Baltimore County/ City high school football preview

CITY PLAYERS TO WATCH 1993

September 02, 1993|By Lem Satterfield

Robert Arther, Forest Park, Sr., RB-LB, 5-10, 170 -- He totaled 580 yards rushing with seven TDs -- three of which came from farther than 75 yards away. His speed is nearing 4.5 in the 40-yard --.

Dwight Banks, City, Sr., WR-DB, 6-1, 180 -- This returning All-City and second-team All-Met pick has caught 49 passes for 1,036 yards and nine TDs in two seasons. He may be the area's most highly recruited Division I prospect.

Jamie Biddison, Gilman, Sr., LB, 6-0, 190 -- This All-Metro player earned 1992 All-City Defensive Player of the Year honors. Biddison had 156 tackles (104 solo with 14 going for a loss), a sack, four interceptions and a defensive TD. He returned kickoffs and was Gilman's third-leading receiver (seven catches, five TDs).

Shawn Brodie, Mervo, Sr., C-DL, 6-2, 300 -- This veteran moves swiftly (5.1-second 40-yard --) for his size, with quick foot movement and "is definitely Division I," said coach John Blake. "If anyone gets in his way, he'll get the job done."

Joe Brown, Poly, Sr., OL-DL, 6-0, 280 -- The stabilizing force for the Engineers' attack, Brown was a first-team All-City and second-team All-Metro pick last season.

Mike Cangemi, Boys' Latin, Sr., RB-DB, 5-9, 155 -- A 4.5-second 40-yard -- runner, Cangemi rushed for 1,027 yards and 11 TDs last year. "He's got great speed and he's really been hitting the weights," said coach Drew Haugh.

Bernard Cox, Southern, Sr., G-DT, 5-10, 214 -- He's slight of build, but Cox -- one of the Bulldogs' 10 returning starters -- is "a big-play maker," said coach Jack Nehsmann. "He's got good leg drive while blocking, and a nose for the ball on defense."

Ricky Dangerfield, City, Sr., RB, 5-6, 160 -- A third-year starter, Dangerfield used his 4.4-second, 40-yard -- speed to rush for 757 yards and 13 TDs last season.

Dennis Harding, Lake Clifton, Sr., WR-DB, 6-1, 170 -- Harding excelled through a 1-9 season with more than 700 yards on 47 receptions and five TDs. "He's being recruited by many of the same schools that want [City's Dwight] Banks," said coach David White.

Lamont Hector, Northern, Sr., DT-OT-G, 6-4, 240 -- This huge speedster clocks 4.6 in the 40-yard -- and "is a big hitter who goes and really gets it," said coach Ike Hemphill. Representatives of Miami, Fla., Penn State, Purdue and Notre Dame are interested.

XTC Rashaad Kitchen, Poly, Sr., LB, 6-2, 195 -- A hard-hitting sure tackler, Kitchen enters his third starting season and is the Engineers' top returning tackler and pass rusher.

Greg Kyler, Poly, Sr., DB-RB; 6-2, 175 -- A runner with 4.4-second, 40-yard -- speed, Kyler rushed for more than 700 yards and seven TDs last year and is dangerous as a receiver and on defense.

Alvin Ledbetter, Edmondson, Sr., OT-DE, 6-4, 240 -- A third-year starter, Ledbetter is called "definitely Division I" by coach James James. "The key with him is he's a leader and he's very coachable," James said.

Sean Lipscomb, Dunbar, Sr., S-WR, 5-10, 170 -- He caught 28 passes for more than 700 yards and five TDs and had eight interceptions on defense. "I think he's one of the best athletes in the area," said coach Stanley Mitchell.

Xavier Logan, City, Sr., OL-DL, 6-0, 260 -- A second-team All-City pick, Logan is fast (4.8-second 40-yard --) for his size with excellent skills on offense and defense. "There are several colleges interested in him," said coach George Petrides.

Willie McGirt, Patterson, Jr., QB-DB, 6-3, 185 -- A muscular specimen, McGirt completed 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,175 yards and 12 TDs last year and kicked five extra points.

Eddie Pailen, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., 5-11, 180 -- Though an injured ankle limited Pailen -- who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard -- -- to eight of 11 games last year, he rushed for 933 yards and caught passes for 279 more.

Stacey Plater, Patterson, Sr., SE-CB, 5-9, 160 -- This second-team All-City pick has been the Clippers' leading receiver the past two seasons, with 629 receiving yards (an 18.5 average) and five TDs last year.

Tommy Polley, Dunbar, Soph., LB, 6-4, 185 -- This second-team All-City performer is the Poets' top returning tackler after ranking third among the team's defenders last year.

Dylan Schlott, Gilman, Sr., TE-DE, 6-2, 210 -- Schlott, a second-team All-City pick, blocks well, caught 16 passes for 286 yards and two TDs and is a sure tackler on defense.

Earl Smith, Patterson, Sr., CB, 5-9, 170 -- "He's being heavily recruited," coach Roger Wrenn said of Smith, who had 40 tackles and 12 broken-up pass plays and amassed 156 yards and two TDs on seven interception returns.

Lou Smith, Southern, Sr., OT-DT, 6-5, 295 -- "An overpowering-type of player," says coach Jack Nehsmann. "He's going to be one of the best in the area." Syracuse is looking at him.

Julius Weems, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., RB-DB, 5-11, 180 -- Weems, who runs a 4.4-second 40-yard --, should add significantly to last year's rushing total of 490 yards.

Jimmy Zimmerman, Gilman, Sr., RB-DB, 5-9, 160 -- A slashing runner and a hard-hitting defender, Zimmerman rushed for 633 yards and three TDs, caught 18 passes for 227 yards and four TDs and passed for another TD.

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