Maury WR KeAndre Lambert (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Maury Coach Dyrii McCain runs an excellent showcase workout
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Thursday’s workout at Powhatan Field was a thing of beauty.
Maury’s football athletes went 100% for over an hour and a half for well over 30 college coaches at their College Day Workout.
That benefits not only the big names on the Maury roster, but it also benefits the athletes who are working hard to make a name for themselves.
“This is for my kids. I love ’em. They know that. The parents know that. I’ll do anything for those guys. This puts them in the best position possible to be able to put themselves out there. I’m proud of these guys. They work hard. They do anything I ask. That hard work is paying off,” said McCain. “They work hard. We push ’em, push ’em, push ’em to the limit. We push them to limits they never thought they’d (reach). Then my coaches; I have a phenomenal coaching staff. These are guys who sacrifice their time with their wife or their kids to get these guys extra time to get better.”
Maury wide receiver KeAndre Lambert (2020 WR 6-2 180) has been the bell cow of the Maury program since his freshman year. Now that he’s coming into his senior season, there could be a lot of pressure on him to perform at the highest level possible and lead the Commodores to a championship season.
“I love working with the guys. We put in so much work. We’ve been working since the end of last season. We’ve been working non-stop. I love it every day,” said Lambert. “We’re on a different level. Our coaches are on a different level. Our bond is different. Our chemistry is different. It will all show in the 2019 season.”
Recruiting has been busy for Lambert as he tries to wind it down. College interest continues to flow as he’s weeding teams out of his offer list.
“There are a lot of schools coming in, sitting down, talking to my family, and talking to coach. I’m looking to sew things up and make a decision.”
Defensive end Darian Varner (2020 DE 6-2 245) has seen his recruitment roll with a slow burn. Coastal Carolina, Akron, Charlotte and Kent State are among the schools who have offered.
“(Recruiting) is picking up a little bit. It was going slow at first, but it’s picking up now,” Varner stated.
C.J. Beasley (2020 RB 5-8 175) and his game speed has been a huge selling point in his recruitment. His highlight film shows him finding gaps in the defense and breaking off big runs out of the backfield, plus he’s an electric return man. Beasley’s play making skills are attracting a lot of interest and offers.
“We’re out here to showcase our talent and show the colleges what we can do,” said Beasley. “I may not be as big as they want me to be, but my hard work, my work ethic and my speed (speaks for itself). I play like I’m huge. I’m me. You don’t need to compare me to anybody else. Just know who I am.”
Senior wide receiver Tyshaun Granger (2020 WR 6-1 195) had an excellent showing. On the hoof, he looked a lot like star wide receiver KeAndre Lambert. Granger’s growth is going to take pressure off of Lambert and allow both of them to shine come game time.
“Recruiting has been kind of slow, but it’s starting to pick up lately. It should pick up in the next few months,” Granger said.
He’s excited about the team’s development.
“We’ve gotten better at competing against each other and going hard every single practice.”
In just two years, Maury has gone from being a dark horse contender to perhaps being the favorite in the Eastern District. They’ll lock horns with Lake Taylor as usual, and Norcom could throw in some new wrinkles with new head coach Robert Jackson leading the program.
College coaches now see Maury as a “must visit” school on their itinerary and it’s easy to see why.
– Andy Hilton