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Another Kouandjio leads junior class at DeMatha

With plenty of snow and ice outside, what better time to start checking in on the Washington area's junior class of football recruits?

Let's start with DeMatha, where Coach Bill McGregor expects at least 10 members of next year's senior class will get scholarship offers, led by offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio. The 6-foot-6, 284-pound Kouandjio, whose older brother Arie is a senior who last week signed with Alabama, already holds more than a dozen scholarship offers.

"Cyrus will have anybody in the country," McGregor said. "He has Florida already. Notre Dame, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia Tech. Everybody who offered Arie has offered Cyrus already. You name it, he has it.

"He's a little bit different than Arie. He's taller and has a longer arm span. Because of his height and athleticism, if he doesn't make it as an offensive tackle, he can be a defensive end. My gut is I think he'll be a fine offensive tackle for somebody. He's almost 290 and he's skinny. Down the road, he'll be 320 or 330. He has the height and the frame to put it on."

Another junior with a scholarship offer did not play one snap in 2009. Delonte Morton, a 6-1, 259-pound running back, tore knee ligaments during a preseason drill and has been rehabbing the injury. He received an offer from Maryland after attending the Terrapins' one-day camp last summer. McGregor said that Morton needs to lose some weight but can picture him being similar to this past season's standout, Marcus Coker.

"As an eighth- and ninth-grader, he was the best back around," McGregor said. "He could turn into a big-time recruit."

Defensive back Michael Williams, the younger brother of former Maryland standout Madieu Williams, also holds a scholarship offer from the Terps.

Linebacker Darien Harris (6-2, 222) has an offer from Syracuse.

McGregor expects that All-Met kicker Michael Branthover, defensive lineman Darian Cooper (6-3, 281), wide receiver Jordan Lomax (5-11, 186) and offensive lineman Kelby Johnson (6-6, 285) and tight end Sam Collura (6-4, 246) will soon receive scholarship offers.

By Josh Barr  | February 10, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Alabama, Arie Kouandjio, Cyrus Kouandjio, Darian Cooper, Darien Harris, DeMatha, Delonte Morton, Florida, Football, Jordan Lomax, Kelby Johnson, Marcus Coker, Maryland, Michael Branthover, Michael Williams, Notre Dame, Sam Collura, Virginia Tech  
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