As promised here is the ESPNHS All-Area team which appears in the September issue that drops this week. We also added 51 more players you should keep an eye on this fall. Think we missed someone for the list, give us a shout on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or in the comments section below.
Note: The team is based on projected on-field performance and accomplishments, not necessarily recruiting potential. For a list of the top football recruits in the region, visit the following sites: Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.
First Team Offense
[QB] D’Von Dorsey, Friendly, Senior
Piled up more than 2,000 offensive yards as a junior
[QB] Connor Jessup, Broad Run, Senior
This 6-foot-4 signal-caller won a state title as a sophomore
[RB] Uriah Bethea, Wise, Senior
Shouldered the load on the ground (24 TDs) for Class 4A runner-up
[RB] Wes Brown, Good Counsel, Senior
Physical runner does a lot of damage between the tackles
[RB] Ronald Darby, Potomac (Md.), Senior
Notre Dame commit is also an elite sprinter
[RB] Albert Reid, Friendship Collegiate, Senior
Will continue career in West Virginia’s backfield
[WR] Brandon Banks, Gwynn Park, Senior
Caught 33 passes and scored eight TDs last fall
[WR] Zach Bradshaw, Damascus, Junior
Already has size (6-3,195) to be a major target at the next level
[WR] Stefon Diggs, Good Counsel, Senior
Had 127 receiving yards and three touchdowns in WCAC title game
[OL] Michael Madaras, Good Counsel, Senior
Had interest from multiple schools before picking Maryland
[OL] Ryan Watson, Good Counsel, Senior
Highly coveted recruit is an imposing force at 6-3, 270
First Team Defense
[DL] Jonathan Allen, Stone Bridge, Junior
Set school records for sacks (20) and forced fumbles (8) last fall
[DL] Eddie Goldman, Friendship Collegiate, Senior
Our cover boy is rated the No. 2 player in the ESPNU 150
[DL] Colton Kmetz, Urbana, Senior
Reigning Class 4A champs love to unleash this beast off the edge
[DL] Michael Moore, DeMatha, Senior
UVA commit is a disruptive force in the backfield
[DL] Brent Wilkerson, DeMatha, Senior
Posted 10 sacks last fall but could be moved to TE at Penn State
[LB] Ken Ekanem, Centreville, Senior
Washington Post All-Met first team selection
[LB] Sam Lebbie, DeMatha, Senior,
Converted RB has shined as star of Stags’ linebacking corps
[LB] Devin VanDyke, South County, Senior
Will join older brother, Ronny, on Virginia Tech’s defense
[DB] Alex Carter, Briar Woods, Senior
Stanford commit is son of former Redskins DB Tom Carter
[DB] Kenny Crawley, H.D. Woodson, Senior
Shutdown corner is also a special teams ace
[DB] C.J. Prosise, Woodberry Forest, Senior
Helped a defense that allowed 20+ points once all season
Other Top Players
Ali Ali-Musa, Annandale, DL, Sr.
Justin Baker, Briar Woods, DL, Senior
Auctavius Bennett, Arundel, RB, Sr.
Michael Boland, Georgetown Prep, OL, Sr.
Rod Chungong, Good Counsel, DL, Sr.
Ben Cobb, Chantilly, LB, Senior
Milan Collins, Bishop McNamara, QB, Senior
Jordan Davis, Friendship Collegiate, DL, Sr.
Sean Davis, Maret, DB, Sr.
Dondre Echols, Potomac (Md.), DB, Sr.
Michael Flack, Whitman, WR, Sr.
Kendall Fuller, Good Counsel, WR, Jr.
Jalen Gee, Frederick, WR, Senior
Simba Gwashavanhu, Gaithersburg, WR, Sr.
Jonathan Haden, Archbishop Carroll, RB, So.
Dashawn Hand, Woodbridge, DL, So.
Isaiah Hayes, Friendship Collegiate, RB, Sr.
Stephan Houston , Clarksburg, LB, Sr.
Harrison Jackson, Loudoun Valley, WR, Senior
Jaylen Johnson, Bowie, WR, Sr.
Jaylen Johnson, St. John’s (D.C.), DB, Sr.
Kevin Jones, Bullis, RB, Sr.
E.J. Levenberry, Hylton, LB, Junior
Jackson Matteo, Broad Run, OL, Sr.
Josh McPhearson, DeMatha, DB, Sr.
Derrick Nelson, Archbishop Carroll, OL, Sr.
Elijah Norris, Archbishop Carroll, WR/DB, Sr.
Daniel Nwosu, DuVal, TE, Senior
Ben Onett, St. John’s (D.C.), QB/DB, Sr.
Sterling Parks, Riverdale Baptist, WR, Sr.
Darius Parson, Woodbridge, RB/LB, Sr.
Devon Paye, Hammond, RB, Sr.
Tanner Quigley, Lake Braddock, WR, Senior
Doug Randolph, Woodberry Forest, LB, Junior
Joe Riddle, Linganore, RB/DB, Sr.
Alex Robinson, Bowie, DL, Sr.
Jeff Schaffer, Walt Whitman, OL, Sr.
Doug Sponyoe, Thomas Johnson, RB, Sr.
Daquan Steward, Mountain View, DB, Senior
Jalen Tabor, Friendship Collegiate DB, Jr.
Monte Taylor , C.H. Flowers, TE/WR, Sr.
Tyrone Temoney, Eleanor Roosevelt, WR/DB, Sr.
Ian Thomas, Franklin, WR, Sr.
Joshua Thorne, Potomac, LB, Sr.
Raamah Vaughn, River Hill, QB, Sr.
Darius Victor, Northwestern, RB, Sr.
Nyema Washington, Suitland, QB
Aaron Wells, River Hill, RB, Sr.
Devin Williams , St. John’s (D.C.), LB, So.
DeJon Wilson, H.D. Woodson, DL, Sr.
Cody Young, Friendship Collegiate, DL, Jr.