An early look at early recruiting
2017 signing day just passed — so naturally it’s time to start thinking about 2018
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.