BALTIMORE, Md. -- There's little doubt St. Frances Academy is one of Baltimore's rising prep football powers.
And one look at the sideline, and there's plenty of familiar faces in the Under Armour sponsored program, from former Terp Messay Hailemeriam, SFA's head coach, to assistant LaMont Jordan, the former Terps all-time great running back, to former Baltimore Dunbar High School/Florida State two-sport star Tommy Polley.
And they have got some good young talent developing on Chase Street, notably junior corner Kareem Felder, who Terrapin Times got to scout on Sept. 26 at Gilman.
Despite a lopsided loss after a close first half, Felder, who was sporting Maryland "Pride" socks in the contest, got to ball-out some and show his diverse skills, jumping out on offense, defense and special teams.
On defense, the sticky, aggressive cover-man snared a deep ball interception off FSU-bound Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley in the first half, while on special teams he had a few long kick returns of 25-yards plus, while on offense, filling an emergency hole that afternoon, he caught two passes.
Felder, who had just added a Rutgers offer that week, was most proud of the pick, which helped keep the game close in the first half as a Gilman drive was thwarted in SFA territory after he went up for and came down with the 50-50 ball.
"You know, we practice every day catching the ball at the highest point, and I just went back to practice and it was like second-nature," Felder said.
It was his third takeaway of the season so far for SFA. He also added about seven tackles and a breakup against the Greyhounds.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound speedster, who reportedly once clocked a sub-4.4 40-yard dash, has already garnered offers from Rutgers, Iowa, Toledo, New Mexico, Cincinnati and Delaware.
He caught the Terps' spring game this year, and has been told by his coaches that Maryland is monitoring him now.
"My coaches have told me it may be a good fit for me," Felder said. "I have followed Maryland, they are a building program, and they are eventually do well in the Big Ten I believe."
Also in touch are Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Louisville. He hopes to take in Maryland and West Virginia games unofficially this fall, as his SFA schedule permits.
Felder is a big hitter despite his slender frame, while he enjoys jamming receivers at the line in the physical game
"I just do what my coaches tell me to do, play good technique, but my favorite is just being aggressive in coverage, and also run-stop. And I got pretty good speed so I get after it in coverage."
He also had a strip of Locksley early in the game near the goal line on a designed run, but the ball was recovered by Gilman in the end zone for a score. On the season Felder also has 23 tackles, four forced fumbles and a large handful of PBUs.
Like a true Baltimorean, his favorite college corners coming up, that he follows and patterns his game after, are Kendall Fuller and Adrian Amos, while in the NFL Kyle Fuller, Charm City natives all.
"I am hearing more about Maryland now, so I will be giving them a look to see what they are all about," Felder said.
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