Commentary

The Uncommitteds: Linebackers

Updated: January 15, 2009, 2:59 PM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

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

Jelani Jenkins
Michael D. Kurec for ESPNRISEMany scouts consider Jenkins as the No. 1 rated linebacker in the nation.

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 once players commit.

Today we are taking a look at the linebackers and the nation's No. 1 rated senior at that position.

1. Jelani Jenkins, Good Counsel

Jenkins is tops on everyone's list of available linebackers. Considered the No. 1 rated linebacker in the nation, Jenkins has his choice of colleges to attend. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior holds over 30 Division I-A offers. Jenkins has already made an offical visit to Florida and has a Jan. 16 visit planned to Penn State. Jenkins has said he will not make a decision until he has taken all five of his official visits and could wait until the Feb. 4 Signing Day to make the announcement.

2. Brandon Killebrew, Flowers

The 6-foot, 200-pound Killebrew along with teammate Lorne Goree were the main reasons why Flowers was able to overcome last year's graduations and make it to the region finals. A fast, athletic linebacker, Killebrew already has offers from Ohio University and Navy.

3. Matt Heacock, Loyola

Heacock is the heart of the Don's defense. The 6-foot, 215-pound senior is one of the hardest-hitting linebackers I have ever seen. He is football fast, swarms to the ball and is a solid tackler. Terrific senior season earned him a spot on the Maryland Crab Bowl roster.

4. Gary Oneukwuski, Dunbar

Arguably the best defensive player on Dunbar. The 6-1, 215-pound senior totaled more than 130 tackles and is another hard-hitting linebacker that will make receivers think twice before going over the middle. Oneukwuski holds offers from Temple and Liberty.

5. Evan Harris, Westlake

Harri5 already has an offer from East Carolina and the 5-11, 215-pound senior should add a few more before signing day. Harris made more than 120 tackles and ran for 672 yards this year.

Off the board: Isaiah Ross, Eleanor Roosevelt (Maryland), Lorne Goree, Flowers (Maryland), Marcus Whitfield, Northwest (Maryland), Raheem Cardwell, DeMatha (Syracuse), Ryan Bonheyo, Maryland School for the Deaf (Towson), Horace Miller, Dunbar (UNLV).

Mike Loveday covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. Mike can be reached at Michael.Loveday@espn.com