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Football: Defensive players to watch

Adrian Amos

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.

Kenny Goins

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.

Marco Jones

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.

Dan McManus

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.

Deontay McManus

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.

Joe McCargo

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.

Va'a Niumatalolo

Broadneck, linebacker, senior

The son of Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo made big strides this summer and received an offer from Idaho State. Niumatalolo (6-1, 220) will be at the heart of one of the area's best linebacking corps.

Paul Taylor

Poly, defensive end, senior

Fast for a 6-6, 241-pound guy, Taylor excels with his speed and athleticism. Also a basketball center, he has long arms and agility that come in handy when bringing down an opponent. He has drawn Division I interest.

Tyler Weedon

Catonsville, linebacker, senior

The only returning two-time first-team All-Metro selection, Weedon (5-11, 235) had 135 tackles in nine games last season. A starter since the first game of his freshman year, he has drawn interest from Maryland and Rutgers.

Joe Wright

South Carroll, linebacker, senior

A teammate's injury last fall forced Wright (6-3, 205) to move from outside linebacker to the middle, where his eye for the ball and quick lateral moves made him a better fit. He led Carroll County in tackles with 120, 17 for a loss.

OTHER NOTABLES

Roman Braglio, McDonogh

Tim Bristol, Hereford

Cortez Brown, Southern

Shendell Chase, Joppatowne

David Coffin, South River

E.J. Conway, McDonogh

Boomer Coombs, Arundel

Gabe Cox, Meade

Mike Dahl, Mount St. Joseph

Dexter Davis, Poly

Vince DePaola, Hereford

Jordan Floyd, Loyola

E.J. Gilman, Wilde Lake

Jonathan Haskell, Arundel

Jordan Horne, Loyola

Tre James, City

Stefan Janik, Calvert Hall

Tyler Krug, Westminster

Jimmy Little, Milford Mill

Aaron Moore, Edmondson

Dan Mullen, South Carroll

Jamel Nesbit, Edmondson

Kelvin Njoku, Milford Mill

Nick Ochoa, Broadneck

Devon Porchia, Gilman

Donovan Riley, Poly

Edwin Thomason, Chesapeake-B

Michael Turner, Boys' Latin

Steve Whiting, Atholton

Dan Yarborough, Calvert Hall

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