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.