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: Wednesday's Top Performers
5-9/160, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly
Baltimore has several FCS offers but has yet to pull down his first FBS one. That is a bit surprising considering he has been one of the most impressive players all week. Though listed as an athlete, his future is definitely at corner. He showed incredible hips on Wednesday, changing direction on a dime in drills. In team, he had several nice pass breakups. The only thing that seems to be hurting him is lack of height but he is physical enough to overcome that for the most part.
6-2/230, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise
Francois continues to be a dominant force on the defensive line. He was able to get penetration in the backfield quite often during team workouts. He causes fits for bigger tackles that can't move as well as he can. They need a quick drop-step to cut him off and it usually does not happen. He does need to play a little more physically and get into the offensive linemen's bodies when he engages them.
6-0/190, Rockville (Md.)
Gongbay was the Washington D.C. area's leading rusher this season and it's pretty apparent why. He is a big kid that runs like a much smaller back. In the Wildcat formation, he showed a great burst as soon as he got the ball. He is also able to get to the edge and make people miss. He has pretty good open field moves. He is best downhill, though, and he knows how to read holes and follow his blockers.
OLB DARIEN HARRIS
6-1/210, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Harris is a bit undersized as an outside linebacker and could possibly play safety early in his college career. That's not a slight at all to the Michigan State commit, though. He is very good in pass coverage and is able to keep up with the running back on the wheel route or the slot receiver on short routes in the middle. He has good lateral agility and is not afraid to play sideline to sideline.
6-0/162, District Heights (Md.) Suitland
Jacobs continues to be the most consistent receiver on the Washington D.C. squad. He gets in and out of his cuts well and does not lose much speed while doing so. He is able to find the seam in the defense and will wait for the ball. While he lacks great top-end speed, he has all the other intangibles that he needs to be a productive receiver.
6-8/285, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Johnson is manning the left tackle spot for the Washington D.C. offensive line. He is a huge blocker that is built somewhat like a basketball player. He will play at 330 pounds at Virginia without losing any of his athleticism. He does a good job of getting to the second level in the run game. He needs to work a bit on his knee bend in pass pro but his arms are so long that defensive linemen are not able to get into his body.