St. Frances defensive end headlines state's top football recruits
A year ago, St. Frances Academy football was in transition. Now, the east Baltimore school is becoming a destination for college recruiters.
Led by Eyabi Anoma, the Panthers have four players on Rivals.com's Maryland Top 35 senior rankings. Twelve locals overall are among the national recruiting site's state list.
Defensive tackles P.J. Mustipher from McDonogh School and Gilman School's Thomas Booker are 4th and 6th, respectively. Jaelyn Duncan, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive line who transferred from Calvert County's Northern to St. Frances, is 10th. Duncan verbally committed to the University of Maryland last month.
Milford Mill Academy's Ugo Obasi, arguably the area's top public player and the state's best wide receiver, is 19th. Obasi committed to Virginia last month.
Calvert Hall College linebacker Chase Campbell, who committed to the Terps last month, is 20th, followed by Alvontay Foster (St. Frances) and McDonogh quarterback DeJuan Ellis. Ellis, who helped the Eagles finished No. 3 in the final VSN Top 20 in his first season (transferred from northern Virginia's Bishop O'Connell), pledged to Virginia Tech nearly a year ago.
St. Frances wideouts Randy Fields and Najee Henry are 26th and No. 28, respectively. Henry, who's recovered from spinal injury last fall, has scholarship offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
Boys' Latin School defensive back Rashawn Evans (No. 31) rounds out the area contingent. Calvert Hall offensive linemen Reginald Sutton (19th) is among ESPN's Maryland Top 20 with Duncan (No. 3), Mustipher (No. 6), Booker (No. 7), Ellis (No. 9), Campbell (20th) and Anoma, who's No. 1. After helping the Panthers go from the bottom of the MIAA A Conference standings to the title and the area's consensus top ranking, Anoma, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end has morphed into a national recruit.
Anoma, who played football for the first time last fall after transferring from Randallstown, posted 24 quarterback sacks. After a strong showing on the spring camp circuit, Anoma (No. 2 in Maryland by Rivals) is 4th overall nationally by ESPN and 92nd by Rivals.
Anoma, who hold offers from a host of schools including Alabama, defending national champ Clemson, Maryland, Ohio State and Southern California, is one of two area players on 247Sports and Scout's Top 200. 247Sports rates Anoma 54th and Mustipher 99th, while Scout has Anoma and Booker at 118th and 135th, respectively.
RIVALS.COM'S TOP 35 SENIORS IN MARYLAND
1. AJ Lytton, Henry A. Wise, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, defensive back (committed to Florida State)
2. Eyabi Anoma, St. Frances Academy, 6-5, 225, defensive end
3. Rasheed Walker, North Point, 6-6, 300 offensive line
4. PJ Mustipher, McDonogh School, 6-4, 295, defensive tackle
5. Austin Fontaine, DeMatha Catholic, 6-3, 280, defensive tackle (Maryland)
6. Thomas Booker, Gilman School, 6-4, 280, defensive tackle
7, Daniel George, Oxon Hill, 6-2, 205, wide receiver (Penn State)
8. Evan Gregory, DeMatha Catholic, 6-4, 290, offensive line (Maryland)
9. Tyler Baylor, Good Counsel, 6-5, 220, defensive end
10. Jaelyn Duncan, St. Frances Academy, 6-6, 305, offensive line (Maryland)
11. Ja'Mion Franklin, North Caroline, 6-3, 305, defensive end (Notre Dame)
12. John Morgan, DeMatha Catholic, 6-3, 235, defensive end (Pittsburgh)
13. Durrell Nchami, Paint Branch, 6-3, 205, defensive end (Maryland)
14. Justin Tallandier, DeMatha Catholic, 6-2, 180, defensive back (Pittsburgh)
15. Raymond Boone, Eleanor Roosevelt, 6-1, 195, defensive back (Maryland)
16. Jermaine Waller, Avalon School, 6-2, 180, defensive back
17. Tremayn Scott, Good Counsel, 5-11, 175, defensive back
18. Noah Taylor, Avalon School, 6-4, 180, linebacker (Virginia)
19. Ugo Obasi, Milford Mill Academy, 6-1. 175, wide receiver (Virginia)
20. Chance Campbell, Calvert Hall College, 6-2, 225, linebacker (Maryland)
21. Alvontray Foster, St. Frances Academy, 6-4, 205, athlete
22. DeJuan Ellis, McDonogh School, 5-11, 160, quarterback (Virginia Tech)
23. Demetri Morsell, Henry A. Wise, 5-11, 170, defensive back
24. Spencer Anderson, Bishop McNamara, 6-5, 270, defensive tackle (Maryland)
25. Eric Hegamin, Bullis School, 6-2, 260, defensive tackle
26. Randy Fields, St. Frances Academy, 6-5, 220, wide receiver
27. David Bailey, North Caroline, 6-1, 235, running back (Boston College)
28. Tyree Henry, St. Frances Academy, 6-5, 220, wide receiver
29. Chelen Garnes, North Point, 5-11, 180, defensive back (Navy)
30. Michael Jurgens, Damascus, 6-4, 275, offensive line (Wake Forest)
31. Rashawn Evans, Boys' Latin School, 5-9, 170, defensive back
32. Mike Jeter, Riverdale Baptist School, 6-0, 170, defensive back
33. Naim Muhammad, DeMatha Catholic, 5-11, 185, defensive back
34. Daymon Williams, Riverdale Baptist, 5-11, 170, defensive back
35. Micah McNeil, Good Counsel, 5-9, 160, defensive back
ESPN TOP 20 SENIORS IN MARYLAND
1. Eyabi Anoma, St. Frances Academy
2. AJ Lytton, Henry A. Wise
3. Jaelyn Duncan, St. Frances Academy
4. Austin Fontaine, DeMatha Catholic
5. Rasheed Walker, North Point
6. PJ Mustipher, McDonogh School
7. Thomas Booker, Gilman School
8. Daniel George, Oxon Hill
9. DeJuan Ellis, McDonogh School
10. Evan Gregory, DeMatha Catholic
11. John Morgan, DeMatha Catholic
12. Tyler Baylor, Good Counsel
13. Ja'Mion Franklin, North Caroline
14. Michael Jurgens, Damascus
15. Spencer Anderson, Bishop McNamara
16. Durrell Nchami, Paint Branch
17. Raymond Boone, Eleanor Roosevelt
18. Noah Taylor, Avalon School
19. Reginald Sutton, Calvert Hall College, 6-4, 270, offensive line (Rutgers)
20. Chance Campbell, Calvert Hall College
Last Updated (Monday, 17 July 2017 19:30)