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The First State Represents: Ten Of Delaware’s Best

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2011 - DEC 2 - Middletown (10-3) defeated Newark (11-1)  for the DIAA Division 1 State Championship 27-23.

Often overlooked in recruiting, Delaware is starting to make a name for itself in the high school football recruiting world.  With the help of 7-on-7′s, a lot of Delaware’s best skill players have helped improve the national profile of football within the state.  Here are some of the best players currently playing high school football in Delaware.

NOTE: It’s ten “of”, not “the” ten best. So technically, I didn’t miss anybody.

Chris Godwin – Middletown H.S. – Quarterback – Class of 2014 6’2″ – 202 pounds – Godwin has already committed to play football at Penn State University.  If you follow recruiting, you already know he’s one of the top 2 best players in Delaware and a top-eight receiver in the Northeast.

Darius Wade – Middletown H.S. – Quarterback– Class of 2014 - 6’1″, 185 pounds – Wade has already committed to play football at Boston College University.   Again, as with Godwin, he’s one of the top 2 best players in Delaware.  His 7v7 performances during this offseason has solidified his standing as one of the best quarterbacks in the Northeast.

Austin Tilghman – St. Andrews H.S. – 6’1″, 215 pounds – Class of 2014 - Tilghman had rushed for over 2,000 yards during the 2012 season.  You can guess by his size that he’s a power back, but don’t be fooled.  Tilghman has enough quicks to get to the outside and when he gets his 215-plus pound frame rolling, he is very hard to bring down.  Tilghman is also a pretty good basketball player as well.  LaSalle has offered him a scholarship.

Darnell Savage – Caravel H.S. – Athlete – Class of 2015 5’11″, 165 pounds – Savage is an exciting  and up-and-coming two-way player coming out of Delaware.  Savage plays defensive back and running back for Caravel high school.  The speedy Savage turned some heads with his play on the offensive side of the ball in 2012.  He’s also a good defensive back as well.  Keep an eye out for him.

Derrick Groomes – Caravel H.S. – Quarterback– Class of 2014 6’1″, 180 pounds.  Darius Wade gets talked about the most, but don’t sleep on Groomes.  I think he’s a very underrated player who has excellent pocket awareness and shows nice touch on his passes.

Troy Reeder –Salesianum H.S. – Linebacker – 6’3″, 215 pounds - Reeder has already committed to play football at Penn State University.

Jacob Bricker – Middletown H.S. – Defensive Tackle– Class of 2014 5’10″, 310 pounds – He may not get recruited at the Division 1 level based off his size, but it clearly will not be due to his effort.  Bricker has a non-stop motor and knows how to use his short and sturdy frame to his advantage.

Raymond Jones – Hodgson Vo-Tech High School – Athlete -Class of 2015 – 6 foot, 195 pounds.  Remember this kid’s name.  He plays quarterback and safety for his high school team.  He’s one of the best athletes in Delaware right now.  While he may be a little raw at quarterback, Jones is very real threat to make big plays whether it’s throwing or running with the football.  Jones may turn out to be an excellent defensive back as well.

Isaiah Stephenson – Smyma H.S. – Defensive Tackle  - 6’2″, 305 pounds.  Stephenson led his team in tackles during the 2012 season.  Stephenson has some explosiveness and is definitely under the radar in terms of recruiting.

Andrew Marshall – Milford H.S. – Offensive Tackle – Class of 2014 6’6″, 360 pounds - Stephens currently has one offer to Delaware State.  His size alone should pique interest from colleges, but he still has that lone offer.

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