Maryland Crab Bowl rosters unveiled
The inaugural Maryland Crab Bowl could be tough to top from a talent standpoint.
“Last year’s talent was the best the state’s ever seen,” admitted Chuck Harmon, the president and co-founder of the Baltimore vs. Washington high school football all-star event.
But Harmon is confident the second annual Crab Bowl — which is scheduled for Dec. 19 at Johnny Unitas Stadium — will hold just as much attraction for local football fans as the first game. Harmon announced the rosters during a news conference Wednesday at Towson University.
“Maryland in the past has not had that national reputation that other states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, California and so on has in the nation,” Harmon said. “[But] Maryland is quickly rising. We’ve got some athletes in this state that can play for any university in the United States.”
Six Penn State commitments played in last year’s Crab Bowl. Coxson, who pledged to the Nittany Lions earlier this spring, said he’s happy to continue that new tradition.
“It’s fun. This is all part of me trying to reach my goals,” Coxson said. “I’m just taking the next step. ... Now that I’ve committed, I’m just working hard to get to that next level.”
Forbes, a four-star prospect, heard about the Crab Bowl last season from former teammate and Central Michigan-bound defensive back D.J. Scott. Scott and the Baltimore squad suffered a 32-21 loss to D.C. in 2008, but things could be different this year.
“I feel like this year, [Baltimore has] a lot of talent,” said Forbes, who has narrowed his list of schools to Cal, Duke, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. “I’m playing to win.”
While Coxson’s college future is set, and Forbes will likely make his decision later this summer, Harmon said the Crab Bowl is all about creating an opportunity for overlooked players to have a chance at landing a college scholarship.
Harmon said he and Crab Bowl co-founder Sean O’Connor hoped that “five or seven kids” would receive scholarship offers after playing in last year’s game. Those expectations were easily surpassed.
“Last year, the first annual Maryland Crab Bowl, we were fortunate to have 88 kids involved in the game,” Harmon said. “Out of those 88 kids, 83 student-athletes received college scholarships. ... When I say college scholarships, that’s Division I, IAA or Division II; not Division III or a prep school. ... We had 27 kids, as a result of playing in the Crab Bowl … get a chance to play and earn college scholarships.”
Wednesday’s Super 60 roster announcement was just the initial list of kids who made the cut. Harmon intends to add 14-15 players to each team before December’s game. While most of the skill position slots have been filled, there’s plenty of room for offensive and defensive linemen. Kicker and punter will most likely be addressed after the high school season.
Meanwhile, the Washington squad needs two additional quarterbacks. Baltimore has Century’s Josh Bordner, Loyola’s Connor Bruns and Arundel’s Billy Cosh on its roster. Players from the Eastern Shore are generally placed on the Baltimore team, but Taylor Henry from Cambridge-South Dorchester will suit up for D.C. due to the District’s lack of numbers at the position.
Listed below are the initial rosters for the 2009 Maryland Crab Bowl. Click here for more information.
Josh Alaeze, Parkville linebacker-defensive end
Nathan Ayers, Dunbar defensive back
Hansen Barrick, Tuscarora offensive lineman
Josh Bordner, Century quarterback
Connor Bruns, Loyola quarterback
Tyrek Cheeseboro, Milford Mill wide receiver
Devin Clark, Dunbar offensive lineman
Tuswani Copeland, Meade wide receiver
Billy Cosh, Arundel quarterback
Adrian Coxson (Penn State), City wide receiver
Ryan Dixon, Linganore wide receiver
Anthony Ferguson (Iowa), Gilman defensive end
J.R. Ferguson, Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy defensive end
Nick Forbes, Thomas Johnson linebacker
Kyle Fuller, Mount St. Joseph cornerback
Josh Furman, Old Mill defensive back-running back
Emmanuel Gbor, Eastern Tech running back
Jeremy Grove (East Carolina), Thomas Johnson linebacker
R.J. Harris, Arundel wide receiver
Robby Havenstein, Linganore offensive lineman
Kevin Johnson, River Hill defensive back
Nick Marth, Linganore defensive lineman
Jake McGinnis, Joppatowne linebacker
Hassam Ouri, Broadneck offensive lineman
Bobby Partilla, Arundel linebacker
Mike Pitz, Hereford offensive lineman
Jim Poggi (Iowa), Gilman linebacker
Matt Robinson, Atholton athlete
Delonte Tate, Stephen Decatur defensive back
Kyle Tucker, Linganore offensive lineman
Willie Williams, Hereford running back
Zach Zwinak, Linganore fullback
Marcus Anderson, Westlake linebacker
Antonio Belt, Forestville wide receiver
Brian Blue, Gwynn Park linebacker
Marcus Coker, DeMatha running back
Brandon Coleman, Bishop McNamara wide receiver
Michael Coley, DeMatha safety
Malik Cross, Oxon Hill linebacker
Bisi Ezekoye, Kennedy athlete
Troy Gloster, Good Counsel linebacker
Devin Goode, Riverdale Baptist wide receiver
Jordan Haden (Florida), Friendly safety
Taylor Henry, Cambridge-South Dorchester
Shane Johnson, DeMatha offensive lineman
Jerome June, Gwynn Park defensive end
Jeff Knox (Pittsburgh), DeMatha safety
Arie Kouandjio, DeMatha offensive tackle
Axel Ofori, Gaithersburg defensive back
Paul Phillips, Georgetown Prep tight end
Chris Pitsenberger, Good Counsel linebacker
Mitchell Pollard, Springbrook wide receiver
E.J. Scott (Virginia), Good Counsel defensive back
Arlando Scott, North Point running back
Khalek Shepherd, Gwynn Park running back
Devonte Stamps, McDonough linebacker
Devonta Tabannah, Potomac wide receiver
Frank Tamakloe, Good Counsel safety
Titus Till (Maryland), Wise defensive back
Oswaldo Velasquez, Magruder offensive lineman
Lorenzo Waters, DeMatha safety
Louis Young, Good Counsel defensive back