Gilman School Greyhounds
Coach: Biff Poggi
2011 record: 10-1
Returning starters: 13
Top returning players: Henry Poggi, Sr., defensive tackle/tight end; Micah Kiser, Sr., linebacker/tight end; Shane Cockerille, Sr., quarterback; Miles Norris, Sr., linebacker/running back; Melvin Keihn, Jr., defensive end/tight end; Wyatt Dickerson, Sr., linebacker/running back; Chibuzo Ukandu, Jr., offensive line/defensive tackle
Top newcomers: Troy Vincent, Jr., cornerback/wide receiver; Kai Locksley, So., wide receiver/defensive back; Nick Fertitta, Sr., defensive end; Ellison Jordan, Fr., nose tackle
Outlook: Despite graduating the area’s top offensive and defensive player in Cyrus Jones (University of Alabama) and Kenny Goins (Maryland), Gilman is loaded again. The Roland Park school is ranked No. 2 in the preseason state media poll and 14th nationally by USA Today.
The Greyhounds have arguably two of the nation’s best at their respective position in Poggi (No. 5 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com) and Cockerille, an ESPN Elite 11 performer. Cockerille, a dual threat who produced more than 2,400 yards last fall, will have several pieces to work including Norris, Dickerson and junior Bijan Rhett in the backfield and senior Matt Tilley, Locksley, Vincent, Poggi and Kiser in the air.
The Greyhounds will be experienced on the o-line with Ukandu and seniors Ned Emala, Quinn Flaks and Connor Webb. Poggi and Keihn will lead the defensive front.
The linebacking unit will be solid with Kiser, a Virginia recruit, Dickerson and Norris. Tilley and sophomore Robert Branch are back in the secondary with Vincent, the son of the former NFL player and Locksley (son of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley), providing depth.
The Greyhounds have a monster non-league schedule, starting Aug. 26 against Cincinnati’s Moeller (ranked No. 14 by USA Today) in Ohio, followed by three-time reigning Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champ Good Counsel (ranked 10th by USA Today) and last year’s national champions Don Bosco Prep from New Jersey. Gilman starts defense of its MIAA A crown at Mount St. Joseph Sept. 29.