It's a waiting game for Maryland three-star tight end prospect Daniel Nwosu who hopes to get some…
Recap: Chesapeake Bowl Selection Camp
Tryouts for the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl took place this weekend on the turf of St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. Out of the competitive talent that showed, only 25 will earn a spot on the 50 player roster for the December matchup. For those who are not familiar with the Chesapeake Bowl, it is a senior-only, all-star football game showcasing the top high school football talent from New Jersey to Virginia. In addition to the 25 chosen from the selection camp, the committee along with the Mid-Atlantic Football Foundation will handpick an additional 22 players from the region. Five-star cornerback Ronald Darby (Potomac High, MD), five-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs and five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman were pre-camp selections by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming earlier this summer and have already committed to play. Let's take a look at the talent on display this weekend who really have the best shot at punching their ticket to this year's bowl game. The collection of linemen was impressive. DeMatha (MD) offensive guard Connor Bozick is a sure candidate for selection. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound beast is a force to be reckoned with. Oddly enough, his offers do not reflect his on-field performance. Bozick is still hoping for that marquee school to extend him a scholarship. A school high on his list is Georgia Tech. He left a big impression on Al Groh recently at their camp, but an offer has yet to be formalized. Arguably, the best prospect on the line was Win Homer out of Christchurch (VA) who already pledged his commitment to Boston College over in-state offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech. Homer, a bit rusty, will be the anchor the o-line needs come game time. And rest assured BC fans, he is "all the way to Bean Town," he said. He already got his game tickets for the opener against Northwestern. Giving the o-line some issues was VJ Davey out of Thomas Johnson High (MD). Davey typically plays offensive tackle but left a mark on the defensive side of the ball. He is a borderline D-1 prospect who pulled in his first offer from Bryant. With a 4.3 grade point average, Davey is obviously gaining some interest from the IVY Leagues. The top tightend, without a doubt, goes to Duval's (MD) Daniel Nwosu. Nwosu is a three-star prospect who reports a 3.5 GPA. This is another kid whose offer list doesn't match his talent level. He is receiving an increased interest from Syracuse, Maryland, West Virginia and New Mexico, yet his only offers come from D-1AA programs at this moment in time. Other sleepers on the line included tight end Matt McCarthy out of Kent Island who holds an offer from Bryant; Abe M'Bodj out of Northern who said he is hearing from NC State, Wake Forest and Delaware; and center Trey Murray, a true fighter from Queen Annes (VA), who despite his size at 5-foot-6, unleashed a tenaciousness that was just pure scary. For the defensive backfield, we have to give props to cornerback Donovan Riley. It's no wonder why Virginia Tech was after this one. The Hokies commit has all the tools to be dominate in the secondary. He should be a guaranteed pick for the bowl game. Juleon Killikelly-Lee out of Western Tech (MD) is a speedy corner that should receive more offers in the near future. Maryland is upping the interest, but according to Lee, he needs to work on the academic side of his recruitment before he can secure an offer from the Terps. Friendship Collegiate (DC) is loaded with talent including Douglas Moore, who showed up to compete. Moore is the cousin of Pittsburgh's incoming freshman Malcolm Crockett, a former Chesapeake Bowl player. "He played in the game last year and I can only hope to follow in his footsteps," said Moore who recently pulled in his first offer from VMI. "It was a blessing and a lot of weight is now off my shoulders. I love the discipline there." He did say, he expects to hear from more programs. "UNC said I was number four on their recruiting board." Other notable DBs included Garrett and Dylan Clay from Fort Hill who play running back as well. The Clay brothers are identical twins with matched talent and love for the game. "We are inseparable pretty much and want to go to college together." According to the Clays, they have gained interest from Villanova, JMU, Towson, NC State, Navy and Coastal Carolina. At linebacker, Avery Thompson, a recent Maryland commit, stole the show. "Edsall has been following me since UConn," said the Grassfield High (VA) athlete who was excited about his commitment to the Terps. Other notables at the linebacker position included Steve Lynch out of Hayfield (MD) and Old Mill's (MD) Rafael Kess. All three signal callers put on a competition. Ben Onett out of St. Johns (D.C) led the pack. Onett verbally committed to Temple earlier this spring. Wakefield (VA) quarterback Drew Powell is built more like a linebacker, but has one heck of an arm, and Tamaric Crews is looking to leave a stamp on the Ocean Lakes program in his final yet first-year as a starter for the Dolphins. There was an impressive kicking battle on the turf between Purdue commit Thomas Meadows out of Goochland High (VA) and Austin Gebe from Virginia. Purdue is inheriting a top notch kicker in Meadows who out-kicked everyone on the gridiron this weekend. Out wide, it was the sleepers who put on the best show, starting first with running back/wide receiver Derrill Thomas out of Broad Run (VA). Thomas is one of many prospects still waiting for his first offer to arrive. Emmanual Smith is a name we continue hear around the mid-Atlantic camp circuit. Despite his size, Smith can turn heads with his incredible burst of speed and near impossible catches. Other notable wide receivers included Chase Walker out of Centreville (VA), Bradley Shrader out of Queen Annes, Cortez Lucas from Imani Christian Academy and Ryan Umpleby from Fallston (MD). The 25 selected will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay on Scout.com for continual Chesapeake Bowl coverage as well as a recap of the underclassmen camp that took place Saturday.
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