DeMatha Football 2009: Underrated Underclassmen

The Long Ranger isn’t the only solid Stag on the DeMatha football team this year.  Here is a peep at some of the underrated underclassmen at the school with the most players in the NFL.  I’m not trying to imply that our players are the best, and at the very least they could play for somebody’s college on Saturdays.  I’m going to just, flat out say it: if you’re a college recruiter here are 6 kids you should want playing for your college team.

(K/P) #8 Michael Branthover, Class of 2011.  I shouldn’t have to say anything else about this kid because he has proven time and time again that his services are invaluable.  Despite being an all around great kicker with numbers that indicate that he is already playing on the next level, the DeMatha star still isn’t even in consideration for All Metropolitan honors in the Washington Post as of this writing.

(WR/CB) #3 Jordan Lomax, Class of 2011.  The wide receiver and cornerback can play exceptionally well on the defensive side of the ball.  At times, he can be a shut-out corner.  The DeMatha games against Good Counsel and Bishop McNamara should tell more of the story, but early on he’s looking like a stud.

(TE/DE) #80 Michael Moore, Class of 2012.  First thing you need to know about Michael is that he is about 6’4” and 240 pounds.  The next thing that you should note is that he gets significant playing time as an underclassman on a team that is pretty darn good.  Finally, even if all of those red flags escaped you, you would still probably notice that the young man has a knack for making big plays.

(WR/S) #17 Ryan Burbrink, Class of 2011.  DeMatha quarterback Daniel Tapscott has found a favorite target and his name is Ryan Burbrink.  There is already speculation that Burbrink is the one receiver to pay attention to on the Stags’ offense because he has big game capabilities and excellent route-running skills.  This early recognition might not be cause for concern against better defenses in the league, but so far, nobody has put a stop to the broken record that has become “Tapscott to Burbrink.” 

(OT/DE) #65 Cyrus Kouandjie, Class of 2011.  Cyrus is a load to handle, just like his brother Arie who also starts for the Stags at offensive tackle.  Cyrus is listed as 6’6” and 284 pounds and he is partly responsible for making the holes that The Long Ranger runs through.  To be honest, DeMatha isn’t really a passing team, but there aren’t going to be a lot of kids at the high school level that are going to be able to get past him in the passing game either.  Cyrus’ overall athleticism is very apparent every time that the Stags take the field.

(OL/DL) #58 James Banks, Class of 2011.  The keep saying his name over the loud speaker on the defense.  I must have heard it personally at least two times just against Friendship Collegiate, alone.  That was enough evidence for me.  James appears to be a little undersized but he just might be out of position at the next level.  Anyway, check him out to see for yourself.  The DeMatha Stags have quite a football team over there, you know?


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