The first group of 19 football signees at Shepherd have been announced. Ten of the recruits are from Maryland, two from Washington, D.C., two from Virginia, and Karl Gall (a linebacker from University High) from the state of West Virginia. Jeff Ziemba (quarterback) is from Newark, Delaware.
The two players from Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. are linebacker Ahja Lancaster and fullback Lynn Coffee.
Austin Browne (fullback/linebacker from Yorktown High) and Nelson Harris (wide receiver from James River High) are the two players from Virginia.
Small-school state champion Dunbar High of Baltimore had fullback/linebacker Charles Brown sign with the Rams. Other Maryland high school signees include Billy Brown (wide receiver from Gaithersburg High), Michael Spahr (quarterback from Urbana), Will Smith (offensive lineman from Paint Branch High), Ryan Patrick (linebacker from South Carroll High), Tre Henley (running back from McDonogh High), Jon Hammer (fullback from North Harford High), Austin Eagle (lineman from Arundel High), Allen Cross (running back from Long Reach High), and Adam Coles (defensive back/running back from Friendly High) are all from Maryland schools.
Annually, Shepherd releases its football recruits in groups and this is just the first group of 16 players.