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All-Metro first-team defense for football

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Nik D'Avanzo

Archbishop Curley, lineman, senior

Physical 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle with quick first step, non-stop motor

Recorded 58 tackles, 14 sacks, five forced fumbles, four deflected passes, one interception for touchdown

Also played wing back with 114 carries for 644 yards, 10 touchdowns

Friars coach Sean Murphy: "He never quit, even when the play wasn't near him. He would chase every play until the kid was tackled."

Committed to Cincinnati, playing in Crab, Chesapeake bowls

Malik Dorsey

Meade, lineman, senior

Non-stop 6-1, 280-pound defensive tackle proved tough to block

Able to split double teams, tear through single blockers and excelled at collapsing the pocket

Had 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five forced fumbles

Mustangs coach Rich Holzer: "I have not coached a D-lineman that played that hard that consistently."

Offer from Central Connecticut, some Division II offers, playing in Crab Bowl

Marvin Gross Jr.

Dunbar, lineman, senior

Speedy 6-4, 201-pound defensive end is repeat first-team selection

Led the Class 1A state champions with 33 sacks and had 64 in two years

Key reason for Poets shutting out 10 opponents, allowing just 52 points

Poets coach Lawrence Smith: "Marvin is a hard person to block, and he's a defensive game-changer."

Committed to West Virginia, playing in Crab, Chesapeake bowls

Melvin Keihn

Gilman, lineman, junior

Relentless 6-3, 220-pound defensive end with outstanding speed off the edge, ability to drop into pass coverage

Had 13 sacks, nine tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries

Greyhounds coach Biff Poggi: "He made a lot of big hustle plays. When the play looked like it was over, Melvin was pursuing and causing disruptions."

Has 16 FBS offers, including Notre Dame, Miami, Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland

Named to Rivals.com's Top 250 juniors nationwide

Dan Johnson

Westminster, linebacker, senior

Versatile 5-10, 175-pound dynamo was the glue in the Owls' run to the state semifinals, rarely leaving the field

Had 78 tackles (37 solo), six sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, 11 pass break-ups, three interceptions

Also ran 99 times for 797 yards, five touchdowns; caught 38 passes for 572 yards, eight touchdowns; also punted

Westminster coach Brad Wilson: "He is a difference maker anywhere he is on the field."

Drawing attention from Ivy League, Division II programs, selected for the BTC game

Miles Norris

Gilman, linebacker, senior

Smart, physical 6-foot, 216-pound outside linebacker and team captain

Had 81 tackles (11 for a loss), two interceptions, five sacks, two forced fumbles

A student of the game who absorbed film study and excelled at making reads

Greyhounds coach Biff Poggi: "He gets a step and a half or two on every play because of how well he knows the game plan."

Committed to Cornell, playing in Chesapeake Bowl

James Simms

Reservoir, linebacker, senior

At 6-2, 195 pounds, he used his speed and a quick first step to make highlight-reel tackles

Had 102 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery

Doubled as wide receiver, catching 34 passes for 524 yards and seven touchdowns

Gators coach Bryan Cole: "He's always a step ahead of everybody else."

Looking at Towson, Delaware, among other schools, selected for the BTC game

Evan Griffin

River Hill, defensive back, senior

The 5-10, 160-pound safety had four of his five interceptions in last the two games, including three against Urbana

Had 75 tackles (47 solo) for the Class 3A state champion Hawks

Also a halfback who ran 109 times for 1,022 yards, caught 32 passes for 637 yards and had 2,160 all-purpose yards and 21 total touchdowns

Hawks coach Brian Van Deusen: "It was up to him to make big plays, and he really never came off the field."

A college baseball prospect, selected for the BTC game

Marcus Hicks

Old Mill, defensive back, junior

Versatile 5-10, 165-pound safety also played outside linebacker early in the season

Had 76 tackles (32 solo), two sacks, six interceptions and five forced fumbles

Scored touchdowns five ways: kick return, punt return, rushing, receiving, fumble recovery

Patriots coach Chad McCormick: "Marcus had a big play for us in every game."

Had an interception in overtime vs. Severna Park, returned a kickoff 100 yards vs. Broadneck

Delando Johnson

Calvert Hall, defensive back, senior

Strong safety who, at 6-3, 190 pounds, is physical enough to play in the box, athletic enough to play out in space

Had 80 tackles, two forced fumbles, four interceptions (one returned for touchdown)

Doubled as a wide receiver with 11 catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns

Cardinals coach Donald Davis: "When we've got to have a play, he's the guy."

Considering half a dozen FBS offers, playing in Chesapeake, International bowls

Ben Priddy

Severn, punter, senior

Versatile player averaged 42 yards per punt for MIAA C Conference runner-up

Hit 20 of 25 field goals, including 50-yarder in the championship; 96-for-100 extra points in two years

At quarterback, threw for 1,767 yards, 19 touchdowns, five interceptions

Admirals coach Chris Kirchenheiter: "As a quarterback, he has that calmness and that helped him be a successful punter."

Committed to Georgetown, playing in Crab, Chesapeake bowls

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