2017 Offensive Football Players To Watch

Julius Chestnut

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.

Devin Dawkins

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.

DeJuan Ellis

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.

Randy Fields

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.

Clay Harris

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.

Sam James

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.

Ugo Obasi

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.

Wande Owens

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.

Ryan Sedgwick

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.

Ethon Williams

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.

Other notables

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

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