilman School/JR/6’2 195

Devon made a huge play in this game. Gilman had just turned the ball over, however Porchia picked up his teammates by intercepting Zach Dancel’s pass and returning it 30-yards for a touchdown.

OT-DT/ Mike Madaras/Good Counsel/ Jr./ 6-6, 270

This prospect started the game just at LT until teammate Ryan Watson (DT) got injured in the 1st quarter. At times, he seemed lost on the defensive line. Has the size to succeed at the next level. He needs to get a little quicker and agile to pass block, but was strong when it came to the running game.

CB/Blake Countess/Good Counsel/SR/5’11 180

Undecided. Offers: Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Maryland, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia.

Countess played on both sides of the ball for Good Counsel. He performed well on both sides of the ball. He was recently selected to the U.S. Army All-American and that talent was on display yesterday. He did leave the game for a brief moment with an injury, but he returned soon after.

WR/Stefon Diggs/Good Counsel/JR/6’1 185

Undecided. Offer: Maryland, Miami, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech

Stefon is a big strong wide receiver that has good hands and speed. Diggs also played on defense with Countess. This junior prospect had a great day despite the loss.

QB/Zach Dancel/Good Counsel/SR/6’0 190

  • * Undecided

The left-handed quarterback showed off his scrambling skills as the Gilman defense put of plenty of pressure on him. He was able to connect to his tight end Vincent Croce for a touchdown. He did however throw an interception that was taken back for a touchdown. It also appeared that he would lock on to a particular receiver from time to time, which allowed the Gilman defense to pick up where he was going with the ball.

RB/Dorian O’Daniel/Good Counsel/SO/6’1 185

The sophomore running back took over the load in the run game as Junior Wes Brown was out with a leg injury. Another big strong running back that played like an upper classman. He ran hard the entire game and g

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