Players To Watch

High School Sports Football

September 02, 2005

Offense

Sheldon Bell

City, wide receiver

The Duke-bound, 6-foot-4, 190-pounder is a huge target who had 38 receptions for 713 yards and nine touchdowns. The senior is primed for a breakout season and is among the Knights' 12 returning starters.

Alan Bosworth

Dunbar, lineman

Adept at drive and pass blocking, the 6-2, 315-pound senior All-Metro player anchored a team whose offense generated 6,700 total yards - 4,521 rushing and 2,179 passing - en route to winning the Class 1A state title.

Ryan Callahan

Old Mill, running back

The deceptively strong, 5-7, 152-pound senior amassed 2,396 yards, 36 touchdowns and 216 total points. Towson, Akron, Kent State and James Madison have offered scholarships to the All-Metro performer.

Kevin Clancy

Westminster, quarterback

With a solid line and talent around him, Clancy returns for what should be another productive season. The 6-2, 180-pound senior completed 171 of 320 passes for 1,950 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also rushed for six touchdowns.

Raynard Horne

Overlea, running back

Having clocked a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at the Penn State Nike Camp, the 6-1, 200-pound senior is poised to surpass last year's 500-yard, 12-touchdown season. Horne has accepted a full scholarship to Virginia.

Brandon Johnson

Broadneck, running back

The 5-9, 200-pound, second-team All-Metro pick enters his senior season with 2,889 career rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns. Last season he rushed for 1,435 yards and 18 touchdowns. His 599 career carries are a school record.

Sean Price

Gilman, running back

A big but graceful player, the second-team All-Metro pick rushed for 1,051 yards and 13 touchdowns in just seven games. The 6-3, 205-pound senior, who also intercepted three passes, has been offered scholarships by Duke and Boston College.

Keith Richardson

Long Reach, all-purpose

The 5-9, 165-pound, second-team All-Metro pick rushed for 11 touchdowns, scored five others on kickoff and punt returns, and caught four touchdown passes. The junior also intercepted three passes.

Andrew Robinson

Calvert Hall, quarterback

Committed to a full scholarship to Syracuse, the 6-3, 217-pound senior clocked a 4.67-second 40-yard dash at the Nike combine at Penn State. He passed for 17 touchdowns and 1,280 yards for the Cardinals.

Marcus Taylor

Dunbar, quarterback

The 6-4, 185-pound senior passed for 2,013 yards and 25 touchdowns and also rushed for three scores. Taylor went 9-for-16 for 209 yards and threw the game-winning touchdown pass in the Poets' 16-14 win over Joppatowne in the Class 1A state title game.

Defense

Zach Brown

Wilde Lake, linebacker

The 6-2, 205-pound junior had six sacks and made 20 of 80 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. An excellent athlete, Brown was third at states in wrestling, a county and regional champ in the 100- and 200-meter dash and third at states in the 100.

Brian Carroll

Gilman, linebacker

The Greyhounds' No. 1 tackler and a second-team All-Metro pick, the 6-2, 215-pound senior had four sacks, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions. An All-Metro lacrosse midfielder, Carroll will play that sport at Virginia.

Kelley Cox

McDonogh, linebacker

Cox is coming off a second-team All-Metro season in which he had 13 sacks, recovered three of five forced fumbles and made 96 tackles, 44 solo. A 6-2, 230-pounder who also scored a touchdown on special teams, Cox is getting looks mostly from Ivy League schools.

Ben Eaton

Gilman, linebacker

A 5-11, 220-pound two-way player, Eaton ranked second on the team with 98 tackles, had four sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. A first-team All-City pick, the junior rushed for 535 yards and eight touchdowns.

Chris Eccleston

Mount Hebron, defensive back

A 6-1, 190-pounder, Eccleston had three interceptions and also scored 15 touchdowns on 821 rushing yards and 452 receiving yards. Eccleston is being recruited mostly by Ivy League programs.

Kenny Hunter

Havre de Grace, linebacker

A versatile athlete, the 6-3, 230-pound Hunter had six sacks and three fumble recoveries and caught 25 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter ran the third leg of the school's Class 1A state champion 400-meter relay team.

Aaron Maybin

Mount Hebron, defensive end

An All-Howard County first-team selection, Maybin led Mount Hebron to an 8-2 record with 84 tackles and 10 sacks. Maybin, a 6-4, 230-pounder, also could see action this year as a receiver.

Brian Taylor

Long Reach, linebacker

The 6-3, 236-pound second-team All-Metro pick was named Howard County's Defensive Player of the Year. Taylor has received interest from Towson, Delaware, Richmond and James Madison.

Spencer Washington

Joppatowne, nose guard

The returning All-Harford County pick led the Class 1A state runners-up with 66 solo tackles, 43 assists, six sacks and four fumble recoveries. The 6-foot, 295-pound two-way lineman is a solid Division I-AA recruit.

Rodney Webb

Milford Mill, defensive back

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