St. Frances Academy defensive football player Eyabi Anoma announces that he will play for The University of Alabama. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun video)
Thirteen years ago, a fearsome defensive end who played at Randallstown was rated among the top high school recruits in the country: No. 4 overall by Rivals.com, No. 7 by Max Emfinger, No. 13 by Scout.com. He was the Baltimore area’s top prospect in the Class of 2005, a bona fide blue chip against whom all future Baltimorea-area stars would be measured.
With another national signing day upon us and recruiting rankings for the Class of 2018 finalized, the erstwhile Melvin Alaeze finally has been surpassed in stature — and by a former Randallstown defensive end, no less.
Eyabi Anoma, an Alabama signee who spent his first two seasons at the Baltimore County school before going on to earn All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year honors at St. Frances, is a consensus top-10 prospect nationally. After a 22-sack season for the Panthers and a dominant showing on the postseason showcase circuit, Anoma now is rated by the three major recruiting services as high as No. 3 (ESPN.com, 247Sports.com) and as low as No. 7 (Rivals.com). In the 247Sports.com Composite rankings, he’s No. 4 overall.
That’s in a separate stratosphere from Baltimore’s best in years past. Since 2000, the oldest year for which 247Sports.com recruiting rankings are available, here’s the top-rated local prospect: