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Recruiting Insider: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Cyrus Kouandjio: DeMatha OL commits to Alabama, faxes in letter of intent

Three days after telling a national television audience that he wanted to attend Auburn, DeMatha's Cyrus Kouandjio committed to Alabama on Saturday and faxed in his letter of intent, according to his father and his coach. Widely considered among the top recruits in the country, Kouandjio opted for Alabama, where...

By James Wagner  | February 5, 2011; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alabama, Auburn, Cyrus Kouandjio  
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Cyrus Kouandjio: Will choose between Auburn and Alabama by Monday

It's been two days since DeMatha All-Met offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio, widely regarded as one of the country's top college prospects, announced his decision to attend Auburn before a national television audience and then failed to send in his national letter of intent because he wasn't sure of his choice....

By James Wagner  | February 4, 2011; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Alabama, Auburn, Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha, Football  
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Cyrus Kouandjio: Waiting to sign, still considering Auburn, Alabama and New Mexico

On Thursday afternoon, DeMatha All-Met offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio met with his coach, Bill McGregor, to chat about what had been weighing heavily on him over the past 24 hours. On Wednesday, Kouandjio said on ESPNU that he would attend Auburn to play football. But even as he made that...

By James Wagner  | February 3, 2011; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Alabama, Auburn, Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha, Football, New Mexico  
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Cyrus Kouandjio: Where will he sign?

National Signing Day 2011 has come and gone, but DeMatha offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio is still in the news. The All-Met and highly coveted recruit committed to Auburn on ESPNU shortly after noon but did not sign his binding National Letter-of-Intent and is now apparently having second thoughts. In Josh...

By Washington Post editors  | February 3, 2011; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha, Football  
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National Signing Day: Looking ahead to 2013 with a list of the area's top sophomores

With National Signing Day 2011 almost in the books, let's start looking ahead.... to 2013. Here's a list of the D.C. area's top sophomores, as compiled by Josh Barr and the AllMetSports.com staff. 1. LB E.J. Levenberry, Annandale, 6-3, 220 Made third-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference this past season while...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  E.J. Levenberry, Football, Jon Allen, Ryan Burns  
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National Signing Day: Looking ahead to 2012 with a list of the area's top juniors

With National Signing Day 2011 nearly over, it's time to look ahead to next year. Here's a list of the top D.C.-area players in the class of 2012, as compiled by Josh Barr and the AllMetSports.com staff: 1. WR Stefon Diggs, Good Counsel, 6-1, 175 MVP of the U.S. Army...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Football, Stefon Diggs, Wes Brown  
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National Signing Day 2011: Huntingtown LB Andrew Bose signs with Rhode Island

On a day when several top recruits signed their letters of intent on national television, Andrew Bose held his signing ceremony before 8 a.m. in front of his immediate family, high school coaches and administrators in a small conference room off the main office at Huntingtown High School. After a...

By Greg Schimmel  | February 2, 2011; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Football  
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Just how does Iowa nab three Washington-area players?

So how does Iowa become a player in the recruiting of Washington-area players? The Hawkeyes signed three local players to National Letters-of-Intent, the same number as the University of Maryland. DeMatha defensive tackle Darian Cooper and defensive back Jordan Lomax signed with Iowa, as did McNamara cornerback Nico Law. Law...

By Josh Barr  | February 2, 2011; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Darian Cooper, DeMatha, Football, Iowa, Jordan Lomax, Nico Law  
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Cyrus Kouandjio having second thoughts, Bama back in the picture?

Just when you thought signing day was in the books, one of the nation's top prospects has a new twist. DeMatha All-Met offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was on ESPNU just after noon Wednesday to say he was going to Auburn. But Kouandjio has yet to sign a binding National Letter-of-Intent...

By Josh Barr  | February 2, 2011; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Alabama, Auburn, Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha, Football  
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National Signing Day 2011: Gonzaga quarterback Kevin Hogan signs with Stanford

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Kevin Hogan / Gonzaga quarterback / 6-foot-4, 205 pounds / Statistics Completed 125 of 226 passes for 1,820 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 399 yards and six touchdowns. Sparked the Eagles to a win over DeMatha for the first time since 2002, and...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Football, Kevin Hogan, Stanford  
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National Signing Day 2011: Good Counsel defensive back Blake Countess signs with Michigan

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Blake Countess / Good Counsel defensive back / 5-foot-11, 180 pounds / Statistics Second-team All-Met had plenty of scholarship offers, then committed to Michigan in December. After the Wolverines fired coach Rich Rodriguez, Countess took an official visit to Penn State before reaffirming his commitment...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Countess, Football, Good Counsel, Michigan  
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National Signing Day 2011: Video special discussing Cyrus Kouandjio, Kevin McReynolds, Dominique Terrell

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. (Video by The Washington Post) Host B.J. Koubaroulis and The Post's Josh Barr and Paul Tenorio discuss today's commitments, including DeMatha's Cyrus Kouandjio (Auburn), St. John's Kevin McReynolds (UCLA) and Osbourn's Dominique Terrell (Virginia). Footage and highlights of players. More signing day coverage For an...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Auburn, Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha, Dominique Terrell, Football, Kevin McReynolds, St. John's, UCLA, Virginia  
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National Signing Day 2011: Lake Braddock wide receiver Matt Zanellato signs with Penn State

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. (Video by Abigail Fazio and B.J. Koubaroulis for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC) Matt Zanellato / Lake Braddock wide receiver / 6-foot-4, 190 pounds / Statistics Reliable target with big-play ability was area's leading receiver, catching 94 passes for 1,756 yards and 21 touchdowns. Had 10 100-yard games...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Football, Lake Braddock, Penn State  
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National Signing Day 2011: North Point linebacker Conner Crowell signs with Ohio State

(Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Conner Crowell / North Point linebacker / 6-foot-1, 217 pounds Made more than 100 tackles, had five sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as the Eagles allowed 8.6 points per game and advanced to the Maryland 4A East region playoffs before he...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Conner Crowell, Football, North Point, Ohio State  
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National Signing Day 2011: St. John's lineman Kevin McReynolds signs with UCLA

(Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post) Kevin McReynolds / St. John's defensive lineman / 6-foot-3, 300 pounds St. John's defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds is bound for UCLA. He had narrowed his choices to the Bruins, Kansas State, Syracuse and Mississippi State. McReynolds missed half of this past...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Football, Kevin McReynolds, St. John's  
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National Signing Day 2011: DeMatha lineman Cyrus Kouandjio commits to Auburn

UPDATED 2:35 P.M. More on Kouandjio's decision here (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Cyrus Kouandjio / DeMatha offensive lineman / 6-foot-7, 300 pounds DeMatha All-Met offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said he did not sleep much Tuesday night before making the decision to venture on his own to defending national...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha, Football  
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National Signing Day 2011: Osbourn QB/DB/KR Dominique Terrell signs with Virginia

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Dominique Terrell / Osbourn QB-DB-KR / 5-foot-10, 165 pounds / Statistics Osbourn All-Met Dominique Terrell is known for his crafty moves, and he pulled another fast one late Wednesday morning when he made his college announcement after months of speculation. There were two caps on...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dominique Terrell, Football, Osbourn  
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DeMatha DT Darian Cooper talks about choosing Iowa

Just got off the phone with the latest Iowa recruit, DeMatha defensive tackle Darian Cooper, who said that his official visit to campus and his interaction with coaches made the difference in his choice. "My relationship with the coaching staff has been amazing - Coach [Kirk] Ferentz, [linebackers] coach [Darrell]...

By Josh Barr  | February 2, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Darian Cooper, DeMatha, Football, Iowa  
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National Signing Day 2011: T.C. Williams lineman Jay Whitmire signs with Virginia

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Jay Whitmire / T.C. Williams lineman / 6-foot-8, 285 pounds Emerged as one of the better and more athletic blockers in Northern Virginia over the past three seasons. Anchored both Titans' lines while collecting over a dozen Division I scholarship offers from schools such as...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jay Whitmire, T.C. Williams, Virginia  
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National Signing Day 2011: McNamara defensive back Nico Law signs with Iowa

(2009 photo of Nico Law with McNamara Coach Bryce Bevill by Mark Gail/The Washington Post) Nico Law / McNamara defensive back / Statistics Had a stellar season, posting 106 tackles (29 for loss) with 11 sacks, despite playing on a winless team. Also intercepted three passes, returning two for...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Football, Iowa, Nico Law  
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National Signing Day 2011: DeMatha DT Darian Cooper to Iowa

Josh Barr reports that DeMatha's Darian Cooper, a second team All-Met defensive tackle, will sign with Iowa. Cooper chose the Hawkeyes over Michigan State and joins a handful of other D.C. area players heading to Iowa: DeMatha defensive back Jordan Lomax and McNamara defensive back Nico Law. For an up-to-date...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Darian Cooper, DeMatha, Football, Iowa  
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National Signing Day 2011: Good Counsel defensive lineman Vincent Croce signs with Virginia

(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Vincent Croce / Good Counsel LB/DL / 6-foot-4, 260 pounds / Statistics On a team loaded with top players, the two-way standout was a rock in the middle for the Falcons with 66 tackles, 31 of which were solo. Also had 7.5...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Football, Good Counsel, Vincent Croce, Virginia  
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National Signing Day 2011: South County defensive back Ronny Vandyke signs with Virginia Tech

