Top offensive players of the decade
Here's our list of candidates for the best offensive football player of the 2000s. Remember, we only considered a player's high school career.
Rank them on the jump -- and if you feel especially passionate about one player, state your case in the comments or email us. We'll publish the best reader takes on the blog as long as you include your full name and city and state in the comment/email.
Here's the list. Below, we included a few details on the players to jog your memory.
QB Billy Cosh, Arundel, 2007-2009
Two-year starter rewrote the Maryland passing record books, setting single-season and career marks for completions, attempts, yardage and touchdowns. Will play for Kansas State.
QB Joe Haden, Friendly, 2003-2006
Threw for a then-state record 7,371 yards and 80 touchdowns. As a senior, led the Patriots to a 14-0 record, Maryland 3A championship. Plays cornerback for Florida and is expected to be an NFL first-round draft pick this spring.
QB Deontay Twyman, Sherwood, 2004-2006
Led Warriors to consecutive Maryland 4A championships. Finished career with 7,093 yards and 80 touchdowns. Also led Sandy Spring school to Maryland 4A basketball title as a senior.
RB Terry Caulley, Patuxent, 1999-2001
In three playoff games his senior year, rushed for a combined 862 yards and six touchdowns, including a career-high 306 yards in a 7-6 loss to Urbana in the Maryland 3A final. Rushed for 2,540 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior. Played at Connecticut.
RB Mike Imoh, Robinson, 1999-2001
Set school records with 5,268 career rushing yards and 66 touchdowns. Capped his career with a 2,000-yard season, leading the Rams to the Virginia AAA Division 6 state championship.
RB Marcus Mason, Georgetown Prep, 1999-2002
Two-time All-Met set Maryland career marks for rushing yards (5,790) and touchdowns (86) while helping the Little Hoyas to three consecutive undefeated seasons. Now plays for the Washington Redskins.
RB Evan Royster, Westfield, 2002-2005
Two-time All-Met rushed for 6,384 yards and scored 90 touchdowns in his career. Also a standout lacrosse player. Played for Penn State.
RB A.J. Wallace, McDonough, 2003-2005
As a senior rushed for 2,090 yards and 25 touchdowns, including three 300-yard games in the season’s final four contests as Rams made a playoff push. Played for Penn State.
TE Vernon Davis, Dunbar, 2000-2002
Imposing force on both sides of the ball tallied career stats of 96 catches for 2,012 yards and 21 touchdowns. Played for Maryland and was a first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers.
WR Arrelious Benn, Dunbar, 2003-2006
Two-time All-Met was the nation’s top wide receiver recruit as a senior when he caught 56 passes for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns. Played for Illinois and is considered a likely NFL first-round draft pick this spring.
WR Eddie Royal, Westfield, 2002-2003
Game-breaking wide receiver transferred from Paul VI and led the Bulldogs to a 24-1 mark in two seasons, including the school's first state title, the 2003 Virginia AAA Division 6 crown. Caught 93 passes for 1,731 yards and scored 35 touchdowns.
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