Football: Offensive players to watch

Gabriel Ali-El

Poly, running back, senior

A slick runner in the Engineers' option offense, Ali-El (5 feet 9, 189 pounds) missed last season's finale with a shoulder injury — a huge loss after he ran for more than 1,200 yards and also had 400 yards receiving.

Demond Brown

Old Mill, running back, senior

A transfer from Annapolis, Brown accounted for 45 percent of the Panthers offense last season, scoring 15 touchdowns and gaining 1,345 yards on 179 carries. He fits nicely into the spot vacated by co-Offensive Player of the Year Josh Furman.

Navassa Brown

Franklin, athlete, senior

Brown (5-9, 165) has terrific versatility, running for 673 yards and catching 22 passes for 534 yards. He also excels at defensive back, making 60 tackles with seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries last season.

Hunter Goodwin

Gilman, lineman, senior

A stellar run blocker able to move people off the ball, Goodwin has quick feet for 6-5, 290 pounds. Orally committed to Wake Forest, he had about 30 pancake blocks last season for the MIAA A conference champs.

Ed Hunt

Arundel, lineman, senior

Hunt (6-4, 270) is a ferocious, physical and technically sharp right tackle. He was cited for having the top technique at a handful of camps this summer. Monmouth has offered but with his 4.3 GPA, he's looking at Harvard, too.

Darius Jennings

Gilman, quarterback, senior

Rated No. 2 in the nation as an athlete by, the All-Metro first teamer set a school-record with 2,028 yards rushing last season as a quarterback. Jennings (6-0, 180 pounds) ran for 25 touchdowns and passed for 10. Among his top ten colleges: Maryland, Penn State and Ohio State.

Brent Kluge

River Hill, running back, senior

A powerful runner who transferred to River Hill last season from Hereford, Kluge (5-10, 200) carried the ball 146 times last season for 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a second-team All-Metro last season as a linebacker.

Colin Osborne

Glenelg, running back, senior

A do-it-all player committed to James Madison, Osborne carried 88 times for 814 yards and seven touchdowns, caught 16 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns and returned two punts for scores. He also excels at defensive back.

Donovan Smith

Owings Mills, lineman, senior

Fast-rising star helped the Eagles break a 53-game losing streak last season. Good footwork and lateral movement helped Smith (6-5, 270) draw 17 scholarship offers. He is rated 25th nationally among offensive linemen by

K.K. Smith

Archbishop Spalding, running back, senior

The Cavaliers' leading rusher scored 13 touchdowns and gained 1,312 yards last season. Slippery and strong, Smith led the way with 86 yards rushing for the Cavaliers in an MIAA B Conference title-game victory.


Marquiese Bannister, Eastern Tech

Brandon Bayer, North Harford

Corey Beall, Old Mill

Joseph Blackwell, Arundel

Steve Boudouris, Loch Raven

Adam Brown, Atholton

Davonta Burke, Southern

Ben Curtis, Calvert Hall

Andre Davis, Dunbar

Alex Dembinski, Old Mill

Mike Fafaul, Loyola

Brian Gaia, Gilman

Jake Gibson, Franklin

Jordan Griffin, River Hill

Evan Groseclose, Westminster

J.D. Izon, Archbishop Spalding

Brandon Johnson, Annapolis

Cyrus Jones, Gilman

Devonte Jones, Mount St. Joseph

Andrew King, Atholton

Greg Pyke, Boys' Latin

Brandon Soderstrom, Century

Isaiah Taylor, Hereford

Ian Thomas, Franklin

Cody Turner, North Harford

Brian Vass, Dunbar

Kalil Viera, Wilde Lake

Darin Washington, Havre de Grace

Tyler Washington, Arundel

Tajuan Watson, Annapolis

Deonta Winston, Patterson

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