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Sleepers again hoping to awaken the recruiters with Classic performance


The rosters of the Greater Baltimore Football Classic are dotted with familiar names.

When the top seniors of the Maryland Scholastic Association meet their counterparts from Baltimore County Sunday, at Poly's Lumsden Stadium (1 p.m.), area high school fans easily will recognize the names of Forest Park's Obie Barnes Jr., Gilman's Edward Trusty and Jamal Cox, and Randallstown's Larry Washington.

These players have been in the limelight much of the season and surely deserve the attention.

But so do many others, not as well known. That was the purpose of initiating this all-star game nine years ago. Good players from teams not in the limelight needed a showcase to grab the attention of college recruiters.

The 1983 contest boasted four players now in the National Football League: Carlton Bailey (Woodlawn/Buffalo Bills), Vernon Joines (Southwestern/Cleveland Browns), Warren Powers (Edmondson/Denver Broncos) and Calvin Williams (Dunbar/Philadelphia Eagles).

Milford Mill's Brian Jordan played in the 1984 contest, went on to the University of Richmond and now plays for the Atlanta Falcons.

Many others have gone on to play college football and then enter the business world. John Carroll's Jeff Ey stood out as a defensive end in the 1985 Classic, then attended Richmond where he played offensive line. He now is employed by Price Waterhouse, certified public accountants.

The list goes on and this year's contest likely will draw attention to a handful of potential college players.

Patterson coach Roger Wrenn (MSA) and Randallstown coach John Buchheister (Baltimore County) cited a couple of players worthy of notice. Consider: Parkville's Chad Freitag. He's a 6-foot-3, 210-pound two-way lineman who played on a team that did not make the playoffs. He only began playing football three years ago, but has made giant strides in that short span.

"Chad's very smart," said Parkville coach Phil Donlin. "He picks things up very quickly and he is very strong."

Ask Freitag how strong and he shrugs his shoulders.

"I bench-pressed 210 pounds to see if I could," he said. "I've only just started weight training and have not yet maxed out [lifted maximum weight]."

As for his grades, there is no hesitation. "I would like to study engineering in college," said Freitag, who has scored 1,130 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Southern's Joe Mondshour, playing on the MSA squad, is another relatively unknown player who is hoping to get spotted by a college recruiter on Sunday.

Mondshour is 5-9, 210 pounds and plays nose guard. He's interested in studying business management in college. He carries a solid B average and will take the SATs Saturday morning.

Neither Freitag nor Mondshour have received letters from any college recruiters.

"I'm not playing a glamour position, so it's difficult to gain recognition," said Freitag.

While only about 1 percent of high school athletes go on to play in college, both Freitag and Mondshour are hoping to buck those odds and extend their playing careers a few more seasons.

Tickets are available at all MSA and Baltimore County schools ($3), or may be purchased at the gate ($5). Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.



5 Dewayne Washington, Lake Clifton

7 Mike Branch, Patterson

9 Brandon Jews, City

10 Damon Bond, Walbrook

12 Diarra Davis, Southwestern

20 Keith Kormanik, Gilman

22 Lenard Marcus, Poly

23 Obie Barnes, Forest Park

28 Timothy White, Northwestern

30 Lamar James, Northern

32 Monte Bowens, Northwestern

33 Jermaine Johnson, McDonogh

34 Edward Trusty, Gilman

35 Antoine Burrell, Forest Park

38 Joseph Mondshour, Southern

39 Frank Tamburello, Curley

40 Charles Bell, Dunbar

42 Jamal Cox, Gilman

44 David Harris, Gibbons

45 Chris Robertson, Poly

49 Shawn Mahoney, St. Paul's

50 Charles Plitt, Boys' Latin

52 Ron Strauss, Loyola

54 Chris Smith, St. Mary's

55 Jim Lewis, McDonogh

58 Floyd Matthews, Lake Clifton

60 Matt Cremen, Spalding

61 Joe Holland, City

63 Larry Smith, Douglass

65 Andy Plummer, Severn

66 Brian Collins, Mervo

68 Garfield Griffin, Edmondson

70 Josh Austin, Forest Park

72 Anthony Hall, Mt. St. Joe

74 Adam Funk, St. Mary's

75 Chris Blythe, Gibbons

77 Donnell Blackwell, Carver

79 Ernest Rhoney, City

80 Pete Tapley, John Carroll

81 Sam James, Lake Clifton

82 Charles Anderson, Patterson

84 Kenneth Clark, Patterson

85 Jelani Rucker, Poly

88 Reggie Thornton, Loyola

89 Brian Yates, Calvert Hall

* Coach: Roger Wrenn, Patterson



5 Joe Speed, Dundalk

7 Mike Hege, Patapsco

8 Donnie Burks, Perry Hall

10 John Swigart, Overlea

15 Robert Davis, Milford Mill

18 Tim Whitehead, Franklin

20 Alex Galiani, Towson

20 Bryant Lee, Milford Mill

23 Ron Martin, Hereford

25 Charles Davis, Eastern Vo-Tech

28 David Brewer, Towson

30 Brian Volk, Loch Raven

32 Mike Sowers, Dundalk

33 Larry Washington, Randallstown

34 Chris McFadden, Patapsco

39 Marcus Gray, Owings Mills

40 Scott Boze, Owings Mills

42 Roy Marsh, Perry Hall

44 Joe Watkins, Parkville

45 Mike Stolle, Perry Hall

50 Steve Clay, Kenwood

52 Rick Price, Chesapeake

54 George Gillem, Woodlawn

55 Mike Blackmon, Dundalk

58 Pat McDaniel, Parkville

60 Brad Topchik, Randallstown

61 Derek Ruby, Chesapeake

63 Michael Rathmell, Loch Raven

65 Willie Hicks, Woodlawn

66 Jeff Mattes, Franklin

68 John Walk, Sparrows Point

70 Ian Rehmert, Catonsville

72 Wallace Baker, Randallstown

74 Keith Thornton, Lansdowne

75 Shannon Wooden, Overlea

77 Grant Yoder, Dulaney

79 Chad Freitag, Parkville

81 Ferron Carter, Woodlawn

82 Tim Hughes, Owings Mills

84 Brandon Lobb, Dulaney

85 Corey Johnson, Loch Raven

88 Mike Ward, Chesapeake

89 Phil Efrom, Pikesville

* Coach: John Buchheister, Randallstown

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