National Signing Day: Looking ahead to 2013 with a list of the area's top sophomores
1. LB E.J. Levenberry, Annandale, 6-3, 220
Made third-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference this past season while starting for DeMatha before subsequently transferring to his neighborhood public school. It is believed he intends to enroll at Lake Braddock in the fall. He is on the map for most of the nation's top college programs, who like his combination of size, speed and physical play.
2. DL Jon Allen, Stone Bridge, 6-3, 211
All-Met defensive lineman broke onto the scene this past season, snapping Bulldogs' career records for sacks (20) and forced fumbles (eight) and finishing with more than 90 tackles. Coach Mickey Thompson expects him to be the most recruited player in program history.
3. QB Ryan Burns, Stone Bridge, 6-5, 215
The understudy as a sophomore before a shoulder injury knocked him out for the season, Burns showing in camps already netted an offer from Boston College and drew initial interest from ACC programs like Maryland and N.C. State as well as from others, including Texas and Texas A&M.
4. RB Dorian O'Daniel, Good Counsel, 6-0, 185
Was already on the recruiting radar for many teams before even taking a varsity snap this past season. Rushed for 560 yards and eight touchdowns.
5. DB Kendall Fuller, Good Counsel, 6-0, 185
Older brothers Vincent and Kyle now play for the Tennessee Titans and Virginia Tech, respectively, now Kendall is making a name for himself with his big-play ability on offense, defense and special teams.
6. WR Taivon Jacobs, Suitland, 5-10, 180
Coach Ed Shields is surprised that colleges aren't knocking down the door to talk about Jacobs, whose older brother, Levern, will sign with Marshall. Caught 15 passes for 272 yards and four touchdowns this past season.
7. DB Kirk Garner, Good Counsel, 5-10, 175
The offers are starting to come in for this cornerback, who intercepted three passes last season and was third on the Falcons in tackles.
8. LB Marcus Newby, Quince Orchard, 5-11, 185
The Cougars have had their share of elite players, including linebackers Alex Twine and Bani Gbadyu, but Newby might be the best of the bunch when all is said is done.
9. QB Lamel Matthews, Dunbar, 6-1, 180
Has already started two years and should be the Crimson Tide's leader this fall. "Just about everybody has seen him," Dunbar former coach Craig Jefferies said. "He can throw, has good instincts. He's gotten quite a bit of interest. He's just so young he's on the back burner."
10. OL Derwin Gray, Dunbar, 6-5, 265
It's easy to see why college coaches like Gray. He's big and mobile. "People like him if they see him, most of the ACC schools have," Jefferies said.
Washington Post editors
| February 2, 2011; 7:28 PM ET
Categories: E.J. Levenberry, Football, Jon Allen, Ryan Burns
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