From The Sun's Pat O'Malley:
It's hard to believe that Arundel High's state record-setting passing duo of quarterback Nick Elko and wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell are still out there without a college.
The two Sun All-Metro choices are still waiting.
Elko skillfully guided the Cats' no-huddle spread offense. In leading the Cats to the Class 4A state final, where they lost, 36-30, to Quince Orchard to finish 13-1, Elko ran the offense like a seasoned college quarterback.
He called plays on the fly, adjusted to defenses, and showed poise and toughness.
Elko set state season records for yards passing (3,091), TD passes (43) for public schools, attempts (430), completions (260) and total yards (3,993). He also led his team in rushing with 817 yards, scoring 10 TDs.
In addition, Elko booted five field goals and punted for an average of 38.0 yards per attempt.
Johnson-Farrell, who was timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.4 seconds, has great hands and moves. He was the area's top playmaker. He set state season records for pass receptions (103), yards (1,394) and TD catches (23).
Johnson-Farrell, who scored 27 total touchdowns (two each on kickoff and punt returns), established career state records for receptions (174) and TD catches (40).
So what is the deal? Why hasn't either one signed?
They both qualify academically. So forget that. Elko has the size at 6 feet 3, 190 pounds, while size appears to be the problem for Johnson-Farrell, who is 5-9, 185.
Johnson-Farrell told me, "I think they are looking for the prototype receiver at like 6-4. I've been hoping that some school might give me a shot running back kicks.''
They both deserve an opportunity, and here's hoping they get it. They've worked hard for it.