COLLEGE PARK, Md. - All-star teams from the metro areas of Baltimore and Washington D.C. are spending this week in Maryland preparing for Saturday's Crab Bowl. Below are those participants that stood out among their peers as seen by Rivals.com analyst Brian Perroni.
Crab Bowl Tuesday Top Performers: Baltimore
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6-1/198, Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall
Amos is a big defensive back prospect that almost looks like a linebacker. However, the Connecticut commit does a very good job of manning the strong safety spot. He plays downhill against the run, meeting the runner in the hole, and he does not shy away from contact at all. Amos also showed a very competitive spirit during one-on-one drills as he wanted to play receiver. He did a great job in beating the cornerback on a deep go route and made a nice catch downfield.
OT BEN CURTIS
6-5/265, Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall
Curtis is the true definition of a sleeper and he transferred to Calvert Hall this season after his former school, Cardinal Gibbons, closed its doors. He is playing left tackle for the Baltimore squad and has done a good job against both the run and the pass. He has a solid base with surprisingly good feet for a player his size. He has a good drop step in pass pro and cuts the defender off at the point of attack. The one knock on the lineman is that he is somewhat limited in his potential to get much bigger. He does not seem to have the frame to carry 300-plus pounds but he could possibly even move inside and be an agile guard prospect.
6-5/280, Baltimore (Md.) Gilman School
Goodwin, a Wake Forest commitment, is a big kid. He is 6-foot-5 and at least 290 pounds and has a very large lower body. His legs are incredibly strong, allowing him to be an effective drive blocker in the run game. He has never had to pass block before as he comes from an almost purely option offense but he has all the tools to do so effectively. He needs to bend his knees a bit more but he moved his feet well and got good arm extension in one-on-one drills.
DE MARCO JONES
6-4/245, Baltimore (Md.) Boys Latin School
Jones normally plays defensive end but is lining up at tackle this week. His move to the inside was necessary as he is one of the larger linemen on the Baltimore roster. He needs to add some strength as he struggled to get much of a pass rush against the interior offensive linemen, but he has a non-stop motor. He is a bit of a tweener for the next level though as he does not seem tall enough to be a defensive end and is not big enough to play tackle.
Crab Bowl Tuesday Top Performers: Washington D.C.
6-1/270, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Cooper is a bit undersized for a defensive tackle as even the 6-foot-1 listing is probably a bit of a stretch. However, he makes up for it with his quickness. He has a great first step and is a true pass rush threat from the interior. He struggles a bit manning the middle against the run but he is not a huge liability there. He will likely need to add some weight and play nose tackle at the next level. He is player that others look to and should be a good leader wherever he lands.
6-2/230, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise
Francois, who transferred from Florida with one game left in the regular season this year, still finished with six sacks and more than 30 tackles. He is very active off the edge, using his hands well to get past the tackle. He could be best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4, though. He has the speed to play there yet still plays a very physical brand of football. No offensive lineman has been able to consistently stop him in practice so far.
6-0/162, District Heights (Md.) Suitland
Marshall has found a very consistent receiver commitment in Jacobs. He has soft hands and reels in almost anything near him. He showed good sideline presence during drills, even getting a second foot in most of the time. On a drag route over the middle in team drills, he reached back behind him to catch a ball that was somewhat poorly thrown, showing strong hands as well. His speed could be improved but he is a player who just does all the little things correctly.