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All-Metro football defense 2016

Here are the top high school football players in the area.

First Team

Evan Boozer

Loyola Blakefield, lineman, junior

* The top defensive lineman in the MIAA A Conference, disruptive 6-foot-5, 240-pound tackle tough to block with one man

* Of 87 total tackles, 24 were for loss; had nine sacks, one forced fumble, five fumble recoveries and blocked two kicks

* Being recruited by Wake Forest, Temple, several other FBS and FCS programs

Darnell Creek

Broadneck, defensive end, senior

* Repeat first-team selection, the 6-2, 239-pound lineman was so quick off the edge that he set a school record with 41 tackles for loss

* Made 67 total tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered two; had one interception, two pass breakups

* Headed to play at the junior college level; selected for the Baltimore Touchdown Club senior All-Star game

Victor Dimukeje

Boys' Latin, defensive end, senior

* Exceptional pass rusher at 6-2, 248 pounds with speed, strength, quick feet, long arms

* Had 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two batted passes; 20 of 50 tackles went for loss

* Narrowed his top five to Duke, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Pitt, Wake Forest; playing in the Crab Bowl

Darren Dunmoodie

Mount Saint Joseph, defensive back, senior

* Speedy 5-10, 175-pound free safety with great understanding of the game as the son of a football coach, Centennial's Carlos Dunmoodie

* Had seven interceptions, returning two for touchdowns; made 54 tackles

* Drawing recruiting attention from FCS, Division II; selected for the BTC game

Corey Gaines

Archbishop Spalding, linebacker, senior

* The 6-1, 200-pound outside linebacker was the top defensive player on the area's No. 2 team

* Had 41 tackles, six for loss, and one sack; excelled at defeating blocks with his superior quickness; also a key player on special teams

* Committed to play lacrosse for UMBC; selected for the BTC game

Michael Gibson

Franklin, linebacker, senior

* Two-time first-team selection; the 6-0, 185-pound veteran rarely left the field during the No. 4 Indians' run to the Class 3A state title game

* Had 89 tackles (17 for loss), eight sacks, four interceptions, five fumble recoveries; also gained 1,572 all-purpose yards, scored 19 touchdowns

* Drawing Division I recruiting interest; playing in the Crab Bowl

Ahmad Harvey

Old Mill, lineman, senior

* Repeat first-team selection, the 5-8, 300-pound nose guard continued to wreak havoc on opposing offenses despite drawing frequent double-teams

* Used low center of gravity to get leverage under bigger opponents' pads

* Had 27 tackles, including eight for loss, for the Anne Arundel County champions, who allowed just 8.5 points per game in the league

Rahmaud Kelly

North County, lineman, senior

* A 6-3, 210-pound defensive tackle racked up stellar stats while making it difficult for opponents to run up the middle

* Had 17 sacks, forced six fumbles; 25 of his 55 tackles went for loss; blocked three extra points and three punts

* Selected for the BTC game

PJ Mustipher

McDonogh, lineman, junior

* Second-team All-Metro last fall, the 6-5, 295-pound tackle has exceptional quickness for his size, able to shut down the run game inside or rush the passer

* Had 15 sacks, 47 tackles, four pass breakups, four forced fumbles

* Has a list of offers from FBS schools, including Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State

James Patterson

St. Vincent Pallotti, linebacker, senior

* The 6-0, 225-pound middle linebacker finished his career with 601 tackles, including 167 this past fall

* Had 22 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, eight pass breakups, two safeties; had at least 12 tackles in 11 games for the MIAA B Conference champions

* Committed to Buffalo with twin brother, Jaret; playing in the Crab Bowl

Nyonjae Spriggs

Annapolis, defensive back, senior

* The 5-10, 150-pound safety had a knack for making big plays at critical moments

* Led the Class 4A state semifinalists with 12 interceptions, returning four for touchdowns; forced two fumbles, recovered two; had 40 tackles

* Selected for the BTC game

Cameron Sullivan-Brown

St. Vincent Pallotti, defensive back, senior

*Versatile 6-2, 180-pound ball hawk had eight interceptions, returned three for touchdowns

* Had 23 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, 64 tackles (seven for loss); also caught 51 passes for 751 yards as a wide receiver

* Committed to Penn State, playing in the Crab Bowl

Jordan Swann

St. Frances, defensive back, senior

* The 5-10, 175-pound cornerback led the Panthers in interceptions with 10, had six pass breakups

* Had a least one interception against each of the next top three teams in the A Conference; had two picks vs. Mount Saint Joseph

* Offers from several Division I programs, including Delaware, Central Michigan, Illinois; playing in the Crab Bowl

Carl Tucker

Annapolis, punter, senior

* Averaged 39.21 yards on 29 punts with his longest being 64 yards as opponents rarely began a drive in good position against the Class 4A state semifinalists

* Pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line 12 times; also kicked a 30-yard field goal, hit 35 of 45 extra points

* Playing in the Crab Bowl

 

All-Metro second team

Rafiq Abdul-Wahid, Dunbar, defensive end, senior

Eyabi Anoma, St. Frances, defensive end, junior

Tyrell Barnes, Wilde Lake, linebacker, senior

Henry Cook, South Carroll, linebacker, senior

Drew Ehrlich, Gilman, defensive back, senior

Tyshon Fogg, Calvert Hall, linebacker, senior

Andrew Frailer, McDonogh, linebacker, senior

Trey Gross, Annapolis, defensive back, senior

J'Quane Harris, Milford Mill, defensive end, senior

Spencer Kirin, Liberty, linebacker, senior

Cooper McGeehan, River Hill, punter, junior

B'Ahmad Miller, St. Frances, lineman, senior

Vinnie Shaffer, Archbishop Curley, lineman, senior

Marquis Thornes, McDonogh, defensive back, senior

Avery Thurman, Dunbar, defensive back, senior

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