Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha is loaded with talent in 2011. So much talent in fact, there are major prospects that aren't even starting. Offensive tackle Kelby Johnson is one of those, a 6-foot-8, 265-pounder.
"I did pretty well this year," he said. "I played in a bunch of games, but didn't start because I had Arie Kouandjio and Cyrus Kouandjio ahead of me at the tackle spots.
"I think I have pretty good size and footwork. I just need to work on my technique."
Despite limited action behind star tackles at both spots, Johnson is getting interest.
"I've gotten a few letters from colleges," he stated. "I know Maryland is looking along with Rutgers, Ohio State, Syracuse and Duke. I've been to Maryland this fall."
Two schools stand out early for the tackle prospect.
"I like Maryland and Rutgers," he said. "Well, I've only seen Rutgers play on TV, but most of my interest is from them. I think they are a pretty good team too.
"With Maryland, they are the hometown team and I like the team and campus."
As interest increases, what is Johnson eyeing for college?
"In college, I want a team that has a really good program, a team that has a family atmosphere and a school with tradition."
Football runs in Johnson's family as two of his cousins played at Bowie State.