Commentary

Friday Five expands to 15 for final week

Updated: July 28, 2009, 11:14 AM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

The final week of MDVarsity.com's Friday Five series is taking on a different look. With the high school season previews underway, we are expanding the final edition of the Friday Five to 15 athletes.

[+] EnlargeJulian Green
Mike Loveday/ESPNRISEGreen is expected to be an impact player for the Little Hoyas this season.
Julian Green, OL, Georgetown Prep: Talk about good bloodlines. Green's uncle (his mother's brother) is former Dallas Cowboys running back Doug Dennison. Green, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman, is projected as an impact player for Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) this fall, He is in his second with the program, after an injury-riddled junior year. Green transferred in from Virginia Group AAA power Centreville prior to his junior season and played only four games.

"He moves really well for someone his size," Georgetown Prep coach Dan Paro said. "We've had 50 or 60 colleges come through, and they are all interested in him."

Paro said Green is a strong pass blocker, but needs to work on his run blocking.

"We want to see him take guys to the ground," he said.

Green also competes in track and field and placed fifth in the discus (114 feet, 11 inches) and sixth in the shot put (40 feet) at the league championships.

Chris Tolbert, WR/DB, Springbrook: The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Tolbert was Springbrook's (Silver Spring, Md.) backup quarterback last year, and he was originally anticipated to take over the starting job from 2009 graduating senior Phoenix Butler-Poole, but that will not be the case.

Kevin McReynolds
Colin Quay/ESPNRISEKevin McReynolds won a D.C. championship in wrestling last year.
Instead, the senior will play wide receiver and defensive back. The Blue Devils will have former Paint Branch quarterback Eric Freniere taking snaps from under center, allowing Tolbert to play his more natural position.

At the recent Football University camp at Severn School (Md.), Tolbert won the defensive back award, and received a nomination to participate amongst the top 80 players from around the country in Florida from July 29 to 31.

"That makes me want to keep [working out]," Tolbert said of his defensive back award. "Once you taste a little bit of success, you know why you've been doing it."

Last year, Tolbert recorded 58 tackles, four pass breakups and one interception, and has been working hard in the offseason to prepare for his final year of high school football.

"I've been in the weight room more than I've ever been in my life to get ready for the season," Tolbert said.

[+] EnlargeNate Clarke
Mike Loveday Nate Clarke holds offers from Maryland and Kansas State.
Buffalo, Rhode Island, Hofstra and Delaware State have requested Tolbert's' transcripts.

Kevin McReynolds, DT, St. John's (D.C.): The 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior already holds verbal offers from Maryland and New Mexico, and is expected to help anchor a defensive line that boasts Andre Monroe.

McReynolds won a D.C. championship in wrestling last year, his first season. The rising junior said that experience has helped improve his football skills by teaching him to stay low on opponents and use leverage.

"I've always been a little younger than everyone, but I'm always learning to work harder and learning to play with some of the best," Reynolds said. "Sometimes I got beat down, but it made me a better player overall and made me the player I am today."

McReynolds has worked on his explosion off the line, and currently works with Elite Athlete Training Systems (E.A.T.S.) to improve his strength and agility.

Nate Clarke, DT, Archbishop Carroll: Quarterbacks in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) could be in trouble when they face Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) this year. Along with defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu, the Lions boast defensive tackle Clarke.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior was immediately pegged as Rick Houchens project when he was hired as head coach last February.

"He had the demeanor about him. I told him he's going to be a man-child," Houchens said.

At first, Clarke struggled with his footwork during drills. Houchens said the defensive lineman was knocking over cones and struggled to get his knees up during some drills. Now, with a year of training under Houchens, Clarke's true ability is starting to show.

"Now when he goes through that stuff it will give you goose bumps," Houchens added.

Last year, Clarke recorded 62 tackles and four sacks, even though he missed a few games in the middle of the season with a shoulder injury.

Maryland and Kansas State have already offered and Houchens believes that once he sends out early game film from Clarke's senior year, more colleges will be calling.

"A credit to him, inside guys are usually just run stoppers. You don't get the average inside guy that is a real pass rusher too," Houchens said. "Nate really brings that special quality."

[+] EnlargeAlex Ingagliato
Mike LovedayIngagliato is back to full strength after an ACL tear last season.
Clarke plays primarily defensive tackle for the Lions, but colleges said they could see him playing offensive tackle at the next level because of his footwork.

Alex Ingagliato, TE/LB, La Plata: Ingagliato started the season projected to be one of La Plata's best fullbacks and linebackers, but injuries to the defensive line turned him into one of the best linemen.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Ingagliato moved to defensive tackle last year and turned out to be the best player for head coach Andrew Loucks.

"Teams had to double team him after they figured out he could play," Loucks said.

