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June 18, 2009

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.”

City wide receiver Adrian Coxson and Thomas Johnson linebacker Nick Forbes were both on hand to represent the Baltimore team.

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

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:27 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Local recruiting


Matt- ESPN top 25 preseason poll has MD at 17. Hopefully, if the frosh play well, they can move up around 10 or so.
I still hope they land BR.

I could be wrong but arent Jordan Haden and Titus Hill committed already to FL and UMD, respectively?

Thanks so much for all your hard work.

Tony -- Good call. Guess this is what happens when I write past midnight. Thanks for the heads up.

I love it. Johnny U Stadium is the perfect place for this game. Kudos to Chuck and Towson.

I find it funny that there are no players from west of Frederick on either team. I guess Western Maryland does not have any good football players.

Ryan - where do you see a preaseason poll that puts UMD at #17? We're talking about the terps for pre-season football? Someone please show me this link!

Towson University needs to land some of these players! Let's go Rob Ambrose!

Mark,Ryan specifically states that ESPN has them listed at #17 preseason.If those initials don't mean anything to you,probably no amount of explaining would be of much help.

By the way,he doesn't say whether it's football or basketball .Even though it's a football post,one can only assume that BR means Born Ready.Atthis point to have them mentioned in either poll,which I have not yet seen by the way,is a good thing.I know several publications have Maryland with a top 25 recruiting class in football for this year.

This is a joke. Maryland has to be the only state to have no "All-Star" defensive tackles. What is this a fantasy draft? I guess these guys could make a pretty bad ass 7 on 7 team, but football not so much. All you MD football fans keep dreaming maybe you'll wake up and be in the Humanitarian Bowl after you finish last in the ACC.

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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