DeMatha Loaded Again

DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland boasts an impressive number of football players who sign with Division I or I-AA programs every year. Has Penn State been in touch with Coach McGregor?

DeMatha did not lose a game last season.  The Stags finished the season 11-0, capturing the WCAC Championship.

The fact that head coach, Bill McGregor believes that he will have a good team coming back this season is no surprise.  Each year, DeMatha has about a dozen or so legitimate college prospects on their roster.

"I've had 162 sign the last 12 years, Division I or I-AA," McGregor said.  "We had 14 this year.  We try to get 10 or more at least per year.  I've had 10 or more the last 12 years in a row."

One of the top players at DeMatha this year will be Omar Hashish (6-3, 238, DE).

"He just transferred in from Madison High School in Madison, Virginia.  I think he'll be like an ACC, Big East type of kid.  I haven't even talked to him about recruiting.  He does not yet have any scholarship offers.

"He's pretty good and I got a quarterback that's pretty good, Ryan Mitch.  Mitch will get one (football scholarship), Omar will get one, Josh Wilson (WR,DB) and Cory Sobel (RB,LB).

"The four of them are pretty good.  They will have offers before it's all said and done.  We'll probably end up with 10 or more again.  We have a pretty good junior class coming back."

McGregor does not believe that Hashish has attended any junior days.

"I don't think so.  Our kids get so much exposure, they really don't have to."

It's also unlikely that the DeMatha players will attend the Nike Camp at Penn State on Sunday.

"We just work our kids out here for the college recruiters.  We do it on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so a ton of people will come through."

Is Penn State showing interest in any of the DeMatha players?

"I'm sure they will be, I haven't really talked to them at all.  Larry Johnson usually comes down for Penn State.  I just haven't seen him yet."

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