It's a banner year for high school football talent in the metropolitan area.
Eleven local players already have made oral commitments to colleges, and they'll sign national letters of intent soon after the NCAA signing period begins Wednesday.
Thus far, the University of Maryland has commitments from three local standouts: Randallstown running back Larry Washington, Wilde Lake running back Raphael Wall and Dunbar tight end Kevin Washington. The Terps also are in the running for two more, Perry Hall running back Roy Marsh and Poly defensive back Antwaine Smith.
Terrapin rival Penn State has an oral commitment from Wilde Lake defensive back Ricky Rowe and is pursuing Marsh, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards despite being hampered for half the season by a nagging ankle injury. Marsh has completely recovered: He won four gold medals at the Baltimore County Indoor Track Championships on Saturday, leading the Gators to the title.
The Perry Hall speedster as well as teammates Kevin Loewe, a split end, and Donnie Burks, a quarterback, also are college prospects for baseball. Loewe, a lefthanded pitcher, probably will pursue the spring sport, while Marsh, an outfielder, and Burks, a shortstop, are still considering opportunities to play both sports in college.
Old Mill quarterback Eric Scott is another baseball prospect. He'll likely wait to see what develops after the spring season.
City two-way lineman Ernest Rhoney (6 feet 3, 290 pounds) has committed to Minnesota. Poly defensive back Lenard Marcus, who intercepted six passes last fall, has committed to Stanford. Glenelg end Juan Dorsey, who led the area with 61 receptions, will attend James Madison. Forest Park lineman Joshua Austin (6-3, 280) will sign with Wake Forest and teammate Obie Barnes Jr., who rushed for 1,560 yards, is heading to Hampton.
Gilman linebacker Jamal Cox is headed for Georgia Tech. Cox's teammate Keith Kormanik will sign with Boston College. Kormanik and Dundalk's Joe Speed are a pair of versatile players who could wind up playing offense or defense. Kormanik stood out at wide receiver for the Greyhounds and returned punts. Speed quarterbacked the Owls, but previously had excelled at wide receiver. He remains interested in the Naval Academy and has visited Colgate.