No one in the Baltimore area played better this season than St. Frances defensive end Eyabi Anoma. In Thursday’s Under Armour All-America Game, he showed there aren’t many players outside Maryland who can measure up, either.
The five-star Alabama signee had two sacks, including a crucial third-down stop late in the fourth quarter, as his Team Highlight earned a 23-21 win over Team Spotlight in Orlando, Fla.
247Sports.com named Anoma the week’s “Alpha Dog” for his performance Thursday and three strong practices, ahead of even running back Maurice Washington, the game’s Most Valuable Player.
“Alabama five-star defensive end signee Eyabi Anoma is simply an electric edge rusher,” 247Sports’ Luke Stampini wrote. “The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder out of Maryland has freakish characteristics with his length and the explosiveness. Anoma is athletic enough to play outside linebacker, and during the game he was able to blow past five-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere.”
Anoma, the All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year, had 22 sacks and forced four fumbles as the spearhead of a defense that allowed just 65 points all season and helped lead the No. 1 Panthers to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. He’s the No. 7 prospect nationally in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings.