by Andy Hilton, recruit757
“If you can’t get the kids to Harrisonburg this week, you might as well bring Harrisonburg to them,” should be the motto of JMU Dukes Head Coach Mickey Matthews. For several years now, the JMU Dukes Football Program has taken the show on the road, hitting different regions of the state with a satellite one-day camp, including two stops in The 757 each year. This year, the JMU staff will set up shop at CNU on Sunday and at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex on Monday.
The afternoon/evening camp replicates what local football players would experience if they visited Harrisonburg for a one-day camp this summer. Of course, they don’t get the on-campus experience and the rolling mountains of the Shenandoah Valley, but local players do get to meet the coaching staff and do get to experience what’s to come if they’ve never hit an on-campus event.
The 757 region is rich with talent, and despite the strength of programs like Virginia and Virginia Tech, and the rise of Old Dominion, JMU seems to do just fine when it comes to getting the talent that they want out of the area. In the 2013 class, the Dukes landed Kellam defensive end Nick Edwards, York lineman Cody Hendrickson, Warwick running back Cardon Johnson, Heritage running back Khalid Abdullah, First Colonial defensive back Raven Greene, First Colonial lineman Simeyon Robinson, and walk-ons Nick Michalski of Great Bridge and Daniel Schiele of Tabb. That’s quite a haul for Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Ulrick Edmonds.
The good news for 757 area recruits is that Edmonds is on the prowl once again for local talent. The better news for recruits is that Mickey Matthews has added former Virginia Tech Assistant Coach Curt Newsome to the staff. Newsome recruited The 757 for years for Virginia Tech, and coached at Kecoughtan before that. Now, Newsome is recruiting The 757 for James Madison, and he knows the talent of the region.
There are a great number of local players that are expected to work out with the Dukes’ coaching staff over the next two days. Warhill athlete Devonte Dedmon, Bruton linebacker Kapri Doucet, Poquoson fullback Grayson Boyce, Lafayette running back Jahlil Green, Phoebus lineman Walter Brantley, Western Branch athlete Terrence Ricks, Maury athlete Davion Taylor, Oscar Smith lineman Josh Sweat, Ocean Lake quarterback Churchie Harold, Cox quarterback Tommy McKee, and many others are expected to compete for the scholarship offers that can be earned at the camp.
It’s a big two days for both the athletes and the staff at JMU. The public is welcome to observe at both camps. You just might see the JMU Dukes of tomorrow, here in The 757.
– Andy Hilton
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Virginia Beach Sportsplex