OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Billy Cosh, Arundel
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Louis Young, Good Counsel
The following is the Maryland high school football Consensus All-State team, which consists of the top 30 vote getters from the Media All-State teams, both Big and Small School.
This season, Arundel's Billy Cosh and Good Counsel's Louis Young were voted by the media as the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively.
The 2009 team marks the first time in 10 years that three kickers make the Consensus Team.
Previous Consensus Teams consist of some of the top recruits in Maryland and this year is no different. Almost every player on the team is already committed to college or holds multiple offers.
Maryland and Iowa have the most recruits, with both schools getting three commitments. The range of schools is an impressive list, with players committing to California, Kansas State, Michigan, Penn State and Stanford among others.
This is the 18th year of the media All-State team in Maryland.
The Consensus Team, along with Players and Coaches of the Year will be honored at the All-State banquet Feb. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Josh Bordner, Sr., Century: Bordner is one of only four players in Maryland high school football history to throw for at least 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. The Baltimore Sun and Carroll County Times first-team selection threw for 2,082 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. The Boston College commit also rushed for 329 yards and 10 touchdowns. A two-way player, Bordner recorded 56 tackles, seven sacks and an interception as a linebacker on defense.
Billy Cosh, Sr., Arundel
Details: Cosh has a host of accolades over the past two seasons and he can add Offensive Player of the Year to the list. A repeat Consensus All-State selection, Cosh threw for 3,360 yards and 55 touchdowns this season. Cosh was selected as the Washington Post Player of the Year and the Baltimore Sun's Co-Player of the Year. The Kansas State commit finished his career with public school records for most passing yards in a career (7,433) and touchdowns (112).
Marcus Coker, Sr., DeMatha
Details: Despite missing slightly more than two games this season, Coker led Prince George's County in rushing with 1,567 yards and 20 touchdowns. The PG Gazette Player of the Year and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) first-team selection rushed for 391 yards against Gilman earlier this season. That number places the Iowa commit in the Top 5 all-time for most rushing yards in one game.
Josh Furman, Sr., Old Mill
Details: Furman, the Baltimore Sun Co-Player of the Year, rushed for 2,285 yards and 31 touchdowns this season. Furman was third in the state in rushing and had a season-high 414 yards and six touchdowns in a region final 58-55 victory over Arundel. Furman was a big reason Old Mill reached the Class 4A state final, rushing for 762 yards and 10 touchdowns through the first three playoff games. Furman committed to play for Michigan during the Maryland Crab Bowl on Monday, Dec. 21.
Zach Zwinak, Sr., Linganore
Details: Few players in Maryland took over a game when it mattered most like Zwinak did this season. The Penn State commit rushed for 848 yards and nine touchdowns in Linganore's playoff run to the Class 3A state championship -- accounting for 42 percent of his total yards this season. The Frederick News Post Offensive Player of the Year, Zwinak rushed for 2,019 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, helping Linganore to a 14-0 season and the No. 1 ranking in the MDVarsity.com High School Football Media State Poll.
Max Coale, Sr., River Hill
Details: Coale was a three-year starter on a River Hill team that went 40-1 in his career. Named to the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post All-Met first team, Coale was a key player on the Hawks offensive line, helping pave the way for an offense that rushed for 3,889 yards this season. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior has been receiving college interest from Division I-AA schools in addition to teams in the Ivy and Patriot Leagues.
Robby Havenstein, Sr., Linganore
Details: Ahuge force on Linganore's offensive line -- literally. The 6-foot-7, 345-pound Havenstein earned Monocacy Valley Athletic League (MVAL) and Frederick News Post first-team honors. The University of Wisconsin commit helped pave the way for a Linganore offense that rushed for more than 3,000 yards this season. Havenstein has been a key member of the Lancers for the past two seasons, helping the team reach the Class 4A state championship game last season and compiling a 27-1 record over two years.
Shane Johnson, Sr., DeMatha
Details: Johnson is one of two DeMatha offensive linemen on the Consensus All-State Team. Johnson was a WCAC and Prince George's County Gazette first-team selection after helping anchor a Stags offensive line that produced 2,500 rushing yards this season. Johnson committed to Pittsburgh after holding offers from more than 20 schools across the country.
Arie Kouandjio, Sr., DeMatha
Details: The second DeMatha lineman to make the Consensus Team, Kouandjio earned Washington Post, P.G. Gazette and WCAC first-team honors this season. One of Maryland's top recruits, the 6-foot-6, 314-pound Kouandjio holds more than 20 offers from schools ranging from Alabama, Notre Dame and Miami to California. Kouandjio is expected to play at tackle in college and has scheduled visits at several schools in January, including a Jan. 29 visit to Tennessee.
