— OWINGS MILLS — Cumberland’s Dustin Wharton, the 2013 Patriot League’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year as a linebacker at Georgetown University and the 2009 Cumberland Times-News Area Player of the Year while at Allegany, has been invited to the Baltimore Ravens rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
Wharton, listed as a strong safety at 5-foot-11, 208 pounds, will join Tennessee-Martin defensive end-outside linebacker D.J. Roberts and Marshall defensive end-outside linebacker Jeremiah Taylor. Also attending the rookie minicamp will be UNLV wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr., the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.
Wharton finished his career at Georgetown as an all-conference linebacker his final two seasons. Despite missing most of September due to injury, Wharton finished with 66 tackles including 5 1/2 for losses, 2 1/2 sacks, five hurries, two interceptions including one returned for a touchdown, and a blocked kick for the 2-11 Hoyas.
As a junior, Wharton finished with 104 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.
Wharton still finished third on Georgetown’s all-time tackles list with 280 and he became one of four Hoyas to earn two trips to the All-Patriot League First Team.
At Allegany he earned first team honors on the Maryland Small School All-State team as a linebacker. He ran for 1,187 yards and 18 touchdowns on 143 attempts, had 527 yards and seven touchdowns on 26 receptions and 572 yards and two scores on kickoff and punt returns. The 27 touchdowns and 170 points he scored not only led the area but set school records.
Defensively, he led the Campers with 139 tackles with 20 for losses, six sacks and two fumble recoveries.