Commentary

The Uncommitteds: Defensive backs

Updated: January 15, 2009, 3:00 PM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

Ever wanted to know whom the best uncommitted players in the state were?

That is where MDVarsity.com can help. For the next month and a half, until the Feb. 4 signing day, we will list the Top 5 Uncommitted prospects by position. We will launch the initial lists this week and will update the lists when players commit.

Have a commitment you want us to know about? E-mail Mike at Michael.Loveday@espn.com

1. Gary Fortune, Lackey

In the beginning of the season, Fortune was not even the biggest name on his team. With Penn State commits, Darrell Givens and Malcolm Willis in the secondary, Fortune took a backseat. But a stellar senior season propelled the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Fortune to the top of many recruiting lists. He is currently receiving Division I-AA looks, but major colleges have begun expressing interest.

2. Mike Wallace, Good Counsel

The 5-10, 182-pound Wallace is another player who may not have been the biggest name in his own secondary. Junior Louis Young has already committed to Stanford, but Wallace is up to eight offers now. Stanford, Army, Monmouth, Bryant, Stony Brook, Towson and Maine have all reportedly made offers to the senior.

3. Xavier Hughes, Seneca Valley

Hughes is taking his time with recruiting. The 6-1, 160-pound senior is hoping to gain more recruiting interest, according to his head coach Fred Kim. Hughes already holds offers from West Virginia, Akron, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan and Ohio University. Hughes was one of the leaders of the Seneca Valley defense this year and has good speed and change of direction ability.

4. Terrance Koen, Riverdale Baptist

Koen has been slightly under the radar this season. The 5-10, 180-pound senior plays running back and linebacker for Riverdale Baptist, but with his size he projects more as a safety in college. Colleges should take interest upon learning he was named to the Maryland second team Small School all-state team and the Maryland Crab Bowl.

5. Joe Rankin, Seneca Valley

Rankin was the heart of the Seneca Valley defense this year. A vocal leader, the 5-10, 180-pound senior recorded three interceptions, ran for more than 700 yards and scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.

Off the board: Terence Garvin, Loyola (West Virginia), Malcolm Willis, Lackey (Penn State), Carl Fleming, Franklin (Pittsburgh), Eric Franklin, Archbishop Curley (Maryland), Darrian Carmichael, Bishop McNamara (Richmond), Leron Eaddy, River Hill (Central Michigan), Derrick Thomas, Eleanor Roosevelt (Penn State), Stephon Morris, Eleanor Roosevelt (Penn State), Avery Graham, Clarksburg (Maryland), Dominic Clarke, Tuscarora (Ohio State), Travis Hawkins, Quince Orchard (Maryland), Darrell Givens, Lackey (Penn State), Courtney Bridget, Dunbar (UNLV).