News and notes from the Maryland Crab Bowl
Despite Dunbar running back Tavon Austin's best efforts, the Baltimore all-star team suffered a 32-21 loss to Washington Saturday at the inaugural Maryland Crab Bowl at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Austin, Baltimore’s MVP, caught three passes for 105 yards (including an 81-yard touchdown) and returned two kicks for 98 yards, one of which he took back 84 yards for the score. He also rushed for 17 yards on five carries.
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Recruiting news and notes from the Baltimore team
• Had there been a defensive MVP for the Baltimore team, Gilman defensive lineman Brandon Copeland would’ve been a good choice. The 6-foot-2, 267-pounder was a force in the middle, recording seven solo tackles, six assists, two sacks and three tackles for loss.
While it’s likely he’ll have more college options after the past week of practice and Saturday’s performance, Copeland already has several nice places to choose from.
“I just took my first official to Princeton last weekend and I liked that a lot,” Copeland said. “But I still want to look at Penn; I’m going to Penn on [January] 9th. ... I got two offers [this week], from Wofford and Northeastern."
Copeland listed those four schools in addition to Bucknell, Wake Forest, Brown and Cornell as schools he’s considering. After making a few more visits, Copeland said he hopes to make his decision sometime next month.
• Dunbar’s Horace Miller, the Baltimore City Defensive Player of the Year, contributed one solo tackle, two assists and half a sack. The UNLV-bound linebacker said he’s looking forward to his future in Las Vegas.
“They’re really bringing me in for the perfect position,” Miller said. “It’s a buck end, [which is a combination] defensive end and linebacker. They say basically that whole defense is built around the buck end.”
Miller, who recorded 133 tackles and 29 sacks as a senior, said he’s excited that Poets cornerback Courtney Bridget has also committed to the Rebels.
“That’s going to make it even more comfortable,” Miller said. “When you’re going to pick a college, all you want to do is feel comfortable. That’s why I chose UNLV.”
• Arundel wide receiver Alec Lemon already experienced his first college coaching change. The Syracuse commitment saw Orange head coach Greg Robinson fired in November and New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone hired several weeks later. Lemon said he’s visited with the new staff and he remains a solid commitment to SU.
“I feel like with a new coaching staff coming in, we can start the program up again, start all over,” Lemon said. “From what I heard, we’re supposed to run a spread no-huddle and that’s good for me.”
On Saturday, Lemon caught a 36-yard pass and threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin off a reverse.
• More than a few recruiting analysts were reportedly impressed by Dunbar quarterback Jonathan Perry’s play during Crab Bowl practices this week. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder felt he boosted his stock as well.
“I performed great in practice, but just OK when I was out there [on Saturday],” Perry said. “Even though it was an All-Star game, ultimately sitting out [and rotating with other quarterbacks] hurt me with the interception. But I’m a winner.”
Perry, who finished 5-of-11 for 49 yards passing and one pick, mentioned Liberty and Hampton as the two schools recruiting him the hardest. He’s also heard from Illinois and Connecticut, but said he’s primarily “focused on school” right now.
• Poly defensive tackle Arnold Farmer was his usual disruptive self, recording 2.5 solo tackles and three assists. On the recruiting front, the 6-foot-1, 306-pounder received some good news recently.
“In the last couple days Navy offered me. [Mids assistant] coach Joe Speed came down to my school and gave me an offer, so I’m happy about that," Farmer said. ... It just felt good to be wanted. This recruiting process has been real long and that was my first DI offer. I’m just thankful.”
Farmer said he plans on making an official visit to Annapolis sometime next month. He’s also considering Towson, Morgan State, James Madison, Shepherd (W.Va.) University and Albright (Pa.) College.
• Milford Mill quarterback Kevin Fulton directed Baltimore on a 7-play, 74-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, which ended with Fulton’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Perry Hall tight end and Maryland commitment Dave Stinebaugh. Fulton said he thought his performance (5-of-9 passing for 69 yards) proved to coaches that he can play quarterback in college.
“I hope this game boosts me up and gets me some looks to the next level,” Fulton said. “I think I can play [quarterback] at the next level.”
Fulton said he currently sports offers from North Carolina A&T and Lane College in Jackson, Tenn.
• Mount St. Joseph receiver/defensive back Renard Robinson is nearing the end of his recruitment. The 5-foot-11, 176-pounder will choose between two Football Championship Subdivision powerhouses.
“I’m down to two -- James Madison and Villanova,” Robinson said. “I’m going on my official visit on Jan. 10 to Villanova and then I’m going to make my decision. ... I’ve already been on my official to JMU and I loved it. Both schools have good academics and [football programs].”
Both schools are recruiting Robinson as a wide receiver and slot back.
• Baltimore head coach Lawrence Smith (Dunbar) singled out Fort Hill defensive end Caleb Morris and River Hill defensive tackle Sean Hull as under-the-radar recruits who improved their stock this week. Hull’s recruiting picture is still evolving.
“I’m talking to nearly every IAA school,” Hull said. “After this game I think I really put myself out there and hopefully that gets me some scholarships. Shepherd University, I’m going up there the 15th and 16th of January.”
Hull said he’s also being recruited by Mount Union, a Division III power in Alliance, Ohio.
• According to Smith, Poets running back Davon Muse could be close to receiving an offer from Central Michigan.
“[CMU started recruiting me] toward the middle of the season,” Muse said. “I’m going on my first visit there Jan. 15.”
Muse said the Chippewas are interested in him as a slot receiver.
• Dunbar wide receiver Sean Farr, who caught three passes for 50 yards, recently picked up an offer from East Carolina. Farr said he’s considering the Pirates, along with Akron and Eastern Michigan.