Written by Josh Ilori – @jilori_22
Brendon Clark 6’2”-217lbs (Sr) – Manchester High School [VA] Notre Dame Commit
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 13 Games, 165 Completions, 60.7 Completion %, 2006 Passing Yards, 28 Touchdowns, 4 Interceptions, 130 Carries, 688 Rush Yards, 12 Rush Touchdowns
The Manchester signal-caller put the Nation on notice with his 2017 campaign. Clark threw for 2006 yards with a completion percentage of 60.7% only 4 interceptions while scoring 40 touchdowns. Those numbers earned Clark an invite to the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition where he made it to the Finals. With such a productive summer Clark looks poised to have one of the best seasons a DMV passer has had in 2018.
Jalon Jones 6’3”-180lbs (Sr) – Henrico High School [VA] Florida Commit
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 8 Games, 34 Completions, 53.1 Completion %, 536 Passing Yards, 4 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions, 41 Carries, 457 Rush Yards, 4 Rush Touchdowns
After taking ‘a year abroad’ where he helped the St. Frances finish ranked #4 on the USA Today Sports Super 25 Jones is returning to Henrico for the conclusion of his high school career. The future Gator should lead the Warriors deep into the Virginia 5A playoffs as his combination of athleticism and arm talent frustrate defensive coaches in the Richmond area.
Caleb Williams 6’0” – 190lbs (So) – Gonzaga College [DC]
2018 MaxPreps Sophomore 2nd Team All-American,
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 8 Games, 95 Completions, 59 Completion %, 1246 Passing Yards, 12 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions
Time and time again Williams proved he belonged along the top passers in the class of 2021 while guiding Gonzaga to an appearance in the WCAC title game. His composure in the pocket helped him earn national acclaim and Williams has only gotten better this off-season.
Devyn Ford 5’11” – 195lbs (Sr) – North Stafford [VA] Penn State Commit
2018 MaxPreps 2nd Team All-American,
2017 Stats (per 247sports.com): 246 Carries, 2056 Rush Yards, 32 Rushing Touchdowns, 8.36 Average
After rushing for an average of 8.36 yards per carry in 2017 Ford showed us he’s ready to be a workhorse back at the next level. The Penn State commit’s combination of speed and physicality make him difficult to bring down in the open field and a home run threat in the return game. Be sure to look out for his highlights every weekend this season.
Kelian Robinson – 5’9” – 184lbs (Sr) – St. John’s College [DC] Alabama Commit
2017 Stats (per Washington Post All-Mets): 11 Games, 129 Carries, 739 Rush Yards, 5 Rushing Touchdowns, 5.73 Ave, 32 Catches, 359 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving Touchdowns, 11.22 Average, 1,098 All-Purpose Yards
Robinson was instrumental for the Cadets offense during as their ended their title drought last season. With a newcomer under center the future Alabama back will be an important factor in ever facet of St. John’s offense. With how St. John’s uses him as a receiver out of the backfield Robinson could lead the DMV in all-purpose yards.
Joachim Bangda – 5’10” 228lbs (Sr) – St. Frances Academy [MD]
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 7 Games, 90 Carries, 626 Rushing Yards, 17 Rushing Touchdowns, 6.96 Average, 4 Catches, 33 Receiving Yards, 659 All-Purpose Yards
A power back in the purest sense Bangda was pivotal to the Panthers having one of the nation’s best rushing attacks. With the departure of Jones, St. Frances’ offense will lean on Bangda among others to control the line of scrimmage and the pace of games this fall. I’m sure that a couple more teams will join 13 who’ve offered him by seasons end.
Blake Corum – 5’9” 180lbs (Jr) – St. Frances Academy [MD]
2017 Stats: Unavaliable
After tearing up defenses in the MIAA B Conference at St. Vincent Pallotti, Corum joins the St. Frances Academy offense. One of the most dynamic athletes in the region Corum will play in the slot and the backfield for the Panthers. Each time he get’s the ball, especially on the outside Corum will be a homerun threat on one of the nation’s most talented units.
Marshawn Lloyd – 5’10” 210lbs (Jr) – DeMatha Catholic [MD]
2017 Stats (per Washington Post All-Mets): 3 Games, 46 Carries, 250 Rushing Yards, 4 Rushing Touchdowns, 3 Catches, 14 Receiving Yards, 264 All-Purpose Yards
Despite only playing three games in 2017 due to a Week 1 injury Lloyd is one of the top ranked running backs in his class with 17 offers. Blessed with agility and speed which is rarely seen Lloyd is phenomenal moving through traffic and near impossible to catch in the open field. By the end of the season Lloyd should be a household name.
Rakim Jarrett – 6’0” 182lbs (Jr) – St. John’s College [DC]
2018 MaxPreps Junior 1st Team All-American,
2017 Stats (per Washington Post All-Mets): 11 Games, 44 Catches, 512 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown, 11.64 Average
Jarrett established himself as one of the Nation’s best receivers last year. The Cadets’ top pass catcher used his combination of speed and leaping ability to terrorize WCAC secondaries all of 2017. Despite entering the season with his 3rd Quarterback in as many years Jarret’s production should reach new levels his Junior year as he continues to learn the high school game.
Ben Castellano – 6’4” 225lbs (Sr) – Woodgrove High School [VA] Richmond Commit
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 8 Games, 61 Catches, 804 Receiving Yards, 9 Touchdowns, 13.2 Average
Whether you consider Castellano a Wide Receiver, or a Tight End really comes down to your point of preference, especially with those blurring of positional lines. However, what isn’t up for debate is his production. Castellano is a weapon on the outside who gives the Wolverines’ offense an extra gear.
Sean Allen – 6’0” 155lbs (Sr) – Hopewell High School [VA]
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 15 Games, 47 Catches, 1017 Receiving Yards, 12 Touchdowns, 21.6 Average, 12 Carries, 45 Rushing Yards, 3.8 Average, 13 Kick Returns, 327 Kick Return Yards, 25.2 Average, 11 Punt Returns, 218 Punt Return Yards, 19.8 Average, 1607 All-Purpose Yards
Allen was a huge part of the Blue Devil’s Virginia 3A title campaign scoring on 25.53% of his 47 catches in 2017. With the graduations of Greg Cuffey and Ronnie Walker Jr. Hopewell’s offense will look to Allen pick up his production. That shouldn’t be an issue for Allen, a speed freak with the ability to score anytime he touches the ball [545 total return yards in 2017].
Isaiah Hazel – 6’1” 190lbs (Sr) – Wise High School [MD] West Virginia Commit
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 10 Games, 19 Catches, 348 Receiving Yards, 6 Touchdowns, 18.3 Average
Hazel doesn’t have the production of the other receivers on the All-DMV 1st Team, but that’s a function of the Pumas run heavy offense. The future Mountaineer scored on 31.6% of his receptions in 2017 and averaged 18.3 yards per reception as well. Hazel has increased his production each year at Wise and that shouldn’t stop this year.
Tight End/ Fullback
Kyle Bilodeau – 6’5.5” 238lbs (Sr) – Woodberry Forest [VA] Purdue Commit
2017 Stats (per Hudl self-reporting): 50 Catches, 54 Targets, 664 Receiving Yards, 6 Touchdowns, 13.3 Average
With 50 receptions, Bilodeau’s 2017 solidified his spot along the top Tight Ends in America. The Tiger is the DMV’s best red zone target and can use every inch of his 6’5” frame to win jump balls. His route running, and vision helps the Purdue commit find the holes in coverage. With the graduation of Will Wideman whoever takes over as Woodberry’s Quarterback will have Bilodeau as their top target.
Joe Bearns – 6’0” 240lbs (So) – St. Frances Academy [MD]
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 1 Game, 1 Catch, 11 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown
Another Football University alumnus to make the first team All-DMV offense, Bearns was the consummate tight end for the Panthers as a freshman. Thanks to his blocking ability St. Frances uses Bearns all over the field in multiple formations. That and his talent as a receiver means coordinators must be aware where Bearns is on the field, especially inside the 20.
Landon Tengwall – 6’6” 300lbs (So) – Good Counsel [MD]
After manhandling MIAA Defensive Lines during his freshman year Tengwall will face off against the WCAC at Good Counsel. Blessed with fleet feet Tengwall can put his helmet on any opponent. The Falcons offense will hit another level after adding this blue-chipper to anchor their dominate Offensive Line.
Jesse Hanson – 6’5”295lbs (Sr) – Lord Botetourt High School [VA] Virginia Tech Commit
I don’t know if they have an IHOP (or whatever we’re calling that place now) in Daleville Virginia, but if there is they need to make Hanson an honorary manger. The future Hokie dominates the trenches and probably would lead Virginia in pancakes if we tracked that.
Jestus Johnson – 6’3” 300lbs (Jr) – Gonzaga College [DC]
It’s never more apparent how important the play at Center is to a successful offense than when things are going wrong. That’s why Johnson was the unsung hero of the Eagles offense as the leader of the offensive line. His consistency was instrumental to giving Caleb Williams a clean pocket last year.
Anton Harrison – 6’5” 315lbs (Jr) – Archbishop Carroll [DC]
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 8 Games, 4 Pancakes, 20 Tackles, 13 Solo Tackles, 2 Sacks, 3 Quarterback Hurries, 2 Forced Fumbles, 2 Fumble Recoveries
It’s counter-intuitive to describe a player over 300lbs as athletic; but after watching Harrison get off the line of scrimmage it makes sense. A two-sport athlete [Varsity Basketball] for the Lions Harrison dominates the trenches from both sides of the line of scrimmage. With Harrison as an anchor Archbishop Carroll are contenders in their WCAC divisions.
Walter Rouse – 6’6” 285lbs (Sr) – Sidwell Friends [DC]
2017 Stats (per MaxPreps): 9 Games, 2 Carries, 6 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing Touchdowns, 96 Tackles, 54 Solo Tackles, 3 Sacks
Rouse is probably the best prospect the Quakers have had this century. He uses every inch of his 6’6” frame to keep opposing defenders off-balance. With excellent footwork Rouse is comfortable in virtually every offensive situation.
Quinten Johnson (SS/WR) – 5’11” 190lbs (Sr) – St. John’s College [DC] Michigan Commit
2017 Stats (per Washington Post All-Mets): 10 Games, 1 Completion, 50 Completion %, 33 Passing Yards, 5 Carries, 8 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing Touchdowns, 20 Catches, 383 Receiving Yards, 8 Receiving Touchdowns, 424 All-Purpose Yards
Johnson played a pivotal role for St. John’s when they captured the WCAC all over the field. Whether he was lined up at Wide Receiver, Strong Safety or Wildcat Quarterback the future Wolverine understanding of the game helped him make plays. If the Cadets are going to repeat as Conference Champions Johnson will be right there leading the way.
DeMarcco Hellams (FS/WR) – 6’1” 203lbs (Sr) – DeMatha Catholic [MD] Alabama Commit
2017 Stats (per Washington Post All-Mets): 5 Games, 15 Carries, 70 Rushing Yards, 14 Catches, 209 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving Touchdowns, 14.9 Average, 279 All-Purpose Yards
(per MaxPreps): 5 Games, 15 Catches, 266 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown, 17.7 Average,
Hellams played a major role in the Stags turning their season around to make the playoffs. Whenever Quarterbacks Narjarian or Lenhart needed a big play in the passing game Hellams was their first look. Anytime the Bama commit had the ball in open field we saw the athleticism that has made him a 4-star prospect on both sides of the ball. Along with Nick Cross, Hellams makes the Stags’ secondary a no-fly zone.
Cam’Ron Kelly (CB/RB/QB) – 6’1” 190lbs (Sr) – Oscar Smith High School [VA] Auburn Commit
2017 Stats: Unavailable
Its difficult to state how important Kelly was to the Tigers as they made a run to the Virginia 6A State Finals. Regardless of if he was in the backfield lined up at Running Back or under center Kelly had a chance to make a highlight. But it’s defense where Kelly’s athleticism really shines; he’s the definition of a shutdown corner at the high school level.
Miles Thompson (QB/CB) – 5’11” 165lbs (Sr) – Flint Hill School [VA] Penn Commit
2017 Stats (Per Washington Post All-Mets): 11 Games, 84 Completions, 68.5 Completion %, 1782 Passing Yards, 6 Interceptions, 23 Passing Touchdowns, 52 Carries, 435 Rushing Yards, 6 Rushing Touchdowns, 8.37 Average
In his first season under center Thompson showed he can lead an offense as Huskies went undefeated in 2017. Thompson’s accuracy in and outside the pocket make him a nightmare to game-plan against. Especially because Thompson looks like a running back when he takes off downfield.