Ahead of the 2021 high school football season, MaxPreps is breaking down the top senior prospects in the country state-by-state as rated by 247Sports. We continue the series with Maryland, which opens play Sept. 3.
The top recruit in the state is 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive lineman Dani Dennis-Sutton from McDonough Schoo, who is headed to Penn State. Dennis-Sutton is one of three Eagles on the Top 10 senior list. 247SPORTS: Complete Maryland 2022 player rankings
As impressive as McDonough School's top-end talent is, it doesn't quite compare with St. Frances Academy, which sports half of the 10 top players led by 6-3, 230-pound linebacker Jaishawn Barham.
1. Dani Dennis-Sutton | McDonogh (Owings Mills)
By positions, six of the 10 are defensive linemen, while wide receiver, linebacker, defensive back and athlete each claim one recruit. As of Aug. 18, six of the 10 have committed to college programs, all to different places.
Maryland's Top 10 football players from Class of 2022
6-5 | 250 | DL | Penn State commit
The nation's No. 47 recruit overall helped his team to an 11-1 record as a sophomore before junior year was wiped out by the pandemic. Took official visits to Alabama and Georgia before picking Nittany Lions on July 22.
2. Jaishawn Barham | St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)
6-3 | 230 | LB | Undecided
Compared to a young Peter Kalambayi of the Houston Texans. Has 24 offers but appears he's picking between Florida, Maryland, Penn State and South Carolina. 3. Derrick Moore | St. Frances Academy
6-4 | 260 | DL | Oklahoma
Another Top 100 national recruit had 20 offers, but picked the Sooners over Alabama, Arizona State, Florida and Florida State.
4. Aaron Wilson | St. Frances Academy
6-2 | 235 | DL | Undecided
Lines up along with Moore to form one of the fiercest defensive lines in the country. Originally from Florida. 5. Nasir Pearce | St. Frances Academy
6-3 | 275 | DL | Undecided
Yes, a third defensive lineman from the Panthers, Pearce requires double teams to contain him from his noseguard spot. Has offers from Michigan, Georgia and LSU among others. 6. Cam Johnson | St. Frances Academy
6-0 | 175 | CB | Virginia Tech
Think the Panthers might be tough on defense? Committed to the Hokies on Aug. 14 two months after his official visit. 7. Anto Saka | Loyola Blakefield (Towson)
6-2 | 230 | DE | Northwestern
A sprinter and shot putter on the track team, this versatile athlete is a fierce pass rusher. 8. Peter Kikwata | Northwest (Germantown)
6-1 | 170 | WR | Undecided
Has 21 offers, but leaning toward either South Carolina, Arkansas or West Virginia, where he took an official visit on June 24. 9. Preston Howard | McDonogh School (Owings Mills)
6-5 | 220 | ATH | Maryland
The dual-threat quarterback accounted for almost 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore before not playing in junior year due to the pandemic. Had other offers from Michigan, Pennstate and Arizona State, among others. 10. Kwan Williams | McDonogh School
6-1 | 275 | DL | Boston College
Howard and Williams make up a dynamic tandem for the Eagles. Had other offers from Duke, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State and Texas A&M.