(2008 photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Ronny Vandyke / South County defensive back / 6-foot-3, 197 pounds / Statistics One rival coach calls him "freakishly" athletic; can play near line of scrimmage like a linebacker or shut down receivers in coverage. Made 106 tackles, 13 for loss. Intercepted...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ronny Van Dyke, Virginia Tech  
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National Signing Day 2011: Damascus defensive back Brandon Phelps signs with Virginia

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Brandon Phelps / Damascus defensive back / 6-0, 180 pounds / Statistics Despite a nagging hip flexor injury that cost him a few weeks' action this season, the Virginia recruit still showed flashes of his game-breaking potential as he caught 23 passes for 315 yards...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Brandon Phelps, Damascus, Virginia  
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National Signing Day 2011: H.D. Woodson defensive back Adeboye Aromire signs with Virginia Tech

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. (Video by Jordan Ruby for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC/The Washington Post) Adeboye Aromire / H.D. Woodson defensive back / 6-0, 190 pounds After his recruiting stock rose dramatically during his junior season, opponents threw away from this Virginia Tech recruit. Still, this second-team All-Met impacted plays using...

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2011; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Adeboye Aromire, Football, H.D. Woodson, Virginia Tech  
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OT Cyrus Kouandjio down to Alabama, Auburn;DT Darian Cooper down to Iowa, Michigan State; RB Delonte Morton bound for juco instead of Maryland

DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor says that uncommitted linemen Cyrus Kouandjio and Darian Cooper are struggling to make a final decision but both seem to have narrowed their choices to two schools. The period for high school seniors to formally accept scholarship offers and sign binding National Letters-of-Intent begins Wednesday. Kouandjio,...

By Josh Barr  | February 1, 2011; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alabama, Auburn, Cyrus Kouandjio, Darian Cooper, DeMatha, Delonte Morton, Football, Iowa, Jordan Lomax, Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia  
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Crusoe Gongbay commits to New Mexico

Rockville All-Met running back Crusoe Gongbay will sign with New Mexico on Wednesday morning, but the long road to college for the Washington area's leading rusher isn't complete just yet. Gongbay, who has been very candid about his acadmic missteps during the first half of his high school career, still...

By Alan Goldenbach  | February 1, 2011; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crusoe Gongbay, New Mexico  
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Dominion RB Deandre Reaves switches commitment from West Virginia to Marshall

Dominion senior running back Deandre Reaves - who originally committed to West Virginia this summer - has changed his course and will now sign with Marshall.

By Matt Brooks  | February 1, 2011; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Deandre Reaves, Marshall, West Virginia  | Tags:  All-Met, Deandre Reaves, High School Football, Marshall, West Virginia  
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Osbourn's Dominique Terrell Ponders Miami, U.Va., WVU

During his recruiting visit to the University of Miami this past weekend, Osbourn All-Met Dominique Terrell joked on his Facebook page that "Im not comin bac to va." His mom, Tina, said to not necessarily read too much into that statement. It's true that Miami is one of Terrell's three...

By Preston Williams  | January 31, 2011; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dominique Terrell, Osbourn  
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Previewing National Signing Day: a look at the D.C. area's top players

With National Signing Day just around the corner, here's 13 top D.C.-area recruits to look for on Wednesday, as compiled by our recruiting expert, Josh Barr. OL Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, New Mexico DB Dominique Terrell, Osbourn Virginia Tech, Miami, Virginia, Texas Tech, LSU, West Virginia DL Kevin...

By Washington Post editors  | January 31, 2011; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Adeboye Aromire, Blake Countess, Brandon Phelps, Conner Crowell, Cyrus Kouandjio, Dominique Terrell, Football, Jay Whitmire, Kevin Hogan, Kevin McReynolds, Nico Law, Ronny Van Dyke, Vincent Croce  
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All-Met Frohnapfel To Join Twin at Marshall

After Colonial Forge All-Met senior tight end Eric Frohnapfel committed to West Virginia last summer, most of the recruiting pitches from other schools waned. But not that of his twin brother, Blake, a quarterback bound for Marshall University, across the state from WVU. Blake Frohnapfel's in-home recruiting efforts and Marshall's...

By Preston Williams  | January 31, 2011; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Marshall, West Virginia  
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Gaithersburg's Zack Fetters picks William & Mary

Two weeks after he took an official visit to James Madison, Gaithersburg All-Met quarterback-safety Zack Fetters knew he'd have to be overwhelmed to give any other school his commitment. Last weekend, William & Mary did just that. Fetters committed to the Tribe after taking his official visit, and it was...

By Alan Goldenbach  | January 31, 2011; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gaithersburg, William and Mary, Zack Fetters  
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Damascus QB Connor Frazier commits to Towson

Connor Frazier kept telling himself that someone would find him and offer him a scholarship. It finally happened Saturday, when Towson came calling. The following day, the Damascus All-Met quarterback pledged to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday. "It was really relieving to get an offer from a place like...

By Alan Goldenbach  | January 31, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Connor Frazier, Damascus, Towson  
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