Milford Mill quarterback Richard Johnson, an All-Metro player who has thrown 11 touchdown passes and rushed for two more this season, is rated the state's top football recruit by ACC Sports Journal.
Based on reports and information gathered from conference recruiters, the publication rates the top 20 Division I prospects in Maryland.
Johnson also is listed among the nation's top 100 players by the Austin, Texas-based National Recruiting Advisor, making him an All-American.
ACC Sports Journal also ranks among its top 20 prospects these Baltimore-area players:
Howard running back Gerald Smith (sixth), a second-team All-Metro; Annapolis running back Rayvon Johnson (eighth), an All-Metro; McDonogh linebacker T. C. Cosby (ninth), a second-team All-Metro; Hereford linebacker-running back C. J. Feldheim (13th), an All-Metro; North Carroll running back-defensive back Steve Suter (14th), another second-team All-Metro; and Edmondson running back-linebacker Raytron Leak (18th).
Smith also is an All-American in The Recruiting Advisor, ranked No. 9 among running backs. Feldheim is 57th among the top 100 defensive ends, making him an All-Region pick.
Lions take on big dogs
Dulaney's second-ranked volleyball team has cruised through the season without losing a game, but the big tests begin this weekend.
In the next week, the Lions (5-0) could face No. 1 Centennial, No. 3 Severna Park and No. 4 River Hill. Centennial and River Hill, which upset the Eagles on Monday, will join the Lions at North Caroline's annual Bulldog Classic on the Eastern Shore Saturday. After that, the Lions head to Severna Park.
"The kids are really excited about [playing Severna Park]," said Lions coach Ian Blanchard. "The problem is, we don't want to go in there so flat because we've been playing such mediocre competition. The Bulldog will be a wake-up call for us."
The Bulldog tournament presents a different challenge for the Lions. Although they will have top hitter Lindsay Lawson, they will play the morning's pool matches without top setter Erin Reinhardt, hitter Leanne Costa and key passer Jill Shubert. The three seniors plan to attend Dulaney's senior barbecue before heading for the tournament in the afternoon.
The Lions, however, must finish first or second in the pool to advance to the afternoon's quarterfinals. Their pool, one of three in the 15-team tournament, includes River Hill, South River, North East and Patuxent.
The tournament includes Calvert County powerhouses Northern and Calvert, as well as Western from Baltimore. Centennial, Severna Park and River Hill have four losses among them, but all except one have been to Northern or Calvert.
He's a keeper
In eight games, Kenwood boys soccer goalkeeper Chris O'Leary, an Olympic Development Team player, has five shutouts and has allowed only three goals. His Bluebird teammates have put in 23 goals.
Gilman All-Metro quarterback Ryan Boyle had added incentive for wanting to beat Landon, at Landon, on Saturday, which the Greyhounds did, 36-10.
A two-time All-Metro and two-time All-American lacrosse selection, Boyle had a college visit planned that night to Princeton, as did two Landon players, quarterback Ted Lamade and running back George Boiardi.
"Knowing I'm going to see them later on tonight in New Jersey, I didn't want to be the one who had to hear about losing," Boyle said after rushing for 108 yards and one score and passing for 77 yards in the victory.
Top-ranked Gilman (4-0) has won 15 straight games.
Cougars on roll
Fallston's football team, 4-0 under coach Dave Cesky, is one victory shy of equaling its win total last fall, when the Cougars were 5-5. Cesky said the team is his deepest in 10 seasons. The Cougars visit defending co-Harford County champion Bel Air at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
Pub Date: 9/30/99