Archbishop Spalding, running back, senior
The most prolific returning running back in the MIAA, Chestnut scored 21 touchdowns last fall. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound All-Metro second-team selection ran for 945 yards on 142 carries, and he scored four touchdowns in a win over Calvert Hall.
Howard, running back, junior
Whenever the 5-10, 165-pound Dawkins got the ball in space, his speed, moves and vision made him a threat to score. The All-Metro second-team back gained 1,867 yards on 203 carries and scored 22 touchdowns last fall before breaking his collarbone in the regional final and missing the state semifinal.
McDonogh, quarterback, senior
One of the fastest players in the A Conference, Ellis is a dual threat who threw for 1,770 yards and 17 touchdowns last fall and ran for 1,330 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Virginia Tech commit has the versatility to play other roles, including defensive back, where he will see more time.
St. Frances, wide receiver, senior
An All-Metro first-team selection last season, Fields caught 61 passes for 995 yards and 13 touchdowns, including four in a win over McDonogh. The sure-handed 6-3, 200-pound receiver, who has committed to West Virginia, will be a key asset for a new Panthers quarterback.
Havre de Grace, kicker, senior
A catalyst for the Warriors’ Class 1A state final appearance, Harris tied state records for most field goals in a season with 13 (of 16 attempts) and most in a game with four. The All-Metro first-team kicker hit four in the regional semifinal and is aiming for more consistency, as well as more touchbacks.
Mount Saint Joseph, running back, senior
The physical runner was the Gaels’ workhorse last season, getting a lot of extra yards after contact. James, 5-10, 225 pounds, ran for 1,387 yards on 183 carries, averaging 7.7 yards per carry, and scored 14 touchdowns. He has committed to play for Cincinnati.
Milford Mill, wide receiver, senior
Also a strong basketball player, Obasi used his speed and athleticism to catch 49 passes last fall for 1,178 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 6-1, 185-pound All-Metro first-team receiver, who has committed to Virginia, had three touchdowns in the regional final loss.
Glenelg, running back, junior
A powerhouse downhill runner at 5-11, 180 pounds, Owens set a Howard County record last fall by rushing for 2,492 yards. The All-Metro second-team selection scored 28 touchdowns as the Gladiators reached the state Class 3A semifinal for the second time in three years.
Arundel, quarterback, senior
Sedgwick, 6 feet, 170 pounds, threw for 2,657 yards and 32 touchdowns — more than any other quarterback in the Baltimore area — for a team that averaged 41 points last fall. With a lot of other skill players back on the offense, he is primed for another prolific season.
Broadneck, wide receiver, junior
The 6-1, 175-pound Williams will try to build on a breakout All-Metro first-team sophomore season in which he averaged 17.5 yards on 50 receptions. His 10 touchdowns led the Bruins to the regional final, and a stellar 7-on-7 summer earned an offer from West Virginia.
Raven Albin, Hereford
Sam Botchway, Franklin
Stevon Brown, Archbishop Curley
Tyrese Chambers, Poly
Joshua Coffman, Severna Park
Jordan Cofield, New Town
Alphonso Cornish, Dundalk
Blake Corrum, St. Vincent Pallotti
Darrian Dalcourt, St. Frances
Shane Davis, Broadneck
Reggie Dillon, Long Reach
Jaelyn Duncan, St. Frances
DA’Andre Hebron, City
Darius Hunter, Arundel
Qadir Ismail, John Carroll
Jalon Jones, St. Frances
A’ssanti Kearney, Franklin
Rykim Lemon, Mervo
Jared Lewis, Dunbar
Zane Lewis, Westminster
Brandon Madison, Gilman
Jake Magee, Perry Hall
Zach Morris, Liberty
DeShawn Ruffin, Edmondson
Kavon Samuels, Friends
Osman Savage, St. Frances
Troy Scott, Milford Mill
Caelan Shepard, Broadneck
Stephen Shinholt, Century
Reggie Sutton, Calvert Hall
Omar’od White, Annapolis
Spencer Willis, Long Reach
DaeSean Winston, Archbishop Spalding
Tyler Woodard, Dulaney