Good Counsel vs DeMatha: A Terp's View (I)

Scout.com takes a look at the highly competitive matchup between two of the country's best teams. Once again Good Counsel and DeMatha lived up to its billing. In a game loaded with high profile players we take a look at some of the players with offers from Maryland. In this first of two parts we look at offense.

In another hard fought game between two football powerhouses there were great plays made by great players all night long. Good Counsel took a 21-3 lead into the fourth quarter only to have DeMatha come back and beat Good Counsel 24-21. Like most seasons they will probably have a rematch in the championship game. Several players in the game have Maryland offers and are currently considering the Terps. We take a look at a few on offense, their impact on the game and their current recruiting status for Maryland.

Wesley Brown, RB, Good Counsel (2012) – Brown continues to run hard for the Falcons. He has picked up the slack for the departure of two stellar running backs in Jelani Jenkins and Caleb Porzel. Only a sophomore, Brown had a great game rushing 19 times for 107 yards and an 8 yard touchdown. Brown has good size and excellent speed and open field moves. He already shows good power when needing the tough yards and he can break tackles. He has a very good burst and hits the hole hard. TERP'S VIEW: Brown is as good a running back as any in the state already. He is still inexperienced but he is playing on one of the best teams against good competition. In another year he will have multiple offers from all over the country. Maryland needs to make a statement to the country and keep this future All-State player home.

Stefon Diggs, RB/ATH, Good Counsel (2012) – Diggs had 3 rushes for 15 yards and a reception for 55 yards. Diggs is an explosive athlete. He has good height but still needs to get stronger. He has good speed and will continue to see the field running and receiving. He is athletic and could play wide receiver on the next level as well. He can also return kicks. He can make defenders miss. TERP'S VIEW: Diggs has much potential and he will also have multiple offers when it is all done. The key for Diggs is which position he will play. Wes Brown is the main running back in that class at Good Counsel. Diggs can play running back, wide receiver and return kicks. He has the athletic ability to play defense as well. He has a lot of versatility. Maryland may recruit him as an athlete and decide later in the process or once Diggs in on campus.

Arie Kouandjio, OL, DeMatha (2010) – Kouandjio and the rushing game took a while to get going but once it did it led his team to the win. Running back Marcus Coker came up big in the fourth quarter gaining 132 yards and three touchdowns to seal the victory. Kouandjio is huge and once he is on you it is hard to disengage. He needs to work on leverage and not playing high sometimes, not easy for a lineman his size but necessary on the next level. In this game Good Counsel did a good job of hitting the gaps and playing angles making it difficult for the DeMatha linemen. But Kouandjio wore the smaller defensive line down and overpowered them in the fourth quarter. TERP'S VIEW: Arie and his brother Cyrus (2011) both have Maryland offers and both are interested in the Terps. It would be a huge coup if Maryland landed both of them. Arie is down to a final eight (52 offers) and it is littered with big time programs. Arie wants to get on the field quickly and that bodes well for Maryland. He still needs to develop under college coaching but he has the potential to help anchor a line for a years.

Cyrus Kouandjio, OL, DeMatha (2011) – Kouandjio and his older brother Arie helped open the line for running back Marcus Coker to run for 132 fourth quarter yards and 3 touchdowns in a huge comeback victory. Cyrus actually seems taller and with a bigger frame than his brother Arie (2010). Cyrus has long arms and is more suited for tackle on the next level as well. He has good feet and slides well. He is strong and getting stronger. Needs to get his pad level lower and bring his hips but that will come. TERP'S VIEW: Getting both Kouandjio brothers may be a tall order in more ways than one. But if Maryland can get older brother Arie one would have to believe the potential to get Cyrus to Maryland would get a whole lot better. Cyrus may have more upside than his brother. Maryland needs to stay on Arie and keep the whole process positive so that Cyrus has a good impression of Maryland moving forward. Like his brother, Cyrus will continue to develop and can anchor a line for years.


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