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December 19, 2010

Crab Bowl shows off Maryland's talent

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BOWIE, Md. -- Rivals.com recruiting analyst Brian Perroni breaks down the players who backed up an impressive week of practice with a strong outing in the Crab Bowl on Saturday in Maryland. They are listed alphabetically.

Crab Bowl's top players
ATH ADRIAN AMOS, 6-1/198, Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall
Amos played strong safety most of the game but also came in at wide receiver when the Baltimore team needed a big play. He responded several times, making an incredible shoe string catch for a big gain on one play and taking a slip screen for a first down on another. He also returned a missed field goal 36 yards and was one tackle away from taking it to the house. On defense, the Connecticut commit covered the slot receiver well while also playing downhill in run support.

CB SHERROD BALTIMORE, 5-10/160, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly
Baltimore only started playing cornerback his senior year but he has taken to the position well. After a week of practice that saw him at No. 1 on the top performers list, he continued his dominance in the game. Despite his team coming out on the losing end, he intercepted three passes. He showed great leaping ability on a jump ball, ended a potential scoring drive with a pick at the 4-yard line and then made a great catch while keeping one foot inbounds. He has yet to receive his first FBS offer but, with the hips and ball skills he showed all week, that should change soon.

OT BEN CURTIS, 6-5/270, Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall
Curtis played left tackle for the Baltimore squad and rarely rotated out, even with a full set of second-team linemen. He moves his feet well for a big man and gets good arm extension while pass blocking. He is also a very smart player, able to read the defense well and pick up his assignments with ease. He only has a pair of FBS offers at this point but he could play early for any number of programs. If he was in the more heavily-recruited D.C. area, he would have double-digit offers.

DE GIOVANI FRANCOIS, 6-2/230, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise
Francois was a late addition to the roster after a few other players had to pull out. Even close followers of high school football in the area did not recognize the name. It's for good reason though as he moved from Bradenton (Fla.) Southeast with only one game left in the regular season. He was a force off the edge all week in practice and kept it up in the game with three tackles for loss and two sacks. He is probably best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 and several schools are showing new interest.

OT KELBY JOHNSON, 6-8/285, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Johnson has a long and lean frame and, at 6-foot-8, he has incredibly long arms that bode well for pass protection. He does a good job of getting to the second level in the running game. He is a little unpolished right now as he needs to bend his knees more in pass pro and lock onto the linebackers while run blocking but his ceiling is very high. He is one of the more athletic offensive tackle prospects in the country.

ATH BRANDON PHELPS, 6-0/175, Damascus (Md.)
Phelps plays both ways in high school but will play in the secondary at Virginia. However, the four-star athlete played wide receiver this week. Though he does not have the hands to play it at the next level, he showed good speed and change of direction, two things he can use for defense. He had a 51-yard receiving touchdown in the game where, as soon as he caught the ball, it was obvious that no defender would be able to catch him. He has long arms and a smooth stride.



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