Fall All-metro

Football

December 12, 2007

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Cody Blue

Wilde Lake, lineman

Blue was a standout on both sides of the football for the No. 12 Wildecats (10-3), who advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals. Committed to the University of Maryland, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound senior two-way tackle nearly was immovable. He clogged up running lanes on the defensive front and laid out foes to clear the way for his running backs. Blue, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds and was a three-year starter, opened lanes and cleared out linemen and linebackers with his brute strength. He can pull, trap and drive block, and played a major role in the Wildecats having two 1,000-yard rushers in Ashton Hayes and Jerrel Epps.

Jeff Braun

Winters Mill, lineman

A three-year, two-way starting center-defensive lineman for the Falcons, the 6-5, 315-pound senior was a monster in pads. Braun, who has committed orally to play at West Virginia, has been an All-Carroll County and All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League selection for the past three years. According to coach Ken Johnson, Braun can play on either side of the ball at the next level. With his size, 5.5-time in the 40-yard dash and strength (he set a record for most bench reps at the 2007 Nike Baltimore combine), Braun is very imposing at center. On defense, Braun, ranked No. 44 at his position by Rivals.com, made 57 tackles.

Michael Campanaro

River Hill, running back

A second-team pick a year ago, Campanaro emerged as one of the metro area's most feared runners this season as a junior. Campanaro, 5-10 and 175 pounds, is fast (4.4 in the 40), strong and elusive. Campanaro led the top-ranked Hawks (14-0) to a state championship game for a second straight season, and they beat No. 6 Eastern Tech in the final. A threat to score from anywhere on the field, Campanaro ran for 1,884 yards with four 200-yard games to pace a spread offense that totaled more than 4,300 rushing yards. He already has received scholarship offers from Maryland, Akron and Northwestern.

James Carmon

City, lineman

Carmon, a repeat first-team selection, had another stellar season for the Knights (8-3), according to coach George Petrides. Undecided on a college, Carmon, 6-7 and 330 pounds, is mulling over several offers. The senior is projected to be a prospect on both sides. This season, the intimidating interior lineman improved his technique on power-blocking and pass-blocking. On defense, Carmon, a menacing pass rusher, had 53 tackles, nine sacks and three fumble recoveries. He played especially well at the end of the season.

Lane Clelland

McDonogh, lineman

Clelland, a 6-5, 275-pound senior, is ranked by Rivals.com as Maryland's premier lineman and No. 2 prospect overall behind Ohio State-bound Lamaar Thomas of Friendly in Prince George's County. A three-year starter for the No. 8 Eagles (6-4), Clelland has a football scholarship to Notre Dame. He has wonderful technique with great first-step acceleration and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. Clelland, who had 20 scholarship offers before settling on Notre Dame, was projected by Rivals.com as "an elite prospect with pro potential." Clelland, one of the area's most physical players, is fundamentally sound run- and pass-blocking.

Nick Elko

Arundel, quarterback-punter

Anne Arundel County's Offensive Player of the Year, Elko broke several county and state records with his prolific passing in the Wildcats' no-huddle spread offense, and also was the team's leading rusher. Elko, a 6-2, 190-pound senior, completed 260 of 430 passes for 3,091 yards and a state public school-record 43 touchdown passes, while being intercepted nine times. Elko was 34-for-52 for 299 yards and three touchdowns in the No. 4 Wildcats' 36-30 loss to Quince Orchard in the Class 4A state final. He finished with a state-record 3,993 yards of total offense.

Brandon Johnson-Farrell

Arundel, wide receiver

Johnson-Farrell had a record-setting season and three-year career as Elko's favorite target in the Wildcats' no-huddle spread offense. The speedy 5-10, 185-pound senior playmaker with great hands and acrobatic moves set state single-season records for receptions (103), yards (1,394) and touchdown catches (23). In addition, Johnson-Farrell owns state career records for receptions (174) and touchdown receptions (40). This season, Johnson-Farrell scored 27 touchdowns, including two on kickoffs and two on punt returns.

Lonnie Liggins

Hereford, running back

The speedy Liggins led a Bulls offense that produced more than 600 points out of its wing T. A 5-9, 185-pound senior, Liggins ran for 1,321 yards and 23 touchdowns. He scored 26 times overall. His three non-rushing touchdowns came via two kickoffs, one for a team-record 99 yards, and an interception. Liggins, who plays in the secondary when he is not running the football, finished with three interceptions.

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