Seven Prince George's County and five Montgomery County football players have been selected to play in the Big 33 Classic, a Pennsylvania-based all-star game between scheduled for June 15.
The Big 33 has been staged annually since 1957 and featured many players who would reach the National Football League. For the past 14 years, it has matched players from Pennsylvania against players from Ohio. This year, it returns to a matchup of Pennsylvania vs. Maryland.
This year's game is scheduled for 7 p.m., June 15 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.
The Maryland players selected are:
Avalon running back Rachid Ibrahim (committed to the University of Pittsburgh)
Avalon defensive back Jaquille Veii (University of Maryland, College Park)
Bishop McNamara defensive back Milan Collins (University of Maryland)
Damascus offensive lineman Andrew Nickell (William and Mary)
Northwest receiver Tyler Ambush (Monmouth University)
Northwestern running back Darius Victor (Towson University)
Northwestern defensive back John Johnson (Boston College)
Quince Orchard linebacker Marcus Newby (University of Nebraska)
Suitland offensive lineman Breontae Matthews
Wise offensive lineman Antonio Harris (Towson University)
Wise defensive lineman Jai Franklin (Old Dominion University)
Wise defensive lineman Myles Humphrey (Shepherd University)
Henry A. Wise coach DaLawn Parrish and Quince Orchard coach Dave Mencarini are slated to serve as assistant coaches. Gilman coach Biff Poggi is the head coach of the Maryland team.
Eight Our Lady of Good Counsel High School players — Kendall Fuller, Dorian O'Daniel, Kirk Garner, Reggie McGee, Darien Carr, Marcel Ngachie, C.J. Jones and Brendan Marshall — were nominated for the game, but none tried out, according to Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy.
Milloy said he thinks Fuller and O'Daniel would have made the team, but after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, they decided to focus on college.
“When the top two decided they weren't going to do it, they all did,” Milloy said. “I was disappointed.”
DeMatha Catholic coach Elijah Brooks said a couple of his players were invited to try out, but due to injuries, didn't participate.