"This is what it's all about," Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith said. "We expect to win here, but if we're winning championships and kids are not going to college, we've got a problem. For kids to go to college, this is what we do."
At Gilman, The Baltimore Sun's players of the year signed their letters Wednesday morning.
Offensive Player of the Year Cyrus Jones Jr., rated the No. 20 recruit in the nation by ESPNU, made official his commitment to Alabama, which he had announced during the Under Armour All-America Bowl last month. Defensive Player of the Year Kenneth Goins Jr., who had 15 sacks and 61 tackles as an end, doubled as a running back and will play that position at Maryland.
Gilman linebacker Devon Porchia (Pittsburgh) and cornerback Malcolm Powers (Monmouth) also signed. All-Metro lineman Brian Gaia signed his letter to join Penn State in Austin, Texas, where he was preparing for Wednesday night's International Bowl.
Calvert Hall's All-Metro wide receiver Trevor Williams and All-Metro cornerback Da'Quan Davis both also signed with Penn State on Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals' ceremony also featured All-Metro linebacker C.J. Williams, who will go to Navy, which like all service academies as well as Patriot League and Ivy League schools does not grant athletic scholarships.
Local colleges also claimed a share of the hometown talent pool.
Old Mill All-Metro running back Rob Chesson, who set a state single season record with 49 touchdowns for the state Class 4A champion Patriots, signed with Towson. The Tigers also got Aberdeen's All-Metro wide receiver Christian Carpenter and Archbishop Spalding All-Metro lineman Shane Sullivan.
Joppatowne tailback Jamil Lee will join Morgan State, where his father Alonzo Lee is the Bears' defensive coordinator.
In addition to Goins, Maryland will get McDonogh All-Metro defensive lineman Roman Braglio.
Boys' Latin's All-Metro lineman Greg Pyke signed with Georgia. Two All-Metro teammates at Poly made their commitments official: cornerback Donovan Riley to Virginia Tech and punter Jordan Garrison with Bowie State.
Old Mill All-Metro defensive back Torie Wagner signed with Charleston (W.Va.), while Atholton All-Metro lineman Paul Federinko will play at Lafayette in the Patriot League.
Other second-team All-Metro players who signed include: River Hill running back Aaron Wells (Villanova), Franklin lineman Cyril Nuworsoo (Charleston), McDonogh lineman Allen Jackson (Duke), Annapolis Area Christian safety Malique Johnson (Old Dominion), Atholton lineman Steve Whting (Concord) and Archbishop Curley defensive back Avery Williams (Temple).
Among other players of note, City's Charles Tapper signed with Oklahoma, and Mount St. Joseph's Sam Benjamin signed with Temple.