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What to watch for on National Signing Day in the DMV

What to watch for on National Signing Day in the DMV

National signing day is an opportunity for student-athletes to put pen to paper and officially pledge their allegiance to their school of choice.

Here are 10 big-time student-athletes to keep an eye on.

1. Jordan Addison: 

The 4-star athlete from Tuscarora verbally committed to Pitt on June 22 and is considered a lock to sign with the Panthers. A potential cause of concern for the Panthers is that Addison took an official visit to Maryland in December. Mike Locksley has the Terps program moving in the right direction. The urge to stay close to home could be powerful.

2. Corey Dyches: 

Dyches accounted for 13 touchdowns and over 1,300 yards from scrimmage leading Potomac to the Maryland 2A state championship game. The wide receiver is a verbal commit to the University of Maryland, but it will be interesting to see what effect the Terps flip of St. John’s 5-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett has on Dyches. Are their enough passes to be caught to keep them both in College Park? If not, Boston College could be in play for the electric two-sport star.

3. Charles Bell VI: The championship-winning safety has served as leader of the Quince Orchard defense. Bell rescinded his verbal commit to Syracuse in December and re-opened his recruitment. A visit to Georgia last week opened eyes, but it is more likely Bell chooses Marshall - unless DMV native Aazaar Adul-Rahim convinces him to take another look at Boston College.

4. Dominque Perry: The 3-star SDE form Northwest was a stalwart for the Jaguars’ stingy defense. The run-stopping specialist holds offers from Boston College, Louisville and Syracuse, but anticipate him signing with Cincinnati.

5. Keyshawn Hunter: Hunter was a leader for H.D. Woodson. The 3-star DT is an Old Dominion verbal commit. Though East Carolina is still a possibility, all signs point to Hunter signing with Old Dominion.

6. Ruquan Brown: Ruquan is a speedster from Theodore Roosevelt who presently holds 24 offers. Excelling at wide receiver, safety and in the classroom, Brown epitomizes what it means to be a scholar-athlete. With Harvard, Princeton and Cornell amongst his options, anticipate him signing with an Ivy.

7. Sy’Veon Wilkerson: One of the more explosive student-athletes in the DMV, Good Counsel rode this workhorse running back all the way to a WCAC championship. Proving his reliability, durability and pass-catching skills, Wilkerson’s recruitment began to pick up in December. Bowie State is a likely landing spot for the talented Wilkerson.

8. Haris Khan: Dangerous edge rusher for Virginia Class 6 state champion South County. In one season, Khan went from virtual unknown to VA 6A defensive player of the year. Following the championship run, Khan received his first Division 1 offer from Saint Francis University. Look for Haris to sign with SFU.

9. Ryan Jones: The unquestioned leader of Friendship Collegiate Academy’s back-to-back DCSAA city championship-winning defense, Jones is a football savant. Though undersized, his ability to read-and-react is uncanny and he plays with a passion for the game that is second to none. Though he holds an offer from Virginia Tech, a reunion with FCA alum Aazaar Abdul-Rahim at Boston College is a possibility.

10. Ahmad McDuffie: The hard-hitting linebacker from H.D. Woodson made a name for himself by making big plays in big moments. McDuffie holds an offer from Virginia, which is where his former teammate Tenyeh Dixon now plays. But Temple’s defensive scheme may prove to be a better landing spot for the ILB.

Triple-jumper Jordyn Johnson on her senior season being cut short

Triple-jumper Jordyn Johnson on her senior season being cut short

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, a number of high school seniors saw their final sports seasons cut short. At NBC Sports Washington, we invited them to share their stories. This one comes to us from Archbishop Carroll senior track and field student-athlete Jordyn Johnson.

Walking into 2020, I had different notions about my senior year. Starting and finishing my indoor season with great numbers I expected my outdoor season to be a phenomenal way to end my high school career. With the wins I was accumulating, I made first-team All-Met and finished my season ranked in the top 10 nationally in the triple jump but missing out on the New Balance Indoor Nationals and a chance to compete and challenge the best the country has to offer.

