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2013 Pre-Season Analysis

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7th Grade National Champions Noah Taylor #6, Dujuan Ellis #1 and Keith Felton #2 Prepare for Battle.....Who will they suit up for in Grassroots? 7th Grade National Champions Noah Taylor #6, Dujuan Ellis #1 and Keith Felton #2 Prepare for Battle.....Who will they suit up for in Grassroots?

The Voyce asked the Question on the Message Board....... Who is going to win it all this year?  Got me thinking that it was waaaaaaay too early to tell.  Then it dawned on me that because of the success of the FBU Tryouts, the team selections, and the Chesapeake Bowl Selections, we have gotten one heckuva head start on identifying talent.  I know for a fact that there are tons of kids that we missed becuase they didn't come to a tryout, but boy did we find some superstars.  I figured I may as well respond to The Voyce and make some pre-season analysis based on what we know will already be in the league.  The exciting part will be to find out WHO ELSE is out there that we don't know about and how it will impact the 2013 GYFL season, which is shaping up to be one for the ages!

As far as who will win this year it is just too early to tell. Here is a quick synopsis from what I can gather so far by region. GYFL Supporters, I do my best to remember names off the top of my head, but there is no way I can remember every kid, so if I miss somebody, feel free to jump in and add the names to the mix! That is what the message board is for. Lastly, if you are a baller and your name is not on this list, prove me wrong and make me know your name. Our motto is Train.....Compete.....Get Noticed. We have the forums and platforms for you to Train, we have created the league for you to Compete, and if you handle your business you will Get Noticed!!! Weigh in folks:

Anne Arundel County Wildcats: Based on the reasoning above I think they will be competitive. QB Sam Brown will be electric, as will FBU Starting FB Arik Smith. LB/FB Nick Vermillion is one of the best in the business and if they can get FBU WR DJ Pratt, WR/DB Tyree Beale and TE/LB Josh Pascal to play, AA County will be tough to beat. Who knows, we may even get a Beau English sighting. 7th Grade RB/DB Jason Labbe from the National Championship team should contribute heavily as well.  Having Danny Burns from GORC as the GM, with support from Calvin Montgomery from Brooklyn Park and Larry Brown from Old Mill, Joe Parker and Richie Petitbon from PAL, Phil Slye from South River High School and Rick Peacock from Pallotti High School you can almost guarantee that AA County will represent. 

Baltimore Metro Stallions: Played in the Championship Game 2 out of 3 years. Always talented. Can never be counted out of the mix. I expect them to be right there again. Not sure if Kasim Hill will come back. I think he is ready for high school to compete for a starting spot as a freshman. Look for the Hamilton studs to play this year and be devastating. FBU LB Freddy Cooper, DT Jemal Shearin, and FBU DB/RB Davon Williams will be special. Too much talent from Baltimore to name it all. Word is 7th Grade National Championship RB/LB Keith Felton may make the trip down to Charles County. If FBU DB Jonathan Donnelly and FBU DE B'Hamad Miller come down from Delaware, put on your seat belts. Bmore will be in the mix.  Bringing Mike Clay over into the President role for the organization will free Coach Tyrone Johnson up to do what he does best, which is coach.  With the support of Bernie Cooper as the Team Director, the Stallions should be something special this year.

Charles County Heat: Coach Byrd has amazed me with his ability and after him leading Team MD to a National Championship at the 7th Grade level, I can assure you he will have some good 7th graders at least! If they can get National Championship QB Dejuan Ellis to play the league better hold it's breath! FBU Champion DE/WR Noah Taylor may play for Charles County as well. FBU Champions Devin Petrillo and Austin Fontaine provide talent on the OL. As long as the Westlake Bulldogs are the anchor organization, I can promise you they will be loaded. With the Southern MD team being in hiatus for one year, they should get everything good from Calvert and St. Mary's County as well. Expect them to be in the mix.  The Westlake staff is special with Coach Emmett Clark and the fellas holding it down.  Expect them to make magic happen.

DC Warriors: Not sure what to expect from them, other than the fact that they will always have talent. They played in the first two Championship Games and won the 2011 Trophy. Too much pride not to come back strong after going 4 - 4 last year. FBU and GYFL Alum Delante Hellams should be devastating as a WR. FBU LB Swaid Belt would be a big boost for DC if he doesn't stay home and play for PG. I have heard Marshall Heights is loaded with talent and coach Dante said we can expect to see some of them out there this year. Austin "The Hammer" Chandler should play big for the Warriors. I expect them to be right there at the end.  Rodney Cephas from Beacon House and Big Lody from Watkins battle like Warriors in the Fall, but it is a beautiful thing to see them bury the hatchett in the Spring for the sake of the kids and make magic together.  If we can lock in Marshall Heights and get a strong committment from the kids, put on your seat belts.

Fairfax County Colts: We found some talent on the FBU Nova Team. FBU OL/DL Chris Veatch will be a big time player for the Colts. FBU OL/DL John Allerton is a force as well and I like the FBU QB Tyrone Crabb a lot. That NOVA team was so spread out that I am not sure which ones are from Fairfax and Prince William, but since we have no boundaries kids can pick and choose. Rick Hairston does such a good job of coaching that I expect them to make the most of whatever they have and I wouldn't be shocked to see some of the MD kids go across the bridge in search of more playing time. Don't count them out too early.

