Area dominate state football player rankings


Loyola Blakefield’s A.J. Szymanski was a big reason Loyola Blakefield reached the MIAA B Conference final and defeated rival and MIAA A champ Calvert Hall College in the Turkey Bowl last season. The tight end is verbally committed to the University of Maryland.


by Derek Toney

Baltimore is again well represented on the state and national high school football recruiting sheets with the 2022 football season set to begin next month.

St. Frances Academy, the area’s No. 1 team the last five full seasons, has six players among Rivals.com’s Maryland Top 25, led by defensive linemen Dashawn Womack.

Womack, the state’s No. 2 recruit by 247Sports (No. 3 by Rivals), is rated 83th overall nationally by 247Sports. Braswell is verbally committed to LSU.

The Panthers also have defensive end Brian Simms (9th), defensive linemen Isaiah Neal (11th), running back Durrell Robinson (12th) and defensive backs Christian Garrett (17th) and K.P. Price (18th) in Rivals’ Maryland Top 25. 

Price, who recently transferred from reigning MIAA A Conference champ Calvert Hall College, is committed to Boston College along with Simms. 

Neal and Robinson are also in 247Sports’ Maryland Top 35 along with offensive linemen Naquil Bertand and wide receiver Ryan Manning (Maryland commit).

McDonogh School offensive linemen Antonio Tripp is ranked No. 8 by Rivals and 247Sports. Tripp recently committed to Miami.

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel defensive back Rushaun Tongue is the area’s top public recruit. The Wake Forest commit is rated 16th by Rivals and 247Sports.

Dunbar’s Devin Roche, last year’s VSN’s Offensive Player of the Year, is ranked 25th in Rivals’ state list. He holds offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Morgan State and Towson.

DeMatha Catholic defensive lineman Jason Moore is the state’s top recruit. The Ohio State pledge is ranked 48th overall nationally by Rivals and 52nd by 247Sports.

Here’s the complete list of area players (in alphabetical order) on Rivals’ and 247Sports’ top players in Maryland.

Naquil Betrand, St. Frances Academy

Position: Offensive line

State rank: No. 16 (247Sports)

College verbally committed: undecided

 

Carter Davis, Mount St. Joseph

Position: Defensive back

State rank: No. 21 (Rivals & 247Sports)

College verbally committed: Boston College

 

Christian Garrett, St. Frances Academy

Position: Defensive back

State rank: No. 17 (Rivals)

College verbally committed: undecided

 

Ryan Manning, St. Frances Academy

Position: Wide receiver

State rank: No. 18 (247Sports)

College verbally committed: Maryland

 

Alex Moore, St. Vincent Pallotti

Position: Defensive back

State rank: No. 31 (247Sports)

College verbally committed: Maryland

 

Isaiah Neal, St. Frances Academy

Position: Defensive line

State rank: No. 10 (247Sports); No. 11 (Rivals)

College verbally committed: Pittsburgh

 

K.P. Price, St. Frances Academy

Position: Defensive back

State rank: No. 18 (Rivals)

College verbally committed: Boston College

St. Frances Academy’s Dashawn Womack is the consensus top senior football player in the Baltimore region heading into the 2022 season. The defensive linemen is committed to LSU.

 

Durrell Robinson, St. Frances Academy

Position: Running back

State rank: No. 12 (Rivals); No. 13 (247Sports)

College verbally committed: Boston College

 

Mason Robinson, McDonogh School

Position: Defensive line

State rank: No. 6 (Rivals); No. 9 (247Sports)

College verbally committed: Northwestern

 

Devin Roche, Dunbar

Position: Athlete

State rank: No. 25 (Rivals)

College verbally committed: undecided

 

Nathaniel Stewart, St. Vincent Pallotti 

Position: Wide receiver

State rank: No. 24 (Rivals); No. 26 (247Sports)

College verbally committed: Temple

 

A.J. Szymanski, Loyola Blakefield

Position: Tight end

State rank: No. 28 (247Sports)

College verbally committed: Maryland

 

Rushaun Tongue, Chesapeake-Anne Arundel

Position: Defensive back

State rank: No. 16 (Rivals & 247Sports)

College verbally committed: Wake Forest

 

Antonio Tripp, McDonogh School

Position: Offensive line

State rank: No. 8 (Rivals & 247Sports)

College verbally committed: Miami

 

Tamarus Walker, McDonogh School

Position: Offensive line

State rank: No. 28 (247Sports)

College verbally committed: Maryland

Daniel Wingate, St. Vincent Pallotti

Position: Linebacker

State rank: No. 22 (247Sports); No. 23 (Rivals)

College verbally committed: Maryland

 

Dashawn Womack, St. Frances Academy

Position: Defensive line

State rank: No. 2 (247Sports); No. 3 (Rivals)

College verbally committed: LSU