Kwabena Asante, RB, Blake: Asante was a breakout star in 2008. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound running back rushed for 1,422 yards and eight touchdowns and had some of his best games against Montgomery County's best teams.
Asante rushed for 231 yards against Gaithersburg, 184 against Magruder, and 256 with three touchdowns against Rockville.
His performance earned him all-Montgomery County second-team honors as a running back.
The rising senior showed off more of his talent at the Nike Baltimore Combine, running a 4.76 shuttle and posting a 37.4-inch vertical jump and a kneeling power ball throw of 31 feet.
According to his Scouts Inc. database page on ESPNU, Asante "is a very
solid running back that has a great combination of toughness and quickness. He is a stout and powerful back that has excellent vision and finds small cracks to explode through."
Scouts Inc. rates Asante a 74, which is considered a good prospect.
Joshua Davis-Stokes, FB/LB/P, Edmondson: The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Davis-Stokes may not have gotten a lot of ink last season, but the rising senior was one reason the Red Storm's ground game was so effective.
"He did all the dirty work," Edmondson head coach Dante Jones said. "He was more of a fullback and blocking. It wasn't a whole bunch of glory, but he got the job done."
While his blocking may not have gotten him noticed, Davis-Stokes was named all-Baltimore City second team as a punter by the Baltimore City coaches.
Matt White, FB, Bohemia Manor: Bohemia Manor has a lot to look forward to in 2009. Named as the href=http://sports.espn.go.com/highschool/rise/football/news/story?id=3781696>No. 4 program on the rise in 2009 by MDVarsity.com, the Eagles return a solid core from last season's 6-5 team.
Among those players is the 5-foot-7, 177-pound White.
As a junior last season, White rushed for 462 yards and 10 touchdowns as a fullback and earned Cecil Whig first-team honors. During the Nike Baltimore Combine, White showed good athleticism with a 4.71 shuttle, a kneeling power ball toss of 38 feet and a vertical jump of 25.6 inches.
Connor Miller, DL, Elkton Christian: Miller led Cecil County in sacks, taking quarterbacks to the turf 10 times last season.
Miller recorded 53 tackles and earned small school all-state honorable mention and first-team all-county honors last season.
Trevon Butler, WR, Henry Wise: Wise is fresh off the best season in its short history, and with the return of several key players, 2009 could be even better for the Pumas.
One player head coach DaLawn Parrish will be counting on is the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Butler.
Last season, Butler made 15 catches and took six of those receptions for touchdowns.
"He runs excellent routes and has excellent hands. He can catch it in traffic, absorb the hit and then jump over your head," Parrish said. "He's got great body control in the air, and he has great judgment -- his hand-eye coordination is excellent."
Wise reached the Class 4A state semifinals in 2008 in its first postseason appearance.
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