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

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 second of two parts we look at defense.

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 defense, their impact on the game and current recruiting status for Maryland.

Blake Countess, DB, Good Counsel (2011) – Countess had 5 tackles. He is a very gifted athlete that plays well in press coverage. He is aggressive and always coming forward. He still needs to add strength but throws his body into plays. He can turn and run with the receiver. Has good hips and is fluid with his turns. He has good size for a cornerback. May grow into a safety. TERP'S VIEW: Countess is a very good defensive back that already has another offer (Wisconsin). There is always a premium on good corners and Countess is one. Several of the top defensive backs have left the state over the past few years. Maryland needs to change that trend and keeping Countess in state would help.

Vincent Croce, DT/TE, Good Counsel (2011) – Croce had 3.5 tackles including a tackle for loss. Croce is a very talented lineman with a huge upside. He has a big frame he is still growing into. He is a sturdy kid with good technique for a young defensive lineman. He also plays tight end and had a reception in the game but schools see him on defense on the next level. He has good quickness and pursues well. Like any high school lineman he needs to continue to get stronger but he is great prospect. TERP'S VIEW: Croce has been receiving offers from schools for some time now. He has the potential to be a force in college for multiple years. Defensive lineman can be the most difficult position to recruit and having a big time player in their own backyard Maryland needs to make Croce a top priority.

Lorenzo Waters, DB, DeMatha (2010) – Waters had 8 tackles and a pass broken up. Waters made some big plays and always makes his presence felt. He helped keep the game from getting too much to overcome. Waters and the defense picked things up in the second half allowing the offense to get things going in the huge comeback win against their rivals. Waters is a very good athlete that comes up and hits like a truck. He has very good speed to play free safety and can line up over the slot. I can also see him bulking up to strong safety because of his ability in run support. TERP'S VIEW: Waters has been recruited hard by Maryland. He is interested but always seems to mention other schools including Wake Forest which is a slight leader right now. To their credit Maryland's effort has kept them in the mix as the process winds down. Water's mother and aunt attended Maryland and he knows the campus and coaches very well. He admits Maryland has made the most effort in recruiting him. Although it may not be enough Maryland seemingly has done a good job with Waters. Some recruits are not meant to be. It would be a pleasant surprise if the Terps were to gain his commitment at this point. Waters could play special teams right away and would see significant time on the field after a year or two of getting stronger and developing with the college game.

Louis Young, DB/WR, Good Counsel (2010) – Young had 4 tackles, 3 passes broken up and 6 receptions for 66 yards, including a 32 yarder. Young looked very fast and isn't shy when it comes to hitting. He is a great playmaker that will play defense on the next level. He helped keep the DeMatha passing attack in check all night. He is strong and is college ready. Young is one of the best players in the state. TERP'S VIEW: Young is a difference maker and a must get for Maryland, plain and simple. He is a soft commit to Stanford but is taking other visits after the season and is likely to commit elsewhere. He has Maryland on his final list. Maryland needs to stay in the mix until the end and secure his committment. He would be an immediate special team's starter, provide defensive back depth as a freshman and is a potential three year starter.


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