Indian River DE Ben Smiley (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Team camp gives programs like Indian River a chance to assess new talent early
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The City of Portsmouth runs an annual team camp each July, and the opportunity to put on pads and helmets early serves teams well.
Indian River was one of the teams participating in the team camp this week, and that gave Head Coach Glenwood Ferebee a chance to see some of the new players who have joined the program since the school year ended.
“We got a couple of new faces out there today so it was good to see them fly around on defense. It was good to see Lamareon (James) on offense, playing a position that he’s not accustomed to playing. I was pleasantly surprised at some of the results from today,” said the coach.
Lamareon James (2020 RB/WR 5-11 170) is a highly anticipated transfer from Norfolk Christian. He played running back for the Ambassadors and piled up 23 touchdowns, 992 rushing yards and 568 receiving yards in the 2017 season.
The defensive line at Indian River had a banner day at the camp.
“We looked pretty good up front. Kani Crite (2019 DT 6-1 275) was a pleasant surprise. He’s been working out. He’s down about 20, 25 pounds. He’s quick. He’s strong. That was the positive for the D-line today. Lincorey Lucas (2020 DE 6-2 240) has grown. He’s put on about 30 pounds, so that was surprising to see him maintain his quickness and get off the ball. That’s where we’re going to hang our hat,” explained Ferebee. “Add in Ashawn Moore (2019 OLB 6-2 220) as an outside linebacker and we’ve got a pretty good defense. It showed some today.”
Speaking of the defense, Coach Ferebee didn’t even mention Ben Smiley (2019 DT 6-4 275), who holds in excess of 30 college scholarship offers and is expected to anchor the defensive line this fall.
“(Our guys) had a few hiccups here and there. We return a lot of guys, so it’s not something that I was worried about. The new guys stepped in and knew what was going on. That was the best part of today for me.”
See more from the Portsmouth Team Camp and the interview with Coach Ferebee in the video window below courtesy of recruit757 video correspondent Antowyne Shaw.
– Andy Hilton
Indian River Head Coach Glenwood Ferebee: