An early look at early re­cruit­ing

2017 sign­ing day just passed — so nat­u­rally it’s time to start think­ing about 2018

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - BY ERIC GOLDWEIN eric.goldwein@wash­ Ex­cerpted from all­met­

Na­tional Sign­ing Day 2017 might be in the books, but it’s never too early to start look­ing ahead to next year. The 2018 re­cruit­ing class projects to be an­other strong group for the D.C. area, with a num­ber of pub­lic and pri­vate school play­ers al­ready land­ing of­fers from pow­er­house pro­grams.

A lot can change in the next 12 months, but here are some of the play­ers who could be fi­nal­iz­ing their col­lege de­ci­sions Feb. 7, 2018.

RB Ricky Slade, Hyl­ton, 5-foot 10, 182 pounds

Ri­vals’ 56th-ranked player in the 2018 class, Slade is com­ing off an­other im­pres­sive sea­son in which he rushed for 1,792 yards (10 per carry) and 20 touch­downs de­spite bat­tling a knee in­jury early in the sea­son. He has been an im­pact player since his fresh­man year, and on Fri­day he picked Penn State among of­fers from 20 Di­vi­sion I schools.

DB An­thony Lyt­ton Jr., Wise, 5-11, 170

The two-way stand­out helped lead Wise to an­other dom­i­nant Mary­land 4A state ti­tle run and could be a ma­jor as­set in the sec­ondary for what­ever team signs him. A five-star prospect ranked 66th in his class by Ri­vals, Lyt­ton has of­fers from ma­jor pro­grams such as Florida State, Mary­land, Clem­son and Penn State.

DT Austin Fon­taine, DeMatha, 6-2, 312

Mary­land, Clem­son and Ge­or­gia are among the top schools to hand this Stags line­man an of­fer. Fon­taine, an All-Met hon­or­able men­tion on the of­fen­sive line, helped DeMatha win a fourth con­sec­u­tive Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle and is ranked 127th by Ri­vals.

OL Jae­lyn Dun­can, North­ern, 6-6, 301

The im­pos­ing four-star of­fen­sive tackle has of­fers from Ohio State and Mary­land, among oth­ers.

WR Daniel Ge­orge, Oxon Hill, 6-1, 197

An All-Met and all-around athlete, Ge­orge be­came a force dur­ing the Clip­pers’ best sea­son in 20 years, fin­ish­ing with 45 catches for 873 yards and 15 touch­downs. He has of­fers from Bos­ton Col­lege, Mary­land, Penn State and North Carolina State, among oth­ers.

DB Noah Boykin, H.D. Wood­son 6-2, 162

Part of a stacked War­riors ju­nior class, Boykin pos­sesses a rare com­bi­na­tion of size and ath­leti­cism to ex­cel at the next level. Michi­gan State, Mary­land, Syra­cuse and Pitts­burgh are on the rapidly grow­ing list of schools to hand the de­fen­sive back an of­fer. Ju­niors Ed­ward Hen­drix, Vin­cent Flythe and My­chale Salahud­din are also get­ting of­fers from Di­vi­sion I pro­grams.

OL Rasheed Walker, North Point, 6-5, 265

The of­fers started com­ing in last spring, and they haven’t stopped. Florida, Penn State, Vir­ginia Tech, Vir­ginia and Mary­land are among those in­ter­ested.

DL-OL Spencer An­der­son, McNa­mara, 6-5, 270

Ken­tucky and Pitts­burgh of­fered schol­ar­ships to the Mus­tangs’ be­he­moth, and that may be just the be­gin­ning.

WR Dil­lon Spald­ing, South County, 6-1, 215

The All-Met caught 67 passes for 1,069 yards and 14 touch­downs and, with the help of sev­eral re­mark­able touch­down re­cep­tions, con­tin­ued his emer­gence as a top threat on one of the area’s best of­fenses With a 4.6 40-yard dash, Spald­ing has gar­nered of­fers from North Carolina State, Rut­gers, Syra­cuse, Ten­nessee and Vir­ginia Tech.

OL Jor­dan Funk, Da­m­as­cus, 6-3, 230

The lit­tle brother of Mary­land run­ning back Jake Funk has been do­ing big things the past cou­ple sea­sons. The ath­letic line­man has of­fers from Army and Navy; line­mate Michael Jur­gens, a sec­ond team All-Met, is also gen­er­at­ing col­lege in­ter­est. QB Kevin Doyle, St. John’s, 6-4, 200 The Malvern Prep trans­fer joins St. John’s with a hand­ful of Di­vi­sion I of­fers, in­clud­ing Bos­ton Col­lege, Ken­tucky, Michi­gan State, Pitts­burgh, Toledo, Tem­ple, Syra­cuse, Mis­sis­sippi and Ne­braska. Doyle is a pro-style quar­ter­back and is slot­ted at No. 228 in ESPN’s 2018 re­cruit­ing rank­ings.

QB Doc Bon­ner, Quince Or­chard, 5-11, 189

Tow­son was the first school to bite, and more schools could fol­low for the dual threat who helped lead the Cougars to the Mary­land 4A state fi­nal.

DE Tyler Bay­lor, Good Coun­sel, 6-6, 220

The grand­son of NBA leg­end El­gin Bay­lor en­tered the Ol­ney school as a bas­ket­ball player but quickly emerged as a Di­vi­sion I foot­ball prospect. Bay­lor has schol­ar­ship of­fers from Ken­tucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Rut­gers, and ma­jor pro­grams such as Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, Ten­nessee and UCLA are show­ing in­ter­est.

DT Evan Gre­gory, DeMatha, 6-4, 286

Mary­land, Rut­gers, Vir­ginia and Penn State are among the roughly 10 schools of­fer­ing schol­ar­ships. DL Cam Goode, St. John’s, 6-0, 315 The de­fen­sive tackle has gar­nered of­fers from the likes of Michi­gan State, Pitts­burgh, Toledo, Rut­gers and Wake For­est.

CB Day­mon Wil­liams, Riverdale Bap­tist, 5-11, 175

The speed­ster — who ran a 4.5 40yard dash — re­ceived an of­fer from Mar­shall last year and could gen­er­ate more in­ter­est this spring.


Hyl­ton’s Ricky Slade, shown against Pa­triot in 2014, com­mit­ted to Penn State on Fri­day from among a bevy of ma­jor of­fers.

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