Knowing that my outdoor season has been stripped away, it's traumatic because I was looking forward to competing at Mt. SAC relays in California, Penn relays, our WCAC conference championship and our outdoor state championship. The suspension has affected me not only from improving my numbers but it has caused major setbacks in training.

It’s overwhelming when you know all the things you worked hard for is being stripped away within a heartbeat. Not only is it taking away my last track meets in high school but it has caused a delay in my prom and graduation. Something I have been waiting for my entire life.

To deal with this devastating news I have consumed myself with my school work, FaceTime, movies, TikToks with family, going on runs in my neighborhood, and focusing on getting ready for my freshman season of college track at Delaware State.

READ MORE FROM HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS HERE.

 

Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about why he picked the schools in his final 5

Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about why he picked the schools in his final 5

Caleb Williams, the 5-star quarterback out of Gonzaga College High School, dropped his final five of college options last Monday: Maryland, Penn State, Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma.

According to Caleb’s father, Carl Williams, they plan to make a final decision about which program he'll attend before the new school year starts. They want Caleb to be able to enjoy his senior season and focus on recruiting other student athletes to come with him wherever he chooses to go.

I had a conversation with Caleb to find out what stood out to him about each of these programs and why they made the cut.

When I think of Penn State, I think, “We Are.” Happy Valley has an amazing football community steeped in tradition. Why are you potentially interested in playing for Coach [James] Franklin?

Other than the 110K fans they have each week -- I’ve known Coach Franklin since freshman year, and I’ve known a few of the other coaches on staff since before then, so it’s all about relationship building.

Beyond that, their fans are great. I went to the Blue/White game, and they were just as loud as if it were a real game and they were playing Michigan or Ohio State.

In considering the [Clemson] Tigers, not only do they offer the “ALL IN” championship culture, but also the potential of playing for a coach like Dabo Swinney, who dances and goes out of his way to connect with student athletes. What attracts you to Clemson?

Like you said, Coach Dabo… he’s a mature kid. He’s awesome [laughs]. He’s awesome and he’s really genuine. He’s a Christian man, and you can’t really beat that.

He doesn’t consider what he’s doing “work.” He loves going in and doing what he’s supposed to do in life. 

LSU is the defending National Champion -- so they have that in their favor -- and Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow starred at quarterback with the Tigers. Last season’s offensive coordinator Joe Brady has left for the NFL, though. Why are you still considering LSU?

Coach O [Ed Orgeron]. He kind of makes you want to run through a brick wall at times. On game day, when you have that juice running through you, there’s not much anybody else can do to you. When you have love for the game [individually] and are willing to run through a brick wall, you should be unstoppable. 

And their fans… if you haven’t been to an LSU game, you need to go. They say some things I can’t say on social media, but it’s an awesome experience. You’ll laugh and have a great time.

What coach [Lincoln] Riley has been able to do with quarterbacks at Oklahoma is unheard of. Every year they have a Heisman candidate at QB putting up huge numbers. How do you see yourself fitting into that Boomer Sooner system?

If you look at the last four years or so, I believe I can do just about anything Kyler [Murray], Baker [Mayfield] or [Jalen] Hurts have done either physically or mentally. And if you look at the history of Oklahoma football -- they’ve produced hall of famers both at the NFL and college level. Also, with Coach Riley being who he is; an awesome family man and awesome coach, you can’t really beat that.

The University of Maryland makes your top five, and the DMV community is going nuts over that. Coach [Mike] Locksley is building something special. [Wide receiver] Rakim Jarret is attempting to lead the next “Stay Home Movement.” If you choose the Terps, it’ll blow the roof off this thing.

I’ve known coach Locksley and coach Scottie Montgomery for years now. I’ve known coach Scottie since he was at Duke with coach [David] Cutcliffe, Peyton Manning’s coach, and I’ve known coach Locksley since he was at Alabama when they were recruiting me.

Over time, they’ve continued to recruit me and now that coach Locksley is back home, Maryland is on the list.

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