One of Broadneck (Annapolis, Md.) High School's most consistent and talented athletes of the past few seasons will make a change before the 2009 football season.
Junior Hussam Ouri played defensive tackle in each of his first three seasons and played offensive guard this past season. For his senior season, the 6-foot-2, 291-pound Ouri will move to center.
On defense this past season, Ouri recorded 40 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. From his offensive guard spot, the junior averaged 5½ pancakes.
Broadneck head coach Jeff Herrick is moving Ouri because he wants to have his best lineman at center.
"I told Coach Herrick that I would do whatever he needed me to do for the team to be successful. He's helped me out a lot, showing me some techniques here and there," Ouri said of the move to center. "I'm talking to a couple players that graduated who are going to show me a couple tips over spring break and summer."
The move should help the Bruins as they break in a new starting quarterback for the first time in two years. Starting quarterback Kyle Colleran, who helped lead Broadneck to a 2007 playoff berth, will graduate this spring.
"I feel like the experience is going to help. Our line is going to be young," Ouri said. "They need a foundation, which is what I'm trying to help with. If they need any help in the huddle, on the sideline, I'm trying to help Coach Herrick as much as I can."
Those who have worked with Ouri say he's strong and that his primary assets are his dedication and work ethic. Ouri is a Maryland Big School All-State honorable mention at defensive lineman and is the strongest player on Broadneck. According to Herrick, he's also one of the team's two best players.
Ouri first was called up to the varsity team for the final five games of his freshman season. He received some playing time that season, including during the playoffs.
"From that point until now, he has blossomed into quite an athlete and what I consider one of the better high school players around because of a couple things," Herrick said. "One, his character -- he's a great kid. Two, his work ethic -- he's not just sitting around right now. He's involved with track, he lifts constantly and he goes to every conceivable combine that comes up, it seems, to make himself better."
Ouri has participated in the Bullseye Combine Super 100 Camp each of the past two seasons and consistently has been one of its top performers. The Bullseye Combine is a Maryland, Virginia and D.C.-area event held for freshmen and sophomores to help them prepare for their junior combines. The Super 100 team is made up of the top 100 athletes from the four-day event.
A regular at offseason camps and combines, Ouri constantly works to improve and prepare for college.
"You show people how hard you work, and you want it to pay off. You want other people to recognize how hard you're working. It just feels good to put up good numbers," Ouri said of his dedication.
Ouri works with Joe Haden, a local trainer who has sons at the University of Florida (Joe Haden) and Boston College (Josh Haden), at Haden Sports and Performance and was seen running 40-yard dash times around five seconds flat.
Ouri already received his invitation to the Penn State Nike Camp on May 2 and plans to attend several one-day camps throughout the spring and summer.
Although Ouri holds no official offers, Maryland, Delaware, Boston College and Syracuse have expressed interest.
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