Jenkins Camp Gives Parents Recruiting Tips

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OLNEY – J. Everette Pearsall, founder and executive director of the National Alliance of African American Athletes, was among the keynote speakers Saturday at the parent’s seminar during the third annual Jelani Jenkins Youth Football Camp at Good Counsel High School.

Since 1992, Pearsall’s organization has been responsible for presenting the annual Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award trophy to the nation’s top African-American male high school scholar athlete.

Various major college football programs recruited Jenkins, who was a Watkins Award finalist and boasted a 3.96 grade point average during his senior campaign at Good Counsel, before he opted to sign with the University of Florida in 2009. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2013 National Football League Draft, and although he left school early, he returned to Gainesville last year to pick up his undergraduate degree in applied physiology and kinesiology.


Good Counsel graduate heads to Redskins

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Lou Young of the RedskinsGood Counsel alum Lou Young joins the Redskins. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS  The Washington Redskins have added a former Montgomery County standout to their roster.

Lou Young, a 2010 Good Counsel graduate, has signed a free agent deal with the NFL franchise. The former All-Sentinel Defensive Player of the Year has spent the past three seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

In order to make room for the Washington D.C. native, the Redskins released Shak Randolph.

“It feels good to be home – close to home, like a 45-minute drive,” said Young. “I know my mom is excited. It’s like going to your hometown college almost, so it feels good. I’m grateful for the opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it.”


Blue Devils win Watkins Mills Passing League Tournament

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GAITHERSBURG – Members of the Springbrook Blue Devils varsity football team, coming off a 1-9 fall football season, won the 2017 first annual XPro Upper County Classic 7 on 7 Passing League Tournament as the four-round single elimination bracket was a chance to showcase local talent and had a family feel at Watkins Mills High School on Saturday.

The finals had the Blue Devils dismantle the Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles, 23-6, on the strong play of Blue Devils quarterback Trevon Ruffin. The stars of the Blue Devils squad were senior quarterback/ tight end Markell McDaniel and Ruffin. McDaniel and Ruffin were in a heated quarterback duel where both players saw action. Ruffin threw three touchdowns in the final round, including a beautiful one-handed leaping touchdown completion to senior wide receiver Moses Kamara. 

“It feels great,” said Ruffin. It feels great to win a championship … I want to give a shout-out to my senior receiver Moses Kamara for making that clutch play.” 


Q.O. grad heads to Dallas Cowboys

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Former Quince Orchard standout Darnell Leslie has signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

Leslie, a former All-Sentinel defensive lineman, went undrafted after a stellar career at Monmouth University. He participated in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie minicamp in early May.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Leslie, a former Monmouth defensive end who signed with Dallas on his 23rd birthday last month. “The Cowboys are a top-rate organization, and I am excited to get started with them. The first day we arrived, we had a lot of paperwork to fill out and physicals. Right when we woke up on the second day, we got straight to film, got our playbooks and then out to the walkthrough with practice in the evening. It helped to be with the Buccaneers the week before to get my nerves out of the way. They also run a similar defense because [Cowboys Defensive Coordinator] Rod Marinelli was at Tampa Bay, so the concepts are similar.”


Remembering friends lost through a mutual love

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Jacob DennisJacob Dennis. COURTESY PHOTO 

CLARKSBURG – High school student Jacob Dennis could have chosen a brand-new car, but instead he wanted a truck the same make and model that his father drove at 18 years old.

The two of them restored the 1989 Ford truck, painted it black and added a Maryland flag to the tailgate.

On June 8, Dennis and teammates Patrick Shifflett and Cary Greene, also juniors, were in the flag-emblazoned, black truck driving in Damascus when it hit a tree.

At the school Saturday, more than 100 people attended the Jacob Dennis Foundation Car Show. Proceeds would go to the foundation, which will award $2,500 scholarships to three seniors this year, mother Trina Dennis said.


MoCo alum finds a home in nearby Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Eagles selected Rockville native Mack Hollins in the fourth round of the NFL Draft last weekend.

Hollins, 23, was the draft’s 118th overall selection and became the first former Wootton player selected in 16 years. In 2001, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Temple offensive lineman Mathias Nkwenti in the fourth round with the 111th overall pick.

During his high school career at Wootton, Hollins went virtually unnoticed on the gridiron and received little interest from major college scouts while sporting the Patriots uniform.

“He was under the radar,” explained Wootton head coach Eddie Tolliver, “because he didn’t play his junior year.”


Former Avalon standout joins the pipeline to play at Shepherd University

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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. – Avalon graduate Michael Blackman-Gladney made his collegiate debut Saturday in Shepherd University’s annual spring football game at Ram Stadium.

Shepherd, a Division II powerhouse, has built a pipeline from Montgomery County to the small West Virginia school over the years.

Blackman-Gladney, a former Montgomery Village Sports Association youth league standout, redshirted last fall but is expected to make a contribution on the gridiron during the 2017 campaign.

“It’s definitely a blessing to be out there with the older guys,” said Blackman-Gladney, who is projected to be the team’s starting strong safety this year.


Former Redskins offensive tackle joins Churchill High School

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xChris SamuelsChris Samuels. COURTESY PHOTO  

Former Washington Redskins All-Pro offensive tackle Chris Samuels is joining the football program at Churchill High School.

Samuels, who served a two-year stint as the head coach at Osbourn High School in Northern Virginia, has been named the offensive coordinator at Churchill.

In January, Churchill promoted former defensive coordinator Willie Williams to head coach after Albert Song resigned following two seasons at the helm of the program.

Williams, a 13-year NFL veteran who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, said Samuels is a good fit for the program.

“He had other opportunities,” said Williams. “I’m just so glad he chose Churchill.”


Redskins give back with community service aid

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Many Washington Redskins alumni are committed to community service in the greater Washington area. Here are some of the views of five former Redskins players who value service. Topics included slavery in Africa, human suffering, education, youth leadership initiatives, Redskins Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs and mood-altering chemical abuse.


Friends and family honor Short

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A former Montgomery County Public School head football coach was laid to rest last weekend.

Dr. James Short, who guided the Montgomery Blair football program from 1995-2003, was memorialized at Lackey High School in Charles County on Saturday, March 26.

Short, who died suddenly of kidney failure on March 21 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, was 58.

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