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Recruiting Roundup: St. Albans WR Jaden Coffen picks up 7 offers in the last month

Recruiting Roundup: St. Albans WR Jaden Coffen picks up 7 offers in the last month

The college football recruitment process has been different this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Prospects have had unofficial visits to campuses canceled and college coaches have been unable to meet prospects face-to-face. Fortunately, these complications have not precluded many DMV student athletes from earning scholarship opportunities from top programs in the nation.

Here’s a look at some of the most recent offers.

Jaden Coffen | 3-star Athlete

Class: 2021

School: St. Albans

Offers: 19

Jaden Coffen is beginning to receive the recognition he deserves. The 6-2, 200-pound athlete from St. Albans is a two-way contributor for the Bulldogs, starring as both a wide receiver and defensive back.

In the last month, Coffen has picked up seven new offers, including those from Air Force and Appalachian State.

Caleb Coombs | 3-star Wide Receiver

Class: 2021

School: St. John’s

Offers: 15

Caleb Coombs is primed to have a monster senior season. The 6-1, 180-pound wide receiver found himself overshadowed by 5-star Rakim Jarrett last year, but in 2020, Coombs is expected to be the focal point of the Cadets’ aerial attack.

Coombs’ speed and route running ability has already caught the eye of many of the top programs in the country. Of his 15 offers, eight of them are from SEC schools, including Alabama and Tennessee.

Shawn Murphy | 5-star Outside Linebacker

Class: 2022

School: Stonewall Jackson

Offers: 28

Shawn Murphy is not merely one of the top underclassmen in the DMV, he’s one of the best in the nation.

Murphy is a tackling machine. His length, range and instincts allow him to chase the ball sideline-to-sideline, making plays all over the field. In the last month, the 5-star student athlete has picked up offers from Memphis, Texas A&M and Oregon.

Xavier Ricks | Defensive Tackle

Class: 2021

School: Good Counsel

Offers: 6

Xavier Ricks played a significant role in helping Good Counsel secure the WCAC championship in 2019. The belief within the Falcons program is Ricks will be a dominating force in 2020.

At 6-3, 275, Ricks has excellent size and displays great quickness for an interior defensive lineman, and coaches around the country are beginning to take notice. Ricks has recently been offered by Morgan State, Lehigh and Monmouth.

Alfred Darlington | Offensive Lineman

Class: 2021

School: Westfield

Offers: 1

Alfred Darlington is a road-grader at perennial powerhouse Westfield. The all-conference lineman is strong at the point of attack and displays an ability to seek and destroy linebackers at the next level.

Standing 6-3, 275-pounds, Darlington recently earned his first offer from Delaware State. It won’t be his last.

Maxwell James | Wide Receiver

Class: 2021

School: Lake Braddock

Offers: 7

The big play threat from Lake Braddock is making a run up the recruiting boards. In the last week, Maxwell James earned offers from Army West Point and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In March, he also added Lehigh, Bucknell and the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Jaden Bradley | 3-star Wide Receiver

Class: 2021

School: DeMatha

Offers: 10

Jaden Bradley has been one of the hottest recruits in the DMV this off season. The 6-4 DeMatha Stags receiver has the length to snatch passes out of the air and offers from top programs.

In March, Bradley picked up UMass, Wake Forest, Towson and Georgetown amongst others.

Curtis Nixon II | Tight End

Class: 2021

School: Maret

Offers: 11

Curtis Nixon II is a two-sport stud at Maret School. When he’s not pounding the hardwood with Maret’s basketball team, he is catching game-winning touchdown’s for the Frogs football program.

Nixon has excellent length and athleticism which allows him to attack the ball at its highest point. He is just beginning to scratch the surface of how good he can be and programs are beginning to take notice. In March, Nixon earned offers from Princeton, Georgetown, Yale, ODU, Rutgers and Harvard.

Dezmond Williams | 3-star Defensive Back

Class: 2021

School: Ryken

Offers: 6

The stock of Dez Williams is on the rise. The defensive back has the size to match up with big wide receivers on the outside and the quickness to cover the slot.

Williams is growing; he’s added height and he is beginning to fill out his frame. In the last week, he has picked up offers from JMU and ODU, and the likelihood is more are on the way.

Terion Sugick | 3-star Defensive Tackle

Class: 2021

School: National Christian Academy

Offers: 17

Terion Sugick is one of the top interior defensive linemen in the region. He is stout at stopping the run and proficient at rushing the passer.

Sugick, who holds offers from 17 programs, recently dropped his top 5: Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, Wake Forest and Maryland.

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"I kind of came up with my own workout regimen," he said. 

First, he used weight sets that he had. And, due to some recent construction, his parents had been doing in their home, he was able to repurpose materials including buckets which he filled with water and PVC pipes to create his own curl-up bar and squat racks.

As Ricardo says in the video above, with creativity like that, who really needs a gym?

