There are any number of different ways to judge how dominant a high school football program is. The most conventional methods all focus on wins and losses, taking district, region and state titles into particularly weighty stock.
Another way to determine just how powerful a program is comes from tracking how many of a school's players are recruited by top college programs. If one focuses on this second method, it would be extremely difficult to find a program that appears more "powerful" than Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel High.
As pointed out by the Washington Post, a whopping 15 members of the Good Counsel team that will take the field in the 2011 season already hold college scholarship offers. That crop of 15 prospects is led by 5-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs (who is ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com), but also includes a total of seven seniors, five juniors and three sophomores in all.
"I've never seen it like this," Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy told the Post's Bob Barr about his heavily recruited crop of varsity players.
While not all offers are equal, Good Counsel players have more than enough big name credibility in terms of the schools which are courting their players. In addition to Diggs, who holds a scholarship offer from more schools than he does not, both Falcons running back Wes Brown (no, not the soccer player) and lineman Ryan Watson reportedly hold more than 30 scholarship offers a piece.
And the schools chasing down Good Counsel players aren't just regional Division I programs, either. Milloy told Barr that both Diggs and Brown could wind up at virtually any program in the country, while Watson seems to be gravitating toward Big Ten powers Michigan and Purdue.
Defensive lineman Robert Chungong may also be a likely Big Ten signee come springtime, with Michigan State, Purdue and Nebraska among the programs recruiting him heavily.
Of the team's seven seniors, only offensive tackle Michael Madaras has committed to a school. Madaras picked a future with Maryland in the spring.
It's impossible to know which members of Good Counsel's current star-studded squad will make the biggest national impact in the future, but it will be almost awe-inspiring to consider the fact that the team may field a squad in which nearly every starter -- if not every single starter altogether -- holds a college scholarship offer.
That would be a feat that neither Milloy or other coaches in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference have seen before … and which none of the other coaches would want to see again anytime soon.
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