Hussam Ouri, Sr., Broadneck
Details: The 6-foot-3, 291-pound Ouri was named to the Baltimore Sun and Annapolis Capital first team and the Washington Post second team. The three-year starter was a key component in a Broadneck offense that averaged more than 200-yards rushing per game. In his three years as a starter, Ouri has played tackle, guard and, this season, center for the Bruins. Also a defensive player, Ouri holds an offer from Navy and has been receiving interest from a range of Football Championship Series schools.
Brandon Coleman, Sr., Bishop McNamara
Details: Coleman is a two-sport star in football and basketball and is recruited in both sports. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound receiver recorded 48 receptions for 789 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, despite receiving double coverage in every game. On defense, the senior recorded 64 tackles and four interceptions and earned Washington Post All-Met and P.G. Gazette first-team honors. Coleman has narrowed his list of college choices to three: Maryland, Rutgers and Syracuse.
Ronnie Harris, Sr., Arundel
Details: Harris becomes the third Arundel receiver in three years to be named to the Consensus All-State Team -- an honor that has never happened in the 18-year history of the team. Harris earned the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post All-Met First Team honors after a senior season in which he had a state-record 114 receptions and 28 receiving touchdowns. Harris ends his career with a state record 190 receptions and is second all-time with 48 receiving touchdowns. Harris holds offers from Delaware, New Hampshire, Monmouth and Towson.
Ivan Tagoe, Sr., Paint Branch
Details: Tagoe proved to be the Panthers best player this season. The 6-foot, 200-pound senior earned Washington post All-Met first-team honors in addition to being named to the Montgomery Gazette First Team. On offense, Tagoe made 54 catches for 809 yards and nine touchdowns. On defense the senior recorded 63 tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions. The senior is getting interest from the University of Maryland.
Darius Jennings, Jr., Gilman
Details: The only junior position player on the Consensus All-State Team, Jennings is quite possibly the most exciting high school football player in Maryland. The Baltimore Sun All-Met first-team selection, Jennings rushed for 2,028 yards and 25 touchdowns while playing quarterback this season. Jennings added 748 yards and 10 touchdowns passing and already holds offers from Iowa and the University of Maryland. In Gilman's game against DeMatha, Jennings rushed for 238 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 126 yards and three more scores.
Michael Branthover, Jr., DeMatha
Details: The junior will be one of the most coveted punter/kicker recruits in recent Maryland history. He dropped five kicks insside the 20 in the WCAC final. He also converted six of eight field goal attempts this season and had a long of 44 yards. The Washington Post and P.G. Gazette first-team selection, Branthover made 51 of 52 extra point attempts and had a streak this season of sending 32 straight kickoffs into the end zone.
Thomas Erdman, Sr., River Hill
Details: A consistent performer on River Hill's defense the past few years, Erdman was key to the team's 40-game win streak. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Erdman was selected to the Baltimore Sun All-Met first team and Washington Post second team after recording 86 tackles (24 for loss), 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Erdman has been looking at several Division II schools.
Anthony Ferguson, Sr., Gilman
Details: Ferguson is one of three Gilman players on the Consensus Team. Gilman head coach Biff Poggi considers the 6-foot-2, 280-pound Ferguson one of the best defensive linemen he ever coached. The Baltimore Sun All-Met first-team selection recorded 68 tackles, five sacks and five forced fumbles this season. Twenty-one of his tackles went for losses. Ferguson is committed to Iowa, one of three Maryland seniors headed to the Big 10 program.
Troy Gloster, Sr., Good Counsel
Details: The 6-foot, 220-pound Gloster is committed to play at West Virginia University. The WCAC first-team selection played defensive end for Good Counsel this season, recording 48 tackles (10 for loss) and 2.5 sacks. Gloster also earned Montgomery Gazette first-team and Washington Post All-Met second-team honors this season. Gloster's older brother, Drew, was also a Consensus Team selection his senior year in high school.
Anthony McDaniel, Sr., Henry Wise
Details: One of the Pumas' top players this season, McDaniel earned Washington Post and P.G. Gazette first-team honors and was named the Gazette's Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot, 240-pound McDaniel was the anchor of Wise's defense, recording 77 tackles and 12 sacks en route to helping his team to an MPSSAA record eight straight shutouts this season. McDaniel is committed to play football at Richmond.
A.J. Bowman, Sr., Good Counsel
Details: Bowman is one of three Good Counsel players on the Consensus All-State Team. Bowman is a two-time WCAC first-team selection, earning the honor at linebacker this season after making it as a defensive lineman last year. Bowman recorded 54 tackles (11 for loss) and six sacks this year as Good Counsel won its first WCAC championship. Bowman earned honors as one of the best linemen at the Maryland Crab Bowl on Monday, Dec, 21.
