Anne Arundel County resident travels a long way to get recruited by Navy football

Bill Wagner
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When Jamal Glenn chose the Maret School over Archbishop Spalding and Meade High, he did so knowing it would involve a difficult commute.

Glenn, who lives in the Anne Arundel County portion of Laurel, was dropped off around dawn at the Greenbelt Metro Station to begin the journey. He got off at Gallery Place and switched to the red line for the ride to the Woodley Park stop. From there, it was about a 15-minute walk to the private school located on Cathedral Avenue in northwest, D.C.

“It takes about an hour and a half on a good day, two hours on a bad day,” Glenn said.

For Glenn, who resides in the Russett community, the trip was well worth it because of the quality of education he received at Maret.

“I wanted to be challenged academically and the curriculum here is very rigorous,” he said. “I knew I would have to work hard to get where I am now.”

That focus on academics and desire to achieve great things has now led Glenn to the Naval Academy. The versatile 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete is among 27 football recruits coming directly to the Naval Academy, according to research conducted by The Capital.

“I’m so happy for Jamal because he has put so much effort and determination into reaching this goal,” Maret School head coach Mike Engelberg said. “He is unbelievably self-motivated and possesses a tremendous work ethic. Not many kids are willing to do what Jamal had to do in order to get to school every day.”

Glenn started on both sides of the ball for Maret, excelling as an elusive running back and hard-hitting safety while also serving as the team’s punt and kickoff returner. He amassed 1,743 all-purpose yards and scored 14 touchdowns in being named honorable mention All-Metro by The Washington Post.

Glenn earned first team All-Mid-Atlantic Conference honors as a defensive back after recording 76 tackles and four interceptions in just nine games.

“Jamal literally did it all. He was our leading rusher, leading receiver, leading returner and leading tackler,” Engelberg said.

Glenn rushed for 1,346 yards on 128 carries and added 23 receptions for another 397 yards. He had two kickoff returns for touchdown and one punt return for a score. “Jamal is probably a corner at the next level, but we played him at safety because he’s such an incredible open-field tackler,” Engelberg said. “He is very similar to Sean Davis in that regard. He has the same skill set.”

Davis is a Maret School graduate who starred at the University of Maryland and just completed his second season in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Navy assistant Napoleon Sykes discovered Glenn and did not need to deliver much of a sales pitch since the youngster was extremely interested in attending a service academy. In fact, Glenn committed to Navy almost immediately after receiving a formal offer.

“Coach Engelberg sent my film to Coach Sykes and gave me a good recommendation,” Glenn said. “Coach Sykes reached out to me on Twitter and things moved pretty fast from there.”

Glenn, who attended Meade Middle School, got the word that Navy was offering while headed to lacrosse practice last May. He had already attended a Junior Day event at the academy and came away very impressed.

“I just thought the atmosphere was amazing, the facilities were fantastic and the coaching staff was very inspirational,” said Glenn, who wants to major in cyber security. “Navy talks about developing the leaders of the world and I want to be one. I’ve always been taught by my father to think long-term and Navy provided the best chance to be successful after football. It really was a no-brainer of a decision.”

Glenn is among three in-state recruits headed directly to the Naval Academy, joining St. Mary’s High defensive end Timber Berzins and Richard Montgomery High offensive lineman Adam Tounkara. Five other Maryland natives are slated to attend the Naval Academy Prep School, including Gilman running back Brandon Madison.

Madison, who was All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year by The Sun, committed to Navy over Howard University in late January after also considering several Ivy League and Patriot League schools. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder rushed for 1,265 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior in leading Gilman to the MIAA A Conference championship game. He also caught 36 passes for an additional 430 yards and a score.

“Brandon was an incredibly productive player and a tremendous team leader,” said former Gilman head coach Tim Holley, who stepped down following the 2017 season. “Brandon has a great will to win and plays his heart out.”

Madison was a four-year varsity player for Gilman, switching from wide receiver to running back as a junior. He often lined up in Wildcat formation for the Greyhounds, taking direct snaps and finding holes behind a zone blocking scheme.

Holley said Madison always had interest in the Naval Academy since his father is a former Marine Corps officer. Gilman defensive back Brandon Willis, who committed to Navy in June, had been lobbying his friend to choose Annapolis.

Madison is slated to play fullback in Navy’s triple-option system, a position Holley feels he is well-suited to fill.

“Brandon is very big from the waist down and a real powerful inside runner. He has great leg strength and breaks a lot of tackles,” Holley said. “Brandon has always been a very effective perimeter runner as well because he has the speed and quickness to turn the corner. He has soft hands and is also an excellent pass catcher.”

NAVAL ACADEMY CLASS OF 2018 RECRUITS

(this list of football recruits tha are coming directly to the Naval Academy was compiled based off interviews and social media postings)

Carlinos Acie, SB, 5-10, 180, McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport

Will Andersen, DL, 6-1, 297, Morristown, N.J./Delbarton

Timber Berzins, DL, 6-3, 250, Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s

Kevin Brennan, OLB, 6-0, 205, Westfield, N.J./Don Bosco Prep

Peter Brown, WR, WR, 6-2, 205, Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic

Nicholas Dell’Acqua, DL, 6-4, 280, Chula Vista, Calif./Mater Dei

Sam Dixon, FB, 5-10, 200, San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills

Luca Fratianne, OL, 6-3, 290, Newbury Park, Calif./Newbury Park

Jamal Glenn, DB, 5-10, 175, Washington, D.C./Maret

James Harris II, FB, 6-0, 210, Mobile, Ala./Faith Academy

John Kelly III, OLB, 6-3, 222, Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell

Cal Long, DL, 6-3, 220, Austin, Texas/Regents School of Austin

Michael McMorris, DB, 5-11, 180, Buford, Ga./Buford

Brendan Mitchell, WR, 6-5, 210, Edmond, Okla./Edmond Memorial

Isaac Ruoss, FB, 6-1, 210, Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin

Bryce Shaw, LB, 6-1, 208, Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham

Cameron Shook, K-P, 6-3, 192, Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South

James Stagg, WR, 6-4, 240, Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista

Steve Steen, QB, 6-0, 170, Odessa, Texas/Permian

Daniel Taylor, DB, 5-10, 180, Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy

Bryce Texeira, OL, 6-3, 285, Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha West

Adam Tounkara, OL, 6-2, 280, Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery

Chance Warren, SB, 5-10, 175, Enterprise, Ala./Enterprise

Deondrae Williams, DL, 6-3, 242, Smiths, Ala./Smiths Station

Collin Woods, WR, 6-3, 190, Eight Mile, Ala./Blount

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