The Uncommitteds: Linemen
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 once players commit.
Today we are taking a look at the lineman. Since lineman tend to play both ways we are not differentiating between offensive and defensive linemen.
1. Raynard Randolph, Gwynn Park
Randolph is a 6-foot-3, 300-pound man-child. The Gwynn Park senior was a defensive leader and helped his team to the Class 2A region semifinals. Randolph has the size to play defensive tackle in college, something more than 12 schools are banking on. Randolph holds offers from, among others, N.C. State, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Georgia and Tennessee.
2. Jeremiah Mathis, DeMatha
Mathis has shot up both this and college recruiters' lists. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Mathis is being recruited as both a defensive end and linebacker, but he also played some tight end at DeMatha. Mathis has received several offers since his team won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) championship. Clemson, Kansas State, New Mexico, Maryland and Wake Forest have already offered and Virginia appears close.
3. Devin Gordon-Hamm, Good Counsel
At 6-foot-2, 285-pounds, Gordon-Hamm may be slightly smaller than some colleges may want out of an offensive lineman, but the senior helped pave the way for 1,000 yards seasons for Caleb Porzel and Jelani Jenkins the past two years. Gordon-Hamm is an athletic and agile lineman and has gained more recruiting interest since the season ended.
Justin Hymes, Allegany
Hymes spent most of his senior season injured and while that may have cooled his recruiting it should begin to heat back up over the next few winter months. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Hymes was the anchor of Allegany's offensive line his junior season and holds offers from Maryland, Akron, Harvard and Towson.
5. Drew Cheripko, Northwest
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Cheripko was once off the board. The senior had committed to Eastern Michigan but decided to reopen his recruiting, according to head coach Andrew Fields. The senior defensive end holds offers from Towson, Old Dominion and Eastern Michigan.
Off the board: Jason Ankrah, Quince Orchard (Nebraska), DeOnte Arnett, Forestville (Maryland), Pete DeSouza, DeMatha (Maryland), Beau Haworth, Archbishop Spalding (Navy), Danzel Manley, Eleanor Roosevelt (Old Dominion), David Mackall, Edmondson (Maryland), Joe Petrides, Archbishop Curley (Akron), Sean Stanley, Gaithersburg (Penn State), Terrence Stephens, Quince Orchard (Stanford), Tim Willman, Reservoir (UConn).
Mike Loveday covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. Mike can be reached at Michael.Loveday@espn.com