An ACL tear midway through last season shortened Ingagliato's year, but he did wrestle last season, so the injury is not of much concern for his senior year of football.

To take advantage of Ingagliato's skills, Loucks is moving him from fullback to tight end this season.

"He's got very good hands, and in our schemes the fullback is not out in the pass routes as much as the tight end is," Loucks said.

Harvard, Army, Towson and James Madison have all expressed interest in Ingagliato.

[+] EnlargeKyle Romanek
Mike LovedayRomanek played fullback, linebacker and offensive line last season.
Kyle Romanek, RB/LB, Brunswick: Offensive line could have been added to the 5-foot-7, 160-pound Romanek's list of duties, but head coach Pat Foster is hoping to not use his senior in that role again this year.

Romanek was the team's backup running back and starting inside linebacker last season, but Brunswick had a talented running back starting and needed some help on the offensive line.

Romanek stepped in, and even at 5-7, had no problems holding his own. He started six games for the Railroaders.

"He was by far our best lineman when we moved him there," Foster said.

At linebacker, Romanek recorded 55 tackles, and will once again anchor the defense. The senior is also expected to start at running back this season.

Several Division I-AA schools have expressed interest in Romanek, but he is still waiting on his first offer.

"There's no question he can play at the next level - from his knowledge for the game, his instincts and tenacity [puts him in that category]," Foster said.

Henry Kuhn, QB, Walt Whitman: Montgomery County looks to have several young quarterbacks with college potential this season. Along with Connor Frazier at Damascus, Walt Whitman (Bethesda, Md.) has junior Kuhn.

Henry Kuhn
Mike LovedayKuhn threw for five touchdowns in two games last season.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Kuhn started the final two games for the Vikings last season, throwing for 395 yards and five touchdowns. The rising junior has been working with coach Chris Baucia at the Quarterback Factory and appears poised for a breakout junior season.

Corey McDaniel, TE, Bohemia Manor (Chesapeake City, Md.): McDaniel was named to the Cecil Whig First Team at tight end after making nine catches for 138 yards as a junior.

Kevin Saylor, OL, Linganore: The word athlete is not generally used in reference to offensive lineman. It is usually used to describe skill position players, but Linganore (Frederick, Md.) head coach Rick Conner uses that word to describe Saylor.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Saylor enters his third year on the varsity football team, and has played right guard and linebacker for the Lancers.

Kevin Saylor
Mike LovedaySaylor can play multiple positions for Linganore.
But over the summer, Saylor has been working out with tight ends at college camps, and according to Conner, Ohio University has expressed interest.

"He can be a tight end, he can be a guard, he can be a linebacker," Conner said. "He's an athlete playing right guard right now."

Saylor will play some tight end for Linganore this year, and will help anchor an offensive line with national recruits Robbie Havenstein and Kyle Tucker.

Sam Wright, DL, South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.): The 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior was third on the team with 47 tackles and also recorded two sacks. Wright was named to the Carroll County Times First Team last year.

Dan Williams, DL, Century (Sykesville): The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Williams spent most of last year getting double-teamed and still recorded 38 tackles and earned Carroll County Times First Team honors.

[+] EnlargeKhalek Sheperd
Mike Loveday Shepherd committed to Virginia earlier this month.
Khalek Shepherd, ATH, Gwynn Park (Brandywine, Md.): Shepherd is the son of former Washington Redskins player Leslie Shepherd, and is one of ESPNU's 150 players to watch for the class of 2010.

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound running back holds three offers: Boston College, Maryland and Northwestern, according to Gwynn Park head coach Danny Hayes.

As a junior last season, Shepherd rushed fro 940 yards and 40 touchdowns while splitting time with Towson commit, Nygee Carmichael.

Dustin Wharton, ATH, Allegany (Cumberland, Md.): Wharton recorded eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns last season for the Campers. At defensive back, Wharton recorded 47 tackles, three interceptions and a sack.

Jake McGinnis, RB/LB, Joppatowne: McGinnis has been a mainstay at Joppatowne (Joppa, Md.) the last two years. As a sophomore, the 6-foot, 210-pound athlete recorded 122 tackles. As a junior last year, McGinnis earned Honorable Mention Small School All-State and All-Harford County First Team honors.

[+] EnlargeLee Khari
Mike Loveday for ESPN RISE Khari Lee was team defensive MVP last season.
Khari Lee, WR/DB, Western Tech (Baltimore): The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Lee earned team defensive MVP honors last season after recording 58 solo and 23 assisted tackles. The receiver ran a 4.37 shuttle at the Schumann's National Underclassman Combine as a sophomore, and showed good explosion last year during the Baltimore Nike Combine, jumping 27.5 inches in the vertical jump and running a 4.82 40-yard dash.

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