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New Feature: Catching Up

Throughout the years, I’ve had people call me or come up to me at events and ask if I knew how some former Washington-area star athlete was doing in college. Well, consider this my response to all those queries.

“Catching Up,” will be a weekly feature on PrepsPost, in which I’ll track down some recent college highlights of players who once starred at area high schools. I’ll leave it to our college writers at Maryland, Georgetown, Navy, Virginia and Virginia Tech to let you know how D.C.-area alumni are doing at those schools, but “Catching Up” will scour the rest of the nation and, hopefully, leave no good story uncovered. brooks.jpg

Considering the hundreds of former students who have gone on to play college ball – be it BCS conference football or Division III non-revenue sports – I think this will be popular feature, for which I encourage you to call or e-mail me suggestions. I don’t care how high profile a sport an athlete plays; a standout performance is a standout performance and might remind people of high school days past.

This week, we’ll open by scanning Saturday’s FBS college football games.

It was easy to overlook Jourdan Brooks during his career at Seneca Valley. He played fullback in the same backfield as Shawn Perry -- who rushed for about 3,000 yards combined in 2005 and ’06 -- and linebacker (he was a second-team All-Met as a senior in 2006) on the same defense as All-Met lineman Donald Langley, who was among the nation’s top recruits at that position.

Brooks, though, is making a name for himself in college. At Rutgers, the third-year sophomore appears to have seized the lead role in the Scarlet Knights’ offensive backfield. He rushed for a team-high 124 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday’s 45-7 victory over Howard (the Bison, by the way, were paid $325,000 by Rutgers for making the trip and taking the beating). Brooks was Rutgers’ second-leading rusher last season with 531 yards and five touchdowns.

When Brooks’s day was over in the third quarter, with the game well in hand, another local product stepped right in. Freshman De’Antwan Williams, a 2008 All-Met from Woodbridge, picked up 89 yards on 14 carries in his college debut.

Whenever I go out to practice at H.D. Woodson, some member of the Warriors’ coaching staff always reminds me of one of our biggest All-Met gaffes – how we somehow omitted Eddie McGee from any mention on the All-Met page in 2006.
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Well, McGee is continuing to make us look bad – which is good for Illinois. When starter Juice Williams was knocked out on the game’s opening series with a quadriceps injury, McGee stepped in and completed 13 of 17 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown in the Illini’s 45-17 victory over Illinois State.

The 6-foot-4 junior also rushed 18 times for 55 yards and two scores. Unless Williams’s injury is serious, we may not get to see McGee have the opportunity for more performances like that one until next year, after Williams, a senior, is gone.

Ever wanted to see a Washington-area all-star game? The closest we might ever come was Saturday’s Syracuse-Penn State tilt, which the Nittany Lions won comfortably, 28-7. No two non-local schools have recruited the Washington area harder than these (and I think it’s safe to say Penn State has found more gems in their search), though both rosters are chock full with players with D.C.-area ties.
Penn State has 14,
while Syracuse touts 11.

If you have a player about whom you’d like an update or want to let me know about a former player’s recent accomplishments, shoot me an e-mail at goldenbacha@washpost.com.

By Alan Goldenbach  |  September 14, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Catching Up  | Tags: Eddie McGee, Jourdan Brooks  
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