Connor Crowell, Jr., North Point
Details: The only junior on the defensive side of the Consensus All-State Team, Crowell anchored a North Point defense that allowed an average of 6.7 points per game this year. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker earned Washington Post All-Met first-team honors after recording 100 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions this season. Crowell will be among the state's top senior recruits next school year.
Nick Forbes, Sr., Thomas Johnson
Details: Forbes is one of the top players in Maryland. The Frederick News Post Defensive Player of the Year, Forbes recorded 114 tackles (15 for loss), three interceptions and thee forced fumbles this season on defense. A two-way standout, Forbes also rushed for 1,519 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior earned Big School All-State honors after his junior season, recording 109 tackles and six sacks. Forbes is committed to play college football at California.
Jim Poggi, Sr., Gilman
Details: Poggi recorded 127 tackles (17 for loss), eight sacks and three interceptions for a Gilman team that won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) A Conference championship this season. The Baltimore Sun All-Met first-team selection is committed to play football at Iowa and is the third Consensus All-State player committed to the Hawkeyes (Coker and Ferguson being the others).
Kevin Johnson, Sr., River Hill
Details: Johnson was a shutdown defensive back for River Hill. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Johnson only allowed four completions and zero touchdowns his way over the past two seasons. The Baltimore Sun All-Met first-team selection, Johnson recorded 26 tackles and three interceptions this season, helping River Hill reach the Class 3A state semifinals. Johnson will join former Consensus All-State selection and teammate Michael Campanaro at Wake Forest.
Jeremiah Johnson, Sr., Suitland
Details: The 6-foot, 180-pound Johnson was the anchor of a Suitland defense that that allowed only 72 points in the regular season. Johnson earned P.G. Gazette first-team and Washington Post second-team honors this season after recording 99 tackles and four interceptions. The senior is committed to play football at the University of Maryland.
Matt Robinson, Sr., Atholton
Details: Robinson played several positions for Atholton this season, earning Baltimore Sun All-Met first team as a receiver and Washington Post All-Met first team as a linebacker. As a receiver, Robinson hauled in 39 passes for 792 yards and nine touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Robinson is a force on either side of the ball and is committed to play college football at the University of Maryland.
Titus Till, Sr., Henry Wise
Details: Till's senior season got off to a slow start with the University of Maryland commit missing the first three games of the year. But Till rebounded to record 64 tackles and four interceptions in helping lead the Pumas to the Class 4A state championship game. Till was Wise's best all-around player, and he even handled kickoff and punt duties for the state runner-up. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive back earned P.G. Gazette first-team and Washington Post second-team honors this year.
Louis Young, Sr., Good Counsel
Details: The Defensive Player of the Year, Young finished his senior season with seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups. A key component on the Falcons WCAC championship team, Young earned Washington Post, Montgomery Gazette and WCAC first-team honors this year. The 6-foot, 185-pound Young committed to play for Stanford at the Crab Bowl on Monday.
John Carpenter, Sr., Allegany
Details: Carpenter is one of two place-kickers on this year's Consensus Team and one of three players that could have made the team as either a place kicker or punter. Carpenter was a perfect eight of eight on field goals this year with a long of 43 yards. The senior hit on 42 of 43 extra points this season. As a junior, Carpenter converted six of nine field goals. He is being recruiting by Division I programs.
Alex Eckard, Sr., Linganore
Details: Only once before in the 18-year history of the Consensus Team has there been three kickers selected in the same year. A Frederick News-Post first-team selection, Eckard holds the Maryland state record for most extra points (205) and field goals (24) in a career. This season, Eckard hit eight field goals and converted 65 extra points. As a junior, Eckard had a state record 93 points after making 72 extra points and seven field goals.
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Marc Mesaros, Eastern Tech
Details: Mesaros led Eastern Tech to three straight Class 2A championship games between 2007 and 2009, and got his first state championship trophy this year with a 16-8 victory over Queen Anne's. The Mavericks had wins over Hereford, Milford Mill, Catonsville, Patuxent and Douglass-PG this season. Mesaros is the second-winningest head coach in Baltimore County behind Hereford's Steve Turnbaugh.
Doug Williams, Catoctin
Details: Williams is a 20-year veteran at Catoctin and guided Catoctin to its first football state championship in school history. Williams led his team to victories over Dunbar and Joppatowne in the state semifinals and finals, respectively. During the regular season, the Cougars defeated Class 2A semifinalist Middletown 35-28 and had wins over playoff teams Boonsboro and Smithsburg.