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These are the top 10 high school defensive backs in the DMV

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In today’s game, high-powered offenses are king. Long gone are the days of wishbone formations, triple-option quarterbacks and play-calling strategies centered around “three yards and a cloud of dust.”

In 2020, spread sets are the norm and offenses are designed to put up points in a hurry. For defenses to be successful at slowing them down, they need skilled and versatile defenders in the secondary who can stop the pass and help slow the run game. Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are home to some of the best in the country.

Here are my Top 10 defensive backs in the DMV.

Ryan “Bo” Barnes | Quince Orchard (MD)

Cornerback: 6’2”, 180 lbs

Class: 2021

Offers: 35

Ryan Barnes is a ball-hawking DB with next level length and a knack for making big plays. At 6-foot-2, Barnes is a big corner who blankets his opposition. He uses his long arms and stride to aide in recovering, and once he gets his hands on the ball he is a threat to score.

Though slight of frame, Barnes is a physical, sure tackler who effectively sets the edge against the run.

Antoine Booth | DeMatha (MD)

Cornerback: 6’0”, 190 lbs

Class: 2021

Committed: Michigan State

Antoine Booth often accepts the challenge of lining up against the opposition’s No. 1 receiver -- he does not back down. In fact, he raises his game to that of his competition. He plays the game with a moxie and bravado that will serve him well this season and moving forward.

Booth does a stellar job reading and reacting. He keeps his eyes in the backfield, plants his back foot and jumps routes, often leading to pass breakups and interceptions.

Jalen Clyatt | Sherwood (MD)

Safety: 6’4”, 200 lbs

Class: 2021

Committed: East Carolina

Jalen Clyatt has tremendous size and length. As a long strider, he covers a lot of ground in little time.

Clyatt manages the middle of the field. His range allows him to cover from sideline-to-sideline, and his ball skills make him a threat to intercept passes that sail over the middle.

Cam Johnson | St. Frances (MD)

Cornerback: 6’0”, 170 lbs

Class: 2022

Offers: 13

Cam Johnson has excellent technique. His hips are fluid, his backpedal is smooth and he changes direction effortlessly, which allows him to be successful in man coverage even when playing on an island.

At 6-feet tall, Johnson has nice length and a frame that he will grow into. The rising junior has legitimate “lockdown corner” potential.

Jalen “Buck” McCain | Flowers (MD)

Defensive Back: 6’0, 190

Class: 2021

Committed: Boston College

Jalen McCain is a versatile defensive back capable of making plays from all over the field. He can line up as a boundary-corner or in the slot versus spread offenses, as he displays proficiency in both zone and man coverage.

McCain is a skilled blitzer, has the speed and field awareness to defend in two-deep looks and thrives as a box safety, where his physicality and tackling abilities are on full display.

Will Simpkins III | Quince Orchard (MD)

Cornerback: 6’2”, 180 lbs

Class: 2021

Committed: University of Virginia

Simpkins has a Div.-I body type and he uses it to his advantage. He’s physical at the line of scrimmage and excels at redirecting receivers, making it difficult for them to get into their routes.

His hand-fighting techniques are superb. He has loose hips and solid ball skills. Simpkins is capable of taking away an entire side of the field.

Jalen Stroman | Patriot (VA)

Safety: 6’1”, 195 lbs

Class: 2021

Committed: Virgina Tech

Jalen Stroman is developing into a special student athlete. He’s a big hitter who is most effective coming down hill and attacking. When defending the run, he’s equally adequate at filling the hole as he is setting the edge.

In pass coverage, Stroman displays an ability to undercut routes and break on the ball. He also displays the range to play deep centerfield.

Joshua Thompson | St. John’s (DC)

Cornerback: 6’2”, 190 lbs

Class: 2022

Offers: 8

Joshua Thompson thrives in press coverage. He has the physicality to manhandle receivers at the line, and the length to recover and make plays on the ball.

As a rising junior, his stock is on the rise. Thompson should develop into a 25-plus offer student athlete.

Dante Trader | McDonogh (MD)

Safety: 6’0”, 185 lbs

Class: 2021

Committed: Maryland

Dante Trader is a natural center-fielder who displays excellent range and ball skills. His footwork and technique allow him to cover ground efficiently. He’s a sound tackler who consistently finds himself around the ball.

What he lacks in size, he makes up for in instincts. Trader does an excellent job of diagnosing plays; seeing what’s in front of him and flowing accordingly.

Zakee Wheatley | Archbishop Spalding (MD)

Safety: 6’3”, 190 lbs

Class: 2021

Committed: Penn State

Zakee Wheatley is a big time student athlete who makes plays all over the field. He has the coverage skills to line up on the outside, as well as the size and physicality to run with tight ends down the seam.

Wheatley is a heavy hitter who provides support against the run and routinely uses his force to separate man from ball.