A Look at Some of the Best of the Rest: Quality Prospects from Bottom of the Anne Arundel Region
Even though teams may struggle in there respective leagues, that does not mean quality prospects do not exist on these rosters. Talented prospects can be found across all rosters, and the Anne Arundel Region is no different. Even the teams at the bottom of the standings in this region boast quality players. Which is why […]
Even though teams may struggle in there respective leagues, that does not mean quality prospects do not exist on these rosters. Talented prospects can be found across all rosters, and the Anne Arundel Region is no different. Even the teams at the bottom of the standings in this region boast quality players. Which is why this piece will depict 4 possible prospects from teams that finished at the bottom of the Anne Arundel Region standings. Describing the skillsets of these players and what they could bring to a College program.
This first player despite playing for a surprisingly disappointing 4-6 Chesapeake High School team displays some solid skills on the field. This player is named Alonzo Wilkes who at around 6’4” 170 lbs. is a huge pass catching target on the outside who could develop into a player. With his physical size with the right coaching and opportunity he could become a true big body threat outside the numbers. He has a wingspan that gives him a wide catch radius, while his height gives him an advantage on contested catches. He has strong hands, rarely ever catching the ball with his body making him a reliable receiver. Wilkes also can operate out of all areas of the field as well making him versatile in his usage. Wilkes runs solid routes, but does still have room to grow in this area. Although he does work the sidelines and come out of his break well enough to create manageable separation from defenders. He also could benefit from putting more weight on at the position, though this will come as he matures. With his body type and abilities to get open on film this young receiver has a bright future if he continues to work at his craft. It is only a matter of time before people begin to look at this young man and see the physical tools and inquire about him.
The next player who deserves a look played this past season for a North County High School team the went through a tough season. Despite a 3-7 campaign Junior running back Tony Bedell showed well for himself and is worth keeping an eye going into his Senior year. Despite being a year away still from reaching the college ranks Bedell needs to be recognized because of his production and talents. In 10 games played this past year he rushed for 1001 yards, with a 7.1 yards per run average, and averaging 119.6 yards per game. The stats show he was highly productive across the board and has more to show his senior campaign. As far as his skillset Bedell at approximately 5’11” 185 lbs. showcases playmaking ability at the position. Bedell runs hard and showed to be a tough tackle. He hits holes hard and continues to grow in his ability to see and hit holes. He has good burst and the speed to breakaway in the open field which is why he had 4 runs over 50 yards or more this year. Bedell blocks well when called upon in passing situations which is a luxury. Bedell also can be an effective pass catcher out of the backfield which gives him the chance to be a 3 down running back. Bedell has the talents to succeed at the next level if given a chance.
The next prospect plays at Glen Burnie High School which went 1-8 this past season. This prospect is Ryan Witt who at approximately 6’2” 200 lbs. plays quarterback. He has good size and build for the position and showed on film some raw tools that could be molded into a quality QB. He shows toughness in the pocket on film, standing tall and taking hits to deliver throws when necessary. He shows solid arm strength and a good ability to make throws outside the number, especially toward the sidelines. He displays the instincts at times to maneuver in and outside the pocket when protection breaks down. Buying time for his receivers down the field to get open. His ball placement is good, but could still improve with further reps. He will have to continue to learn how to read coverages as well but this also will come with time. His timing throws are also a sharp part of his game which helps keep the chains moving on offense. His play fake and ball handling also help him set up play action, though this area could improve as well. Witt being just a Sophomore this past year has room to grow and yet some of the early returns are strong. As he got great experience despite a losing season this past year. If he continues the next two years of his career on an upward trajectory his talent at the QB position will make him a wanted commodity among college programs in the future.
Now for the last player to highlight played at Southern High School who went 2-7. 6’1” tight end Russell Dandridge is a player who had a good junior season. Now if he continues his growth into his senior year will become a wanted commodity among scouts. In terms of his on field play he is a big body target who was a consistent playmaker for a struggling Southern team. He was a player who could box out in the red-zone and be a reliable target for his quarterback. He is a player who on film showed a consistency in attacking the football when it was in the air. Earning the trust of his QB to throw him 50/50 balls, because of his physicality in his route running and strong hands. He shows the ability to get deep as well with good athleticism and speed to beat corners and safeties. Dandridge does need to work on his blocking to become a complete player at the position, but his ability as a pass catcher is clear. Dandridge is a player that has all the skills to be a great pass catcher at the next level with further improvement. Dandridge may benefit from a move to receiver, although if he grows into his frame he can stick at tight end. His ability to play inside and outside makes him versatile as a player on offense which is a skill observes look for. Dandridge like the rest of the players on this list just need more recognition and opportunity to eventually succeed at the next level.