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Posted at 6:06 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

National Signing Day: Looking ahead to 2012 with a list of the area's top juniors

By Washington Post editors

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 staff:

1. WR Stefon Diggs, Good Counsel, 6-1, 175
MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl underclassman combine last month, the shifty All-Met speedster already holds more than a dozen scholarship offers. "Everybody is offering him," Good Counsel assistant coach Kevin McFadden said. "Georgia just called yesterday."

2. RB Wes Brown, Good Counsel, 6-1, 190
Although he missed most of this past season with a high ankle sprain, Brown's size and speed make him highly coveted. He already has several scholarship offers, including Maryland, West Virginia and Boston College.

3. DL Eddie Goldman, Friendship Collegiate, 6-4, 300
You name the school, they've offered this huge run-stopping tackle. Though he went to camps last summer at Penn State and Miami (Fla.), Goldman has offers from the nation's top programs, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Oregon, Stanford, and several others.

4. RB/DB Ron Darby, Potomac (Md.), 5-11, 180
Second-team All-Met is one of the country's top sprinters. He rushed for 1,329 yards and 18 touchdowns, but future probably is at cornerback.

5. TE/DE Michael Moore, DeMatha, 6-3, 260

The son of Virginia assistant coach Shawn Moore, drives daily from the Eastern Shore town of Chestertown to commute to his Hyattsville private school. Has scholarship offers from the Cavaliers and Tennessee, but Coach Bill McGregor thinks things are just getting started: "He's passing the eyeball test. He'll turn into a national recruit."

6. RB-LB Dominic Bryan, Georgetown Prep, 6-1, 225
Holds scholarships offers from Maryland and Boston College, but his future position is undetermined. Some schools are recruiting him as a fullback, others as a linebacker. "Everyone has a different opinion," Little Hoyas Coach Dan Paro said. "They just look at a young man who is physically extremely gifted. I mean, he has a 44-inch vertical."

7. DL Michael Madaras, Good Counsel, 6-6, 275
Came into his own this past season as Falcons won second consecutive WCAC title. Scholarship offers include Maryland, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pittsburgh and Boston College.

8. OL Ryan Watson, Good Counsel, 6-3, 280
Rugged player showed his value as a two-way standout when called upon to play defense down the stretch. Already has several scholarship offers.

9. TE/DE Ken Ekanem, Centreville, 6-3, 230
Long, powerful All-Met is a disruptive force in both run and passing games, turning in 75 tackles (60 solo), 17 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 18 quarterback pressures for the Wildcats this past season. Has offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Boston College and Duke.

10. OL Michael Boland, Georgetown Prep, 6-7, 285
Does not yet have any scholarship offers, but should have plenty soon. Has redefined his body type, shedding extra weight and adding muscle. "Some of these guys are coming to watch him play [basketball] and see him move on the floor," Coach Dan Paro said. "I believe he has some [offers] coming."

11. DB Kenny Crawley, H.D. Woodson, 6-0, 160
In a secondary that had seniors Adeboye Aromire (Virginia Tech) and Sherrard Harrington (Colorado) last season, it was Crawley who led the Warriors with six interceptions, and ultimately, might end up being a bigger recruit next year than either of them. His offers include Virginia Tech, Penn State, Michigan, Clemson, Wake Forest and Illinois.

12. TE/DE Brent Wilkerson, DeMatha, 6-3, 240
Only scholarship offer to date is from Virginia, but Coach Bill McGregor thinks the two-way star will have plenty of options: "He'll roll a bunch of offers [in] now."

13. LB Sam Lebbie, DeMatha, 6-1, 215
Took advantage of an opportunity to establish himself as a solid presence for the Stags. Holds offers from Maryland and Rutgers.

14. OL Derrick Nelson, Carroll, 6-5, 280
Receiving plenty of interest from schools including Penn State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Syracuse, Northwestern and Georgia. "He's one of those big linemen that runs well and has good grades," Lions Coach Rick Houchens said. "He's a no-brainer."

15. LB Devin Vandyke, South County, 6-1, 198
Considered a smaller but stronger version of his brother, All-Met defensive back and Virginia Tech recruit Ronny Vandyke. Devin is a physical player who has added ten pounds in the offseason. He has no scholarship offers yet but was invited to junior camps at Maryland, Virginia Tech and Rutgers, among others.

16. RB Uriah Bethea, Wise, 6-0, 180
His powerful, patient running style began attracting notice this past season when he rushed for 1,655 yards and 24 touchdowns to help the Pumas advance to the Maryland 4A title game.

17. OL Mitchell Kirsch, St. John's, 6-5, 245
The Cadets have had their share of big, physical linemen (Mike Ward, Pete White) and Kirsch is the latest.

18. TE-LB Stephan Houston, Clarksburg, 5-2 215

Some schools are interested in him as a tight end, others as a middle linebacker. Coach Larry Hurd expects things to keep picking up for his latest standout.

19. QB-LB Robert Petty, Eleanor Roosevelt, 6-3, 225
Missed most of the second half of this past season because of a broken collarbone, but Coach Tom Green says that college coaches love Petty's size and athleticism and think he could play on offense or defense.

20. LB C.J. Reimann, Oakton, 5-11, 205
Coach Joe Thompson said Reimann is in the mold of former Oakton star Jack Tyler (Virginia Tech). As a junior, racked up more than 100 tackles with five sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Has drawn initial interest from ACC and Big 10 programs, including Virginia, Virginia Tech and Indiana.

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 6:06 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Stefon Diggs, Wes Brown  
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Those are all really good prospects. There is also a really talented, big and strong center/defensive end out of Dominion High School. His name is Kenny Sisson. He is a 6'3" 255 junior. The boy trains hard year round and is growing into his size 15 shoes. Keep a look out for him next season.

Posted by: esantiag | February 9, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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