Recruiting: Top 10 Unsigned from the Class of 2025

The DMV is stacked with talent in all sports, but football and basketball are the two sports that consistently send local athletes to the next level (and beyond). Here are the Top 10 unsigned recruits from the WCAC, IAC & MAC for the Class of 2025.

1. Faheem Delane, Good Counsel

Position: Safety

Height and Weight: 6-2/182

Coming in at #1 on our list is Faheem Delane, a certified stud at the safety position for Good Counsel.  Delane defines the identity of GC’s defense with his explosive playmaking abilities all throughout the field.  He has received offers from 26 schools, including powerhouses like Penn State, Ohio State, and Alabama. Delane has excited many locals in recent days by praising the undefeated UMD Terrapins, who have also made him an offer.  Several recruiting sites have Penn State as Delane’s most likely landing spot.

2. Kanoia Winston, Gonzaga

Position: Safety

Height and Weight: 5-10/185

Kanoia Winston is the highest-rated 2025 prospect out of Washington, D.C.  He too, is a safety that dominates every time he steps on the field.  College Football Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming says Winston plays downhill and “hits like a ton of bricks. He has received 24 offers from top-tier schools, and like Delane, experts predict he will land at Penn State. The Nittany Lions’ defense has the chance to be deadly in a couple years.

3. Tariq Hayer, St John’s

Position: Cornerback

Height and Weight: 6-0/ 175

Tariq Hayer, out of St. John’s, checks in at #3 on our list.  Hayer is the highest rated corner in the District, and it was easy to see why in his visit to Notre Dame over the summer. In addition to the Fighting Irish, Hayer has received offers from 17 other schools. With offers from schools all over the nation, E3 Elite calculates that his most likely destination is The University of Maryland.

4. Bryce Jenkins, Friendship Collegiate Academy

Position: Defensive Lineman

Height and Weight: 6-5/ 315

Bryce Jenkins has been an absolute menace for Friendship in his sophomore season. The defensive tackle  gets to the quarterback quickly and makes it extremely hard for opposing running backs to break through. Jenkins has received offers from 18 schools. His most likely destination is the University of South Carolina, where he would most certainly provide a boost to a GameCock’s team striving for success in the always difficult SEC.

5. Bud Coombs, DeMatha

Position: Running Back

Height and Weight: 5-9, 175

Bud Coombs is the first player on the offensive side of the ball to make it onto the list.  Coombs has received offers from 18 schools, mostly on the East Coast. Coombs has a shiftiness and speed that makes him deadly in the running game. He, too, is projected to land at Penn State. 

6. Gavin Crawford, Good Counsel

Position: Interior Offensive Lineman

Height and Weight: 6-4, 285

The first offensive lineman on our list is Gavin Crawford out of Good Counsel.  Crawford has been a beast for Good Counsel.  His dominance on the offensive line provides huge gaps for the Falcons’ running backs to break through, not to mention provides a safety blanket for their quarterback. Ranked as the #23 offensive lineman in the nation, experts predict Crawford will choose Michigan State.  He has received 10 other offers, as well.

7. Devenchi Arnold, Gonzaga

Position: Cornerback

Height and Weight: 6-2, 180

Devenchi Arnold, a 3-star corner out of Gonzaga, is the second corner on our list. Arnold is an elite tackler for the Eagles.  He stays with his receivers all the way, and if they do happen to make a catch on him, they won’t get very far after that. Arnold has received several offers, and it’s looking like he may be headed north to Boston College.

8. Benjamin Chandler, McNamara

Position: ATH

Height and Weight: 5-10, 175

Benjamin Chandler’s position is listed as an athlete, and that’s exactly what he is.  And a very good one at that. Chandler plays free safety on the defense and wide receiver on offense. On the defensive end, he is a heavy hitter who makes the opponent’s receivers think twice before they go across the middle. His tackling skills are very useful in the punt game, as well.  He is projected to land at Virginia Tech, but keep an eye on Wake Forest and South Carolina.

9. Grayson Reid, Maret School

Position: Interior Offensive Lineman

Height and Weight: 6-3, 260

Grayson Reid, the big offensive lineman out of Maret, will help any college quarterback stay safe behind the line of scrimmage. He manhandles anyone that crosses him, making the offense run much smoother. Recruiters project he will land at Duke, where has already received an offer. 

10. Eiden Buchanan, Good Counsel

Position: Offensive Tackle

Height and Weight: 6-8, 310

Another crucial piece of the Good Counsel offense is offensive tackle Eiden Buchanan.  At 6-8, 310, Buchanan is a monster on the line that makes it extremely difficult for the defense to get any pressure on their quarterback.  Buchanan is projected to stay local and become a Terrapin.

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