Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy is loaded with talent in 2011. Already two prospects holds scholarships and at least one other is getting solid interest from Division I schools.
Leading the way for head coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim's squad is 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle Larry Mazyck.
"He was a basketball player on the AAU circuit last year and that was kind of his passion," he said. "This was his first year playing football and he did well.
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"We're gonna try to work hard in the offseason and improve his ability at the point of attack. His pass blocking is good, it's more of just getting the nuances down."
Abdul-Rahim went further.
"He's raw, but he's humongous," he stated. "His feet are good, he comes off the ball fast and that's a good thing for somebody with that size. He doesn't run like he's in slow motion. The sky is the limit with him.
"Maryland saw his tape and the first thing they said was he compared well to Jared Gaither. They even said he was ahead of schedule than Gaither was at this time."
Abdul-Rahim confirmed that Mazyck holds scholarships from Maryland and New Mexico at this time.
Meanwhile, Mazyck leads the way for a talented tailback in 2011, Malcolm Crockett.
"He had 1,200-yards for us in nine games and his tape is very impressive," he said. "Duke likes him a lot along with Boston College. He's going to be a BCS recruit.
"He's 5-foot-11, 180-pounds and he runs a 4.5, but he's quicker than that. He's very aggressive back and rarely gets tackled from behind. He is a north south runner, but very elusive and makes people miss.
"Off the field, he's a real good guy. He's a high character kid and a born leader. He was a captain this year. He's a pretty good student too."
Crockett pulled his first offer on Tuesday from West Virginia.
Rounding out the 2011 class is 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end Denzell Stamback.
"He's a transfer and this was his first year over here," he said. "He's a very athletic kid. He had three touchdowns and four or five sacks on defense. His frame is going to get him in the door. He runs well, blocks well and is very aggressive.
"Temple, Pittsburgh and Connecticut are interested. He's got to finish strong academically though."
Abdul-Rahim has a sophomore to watch already as well in 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive guard Eddie Goldman.
"He's already been given verbal offers from New Mexico and Maryland even though he's a sophomore," he said. "They plan to offer when they can officially in September. Duke and Boston College are also interested."
Abdul-Rahim also noted a sophomore running back, Albert Reed, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder that is one to keep an eye on.