Howard County (HC) Stars: Most of the reigning Champs don't live in Howard County, but we already had a PG Region and they are close enough. We saw what they did in year 1. Head Coach T. White is special and his staff is the real deal. T. White was the D. coordinator for the FBU 8th Grade team so I know he was doing some recruiting. GYFL alum and FBU TB Adrian Platt will be back to electrify the Grassroots fans. GYFL Champ and FBU DT Cameron Goode will be special. Not sure he else T. White is sitting on because most of the Stars were 8th Graders last year. But, he was the only team with a JV last year so I guarantee they have been developing. Word is FBU LB/DE Brayden Pierce from Montgomery Village may be considering the Stars. Big get for them if they can pull that off. OMG....How could I forget. Sean "Cowboy" McCutcheon ladies and gentlemen will be locking down the middle. He should have his National Championship ring on one finger, with the GYFL Championship ring on the other. Expect to see the Stars in the playoffs.

Loudoun County Eagles: Coach Rusty was not happy with the results from last year and I can promise he will have his kids ready. He had a number of elite 7th Graders last year who will just be dominant this year. FBU OL/DL Johnny Jordan and Danial Renaud will literally manhandle kids their age this year. GYFL Alum Kevin Burke will be special at the WR position, along with QB Damani Neal, as will 6th grader Taron Vincent. FBU WR Mason Gryniuk, DL Tyler Draddy,and QB Kadin Kightlinger should be very good. I don't know what else they have but Rusty will make the most out of it. Should at least be much more competitive than they were last year. Could at best rise back up to the perch they sat at during year 1 and 2.  I know that Robert Jackson and Brian Burke have been in the lab cooking up some concoctions and Robert, who is one of THE BEST TRAINERS in the DMV, is personally doing the conditioning clinics in Loudoun, so if nothing more, the kids will be in peak shape.

Montgomery County Bearcats: Andy Stefanelli's team had the first undefeated regular season in GYFL history last year and were surprisingly bumped out of the playoffs. They will be bloodthirsty. They will be LOADED. Just as in Charles County with Westlake, the Montgomery Village program rules the nest and they had 8 kids on the FBU Team who could all play and I expect most of them to be on the roster. GYFL alum and FBU LB Jalen Lea leads a talented group of Chiefs into the mix, along with Grassroots alums RB/LB Darius Golston and Malik Davis. FBU QB Travis Nannen will have an opportunity to shine. Massive OL/DL and FBU favorite "Big Mike" Joseph will be suiting up, which will give them a lift. GYFL Alum Marvin Beander will be back at TB along with amazing QB 7th Grade QB Doc Bonner who led the Bearcats to an undefeated regular season as a 6th Grader. He also lead the 7th Grade GYFL team to the Chesapeake Bowl Championship. The QB competition in practice between Nannen and Bonner should be worth the price of admission. FBU DB and GYFL Stud DB Carlton Taylor will roam the secondary giving WR's fits like he always done. Definite playoff team. Bringing in Benji Maldanodo to be the President and handle the business side of things will free up Andy to focus even more on coaching.  That is scary for the league.

Prince George's County Swarm: The most interesting team in the league this year will be the Swarm. Head Coach Lamont Jordan and I agreed to have him focus more on his Operation Running Back Skills Training Company and FBU camps this spring because we have more of a need for him there. Coaching takes up too much time and we haven't been able to take the company to the level it needs to be yet. We have not named the new coach yet, but whoever it is will have an opportunity of a lifetime because PG is loaded with FBU All Stars. RB Anthony McFarland is simply breathtaking. Legit 10.9 100 meters with true RB skills. Reminds me of a young Eric Metcalf. FBU RB Tyree Randolph is simply magnificent. Will remind you of Penn State commit Mark Allen from DeMatha. He may be short but he can do it all. PG has enormous linemen this year in FBU standouts Marcus Minor, Victor Olawatimi, Lawtez Rogers, Naasir Watkins, and Brian Lassiter. Not sure where DB TJ Hawkins will play, but he will be a factor. Too many talented players from PG on the FBU team to name, not to mention all of the nice ones that weren't on the team. QB Garrison Burnett made the FBU team, but had to sit out due to illness. He should be a factor. The key will be whether the new coach will be able to keep the kids in the county or not because there will be some recruiting from the South and the West believe me. 7th Grade National Champion Raymond Boone for example, will be wild card. If we get the right coach and he can keep the PG kids home and coach them up, they will be in the mix.  With Legendary Marlboro Coach Charles Owens taking over the President duties this year, while Metro AYF President and Riverdale Baptist JV Coach Jaison Young gets back out onto the field as a coach, I have a feeling they will be able to keep many of the elite kids in PG County so they can represent where they are from.

Prince William County Lions: The Lions had one of the most interesting seasons in the whole league last year. They started out 0 - 5, but looked so impressive in the last 4 games, 3 of which they won, that it appeared they could almost beat anybody down the stretch. They didn't have a ton of 7th graders returning, but two that they do have are the real deal. GYFL Alum and FBU RB/DE Keith Evans is a man child, as is DL/OL Jonte "Big Baby" Craig. FBU QB Jayden Riley, who missed last season as he recovered from knee surgery is healthy and ready to play. GYFL Alum and FBU LB Zion Johnson should be lights out for the Lions. Too early to tell what to expect from these guys, but Asst. GM Stan Riley has been and will continue to pound the pavement to spread the GYFL word to the masses and it gets no better than GM and Head Coach Eric Levenberry. We are getting a number of calls from kids in Stafford County that may come up and bolster the squad so watch out for the Lions. Can't put in the playoffs yet, but I wouldn't be shocked if they shocked some people.

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