DeMatha Loaded with Rising Talent

Considering that Maryland's football program has established an excellent relationship with DeMatha High school, which has been a wellspring for Division I talent, it's not often that DeMatha coach Bill McGregor can say none of his rising seniors are receiving significant interest from the University of Maryland football program.

That, however, seems to be the case this year. The same most certainly will not be said of the Hyattsville powerhouse’s Class of 2008.

McGregor has a crop of players in his rising junior class that rivals the most talented groups he’s had. By now, everyone who follows recruiting knows about 6-3, 210-pound dynamo Kenny Tate, who could possibly become the top 2008 recruit in the country. His recruitment undoubtedly will be dissected nationally.

But he’s simply the headliner of a class chock full of likely high-Division I prospects.

Tate was among five sophomores who were in DeMatha’s starting lineup last season, which culminated in yet another championship – McGregor’s 15th -- in the ultra-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference:

Joe Collurra, Tight End – With Collurra’s size (6-4, 260 pounds), you might assume he’s a blocking end. That’s not the case. “He did a great job catching the ball this summer,” McGregor said.

Rodney McCloud, Cornerback – A track runner with outstanding speed and athleticism. He has good size already (6-0, 180) and runs the 40 in the 4.4-second range.

Nick Rivers, Defensive lineman – Rivers has excellent athleticism for his size. At 6-2, 240, he was one of the baseball team’s best pitchers and had a batting average in the .500 range.

Jonathan Mason, Safety – Mason is 6-2 and 195 pounds, has a 4.0 GPA, and “Can go sideline to sideline,” according to McGregor. Not a bad combination.

We’ll have more on Tate and his classmates as DeMatha begins practice in two weeks.

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