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Recruiting Insider: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Who Had the Best Day Locally?

I'm not sure the answer, but which team did the best job recruiting the Washington area this football season? A) Maryland. The Terps picked up nine locals (11 if you count two 2008 grads who spent this year at prep school) and landed two key players in All-Met CB Travis...

By Josh Barr  | February 5, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The D.C. List

Wow. 66 locals go I-A, 63 go I-AA. Click through the read the full list. I'm sure there might be one or two missing, so email any changes to me at barrj@washpost.com....

By Josh Barr  | February 5, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More on Thigpen/UCLA

Colleague Matt Stanmyre sends this report: Stonewall Jackson running back Damien Thigpen signed with UCLA today, ending a tumultuous two-week span for the speedster from Manassas. Thigpen orally committed to Tennessee last year, but his status with the program was in question when Coach Phillip Fulmer resigned and was replaced...

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cotton Headed to Ole Miss

Colleague Katie Carrera files this dispatch: Meade quarterback Ray Cotton signed his letter-of-intent to Mississippi, ending what became a whirlwind few months of recruiting for Cotton after he decommitted from Auburn when Tommy Tuberville resigned as Tigers head coach. "We're really just ready for this to all be over," Raymond...

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A Bit Less Hoopla for Stanley

Colleague Alan Goldenbach filed this dispatch: Sitting in front of about 20 classmates and a dozen coaches and school officials, Gaithersburg defensive end Sean Stanley wore a navy sweater vest and awkward grin as he signed his letter-of-intent with Penn State. Sure, the two-time All-Met appreciated having a bunch of...

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Thigpen Picks UCLA

I hope to have more on this shortly... Stonewall Jackson RB Damien Thigpen has signed with UCLA....

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What a Hat

The hat? It's embroidered with an orange '3' and 'Jelani Jenkins #3' on the back. Time for the students to go back to class....

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jenkins Talks Gators

Oops. I missed it. In addition to Jelani Jenkins putting on a Florida hat, so did all of his family members standing behind him. From Jelani: "It's a great program. I went down to visit. I felt comfortable with the coaches. Great weather. Had a list of factors ... and...

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Good Counsel OL Picks Bucknell, Jenkins Up Next...

Good Counsel AD/Master of Ceremonies Pat Bates is working his way down the five Falcons headed for I-A/I-AA football scholarships. Add offensive lineman Devin Gordon-Hamm to the list, he's going to Bucknell. The others: RB Caleb Porzel (Maryland), CB Mike Wallace (Penn State) and K Mark Hamilton (Villanova). It's a...

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Big Morning for Maryland: White Commits

More on this in a bit, but today's big news is that All-Met offensive lineman Pete White of St. John's this morning picked Maryland over Miami and Tennessee. Obviously, White, a four-year starter is a very talented player but his decision might be even more significant in that the Terps...

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Jenkins to Pledge to Gators

Yep, the big day is here. I'll be heading out soon to Good Counsel where Jelani Jenkins is expected to announce he will go to Florida. That ought to get the day started with a bang. I'll be updating here throughout the day with news and thoughts....

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Four Big Fish Left in the D.C. Pond

By my count, as I go over the list of locals ready to accept I-A and I-AA football scholarships -- a list with 112 members at the moment -- there are four key recruits yet to make their college choices publicly shown: Good Counsel All-Met linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who is...

By Josh Barr  | February 3, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chroniger Bound for Towson

What a long, strange recruiting road it has been for DeMatha quarterback Tom Chroniger. A two-year starter for the Stags, Chroniger early in the season committed to play for Eastern Michigan. Then he backed off that pledge and hoped to secure a scholarship offer to play in the ACC or...

By Josh Barr  | February 3, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thigpen Nixes UT; Is He Bound for Notre Dame?

Insider super/special correspondent Matt Stanmyre, files this dispatch: Stonewall Jackson senior running back Damien Thigpen will sign an letter-of-intent on Wednesday but it won't be to Tennessee, the school he verbally committed to last year. Thigpen's coach at Stonewall, Mike Dougherty, sent me an e-mail this morning, stating: "Damien Thigpen...

By Josh Barr  | February 2, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Seen and Heard, Maryland-Style

Some kind readers report seeing Gary Williams at DeMatha on Friday night to see the Stags one-point loss to Good Counsel. The Terrapins are involved with DeMatha junior forwards Victor Oladipo and Jerian Grant. Oladipo, a 6-5 high flyer, has a terrific upside and seems to have good court awareness....

By Josh Barr  | February 2, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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All-Met RB Commits to Youngstown State

All-Met running back Torrian Pace of Chantilly has found a home. He has committed to play for I-AA powerhouse Youngstown State. Although Pace racked up yards at a ridiculous clip this past season, college interest in him was tepid at best, with most recruiters taking a pass. The Penguins, however,...

By Josh Barr  | February 2, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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