Football: Defensive players to watch
Dunbar junior safety Deontay McManus already has offers from five Division I schools. (Baltimore Sun photo by Lloyd Fox / November 21, 2009)
Calvert Hall, safety, senior
A quiet player with a loud game, Amos (6 feet 1, 200 pounds) moves from corner to free safety, where he will show off his ability to cover a lot of ground. He has drawn interest from Connecticut, Temple and West Virginia.
Gilman, defensive end, junior
A physical runner who had 13 sacks last season, Goins (5-10, 215) is quick to the ball, prompting one MIAA coach to call him the best defensive player he has seen. He doubles as a powerhouse running back.
Boys' Latin, defensive end, senior
An excellent pass rusher who orally committed to Virginia over 13 other offers, Jones (6-3, 247) had plenty of hurries last season even though most opponents didn't pass the ball much. He also had 55 tackles and four sacks.
Eastern Tech, lineman, senior
An aggressive, old-school player, McManus (5-11, 240) had 92 tackles and 11 sacks last season for the state Class 2A champions. His quickness, speed and pass-rushing ability have drawn interest from Bucknell.
Dunbar, safety, junior
With his size, strength and nose for the ball, McManus (6-2, 215) already has five Division I offers. He had 10 interceptions last season and is ready to emerge as a leader for a solid Poets defense this fall.
Old Mill, linebacker, senior
An outside linebacker for the Class 4A state champs, McCargo (6-1, 185) makes good use of his athleticism and is projected as a safety in college. He is considering offers from Towson and Bryant.