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Football offensive players to watch

McDonogh Eagles running back Mylique McGriff (33) sprints to the end zone while surrounded by Gilman Greyhounds last fall. McGriff is an offensive player to watch this season.
McDonogh Eagles running back Mylique McGriff (33) sprints to the end zone while surrounded by Gilman Greyhounds last fall. McGriff is an offensive player to watch this season.(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Malik Anderson

Howard, all-purpose back, senior

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Anderson, 5 feet 6, bounced back from a leg injury in his sophomore year to accumulate 1,288 all-purpose yards and score 15 touchdowns for the Class 4A state semifinalist Lions. He ran 67 times for 417 yards, caught 67 passes for 566 yards and returned nine kicks for 305 yards. He will be the primary back this fall.

Devery Hamilton

Gilman, tackle, senior

Rated the No. 1 senior offensive tackle and the No. 10 overall senior in Maryland by Rivals.com, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Hamilton has committed to Michigan. The converted defensive tackle has played just eight games on offense, but he's light on his feet, quick off the line and one of the keys to Gilman's intimidating line.

Kasim Hill

Gilman, quarterback, junior

Rated the No. 13 junior pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com, Hill drew rave reviews at the Michigan State Elite Camp this summer. At 6-2, 205 pounds, he's physical with a strong, accurate arm. Kai Locksley's backup for two years, he threw the game-winning touchdown pass in a 21-14 win over Good Counsel as a freshman.

Tre Hopkins

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Oakland Mills, quarterback, senior

An All-Metro second-team wide receiver with 65 catches for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns, Hopkins takes over for Offensive Player of the Year David Pindell. Hopkins, 6 feet, 175 pounds, started at quarterback as a freshman and will bring more running to the spread offense after rushing for 422 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

Will Huff

Meade, tight end, senior

At 6-3, 235 pounds, the powerful Huff plays multiple roles in the offense, making eight catches for 258 yards and five touchdowns last fall and delivering 23 pancake blocks. He also played fullback, linebacker and long snapper. The son of a West Point graduate, Huff, also being recruited as a linebacker, ranks Army at the top of his list but has other options.

David Marrocco

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Old Mill, quarterback, senior

A 6-foot, 185-pound pocket passer, Marrocco led the Patriots to the Class 4A state final, throwing for more than 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns during the regular season. He had 229 yards and two touchdowns in the state final. Excellent at keeping the pocket alive, Marrocco can also run, breaking one for 62 yards.

Mylique McGriff

McDonogh, running back, junior

McGriff enjoyed a breakout season last fall as a key component in the No. 1 Eagles' drive to a share of the A Conference title. The 5-10, 190-pound back led the conference in rushing with 1,275 yards on 104 carries. Powerful and tough to tackle, McGriff ran for all of the Eagles touchdowns in the 21-14 season-ending victory over Gilman.

Jordan McNair

McDonogh, lineman, junior

Rarely is a sophomore lineman so vivid on the recruiting radar that he draws offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Maryland, but the 6-6, 320-pound tackle already had the size, range, presence and athleticism to dominate last season. Eagles coach Dom Damico said he has the technique of a college player.

Steven Smothers

Franklin, athlete, senior

A two-time All-Metro first-team player who is committed to West Virginia, Smothers, 5-9, 160 pounds, is a one-man highlight reel as a receiver and return man. Rivals.com ranks him the No. 5 senior in Maryland. He scored four touchdowns, three on catches, in the state Class 3A championship victory, finishing the season with 22 total touchdowns and 1,440 all-purpose yards.

Stephen Spanellis

Gilman, lineman, senior

At 6-6, 315 pounds, Spanellis brings a strong presence to an imposing Greyhounds offensive line. An All-Metro first-team tackle last season, he is quick off the line, often blocking two opponents as Gilman ran primarily a ground offense. Spanellis committed to Virginia this summer and had offers from such programs as Michigan and Miami.

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