FOX Sports and Scout.com released their Top 50 High School football teams Wednesday, and Maryland featured three different teams ranked. DeMatha Catholic High School, based in Hyattsville, Md. (about ten minutes from the University of Maryland) earned the #6 ranking nationally. Last season they finished with a 9-3 record.
Bolstered by a senior quarterback and two Big Ten committed running backs, DeMatha may end up being ranked higher on this list when it’s all said and done. The Stags are also home to a number of Terps targets, including OL Brock Ruble, WR Chris Jones, and WDE JaWhuan Bentley.
The team that beat DeMatha twice last year, Our Lady of Good Counsel, from Olney Maryland, find themselves ranked 16th in the country this year. Last season, they finished the year ranked 13th in the country and the highest of all Maryland schools after an 11-1 season. The Falcons also feature one of Maryland’s top targets for 2014, DE Jesse Aniebonam.
Rounding out the list of ranked Maryland teams is Gilman of Baltimore, Md., who were ranked 44th in the nation. Last year, the Greyhounds went 9-2, but lost a large portion of their team from 2012, including current Terrapin freshman quarterback Shane Cockerille. The Greyhounds DE Melvin Keihn is currently on the Terps radar, and considers them a top team on his list.
The top three states with the most teams ranked in the top 50 were Texas (10), California (6) and Florida (6). Ohio finished next on the list with five schools. Maryland’s three schools came up tied with Georgia and Louisiana.
Not bad when you take into account population, Maryland! Crab cakes and football or something, right? It is, however, a little surprising not to see any Washington, D.C. teams ranked.