Phoebus leads Peninsula District with five student-athletes inking on National Signing Day
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
2019 was a very successful year for the Peninsula District.
Woodside, Hampton, Warwick, Menchville, and Phoebus all earned playoff berths with three of those programs advancing to regional semifinal contests. The Monarchs were able to sneak into the postseason for just the second time school history and the first since the 1993 season.
While wins and losses drives the conversation in many circles, so does the ability to help student-athletes get their foot in the door at a collegiate program of their choosing after graduation. With NSD fueling the air waves this morning, it was a quiet day for the Peninsula District.
The Phantoms were the only program to hold a ceremony on NSD and they started promptly at 9:00 a.m. in their gymnasium. This is a shift as Phoebus typically likes to hold their ceremony during the evening hours and in the auditorium.
The senior class for the Phantoms is one that ended its career at Phoebus with a record of 46-8, three district championships, three regional championship appearances, two regional championships, and one state championship appearance.
Leading the way on NSD for the Phantoms was starting linebacker Trevon Hayes (2020 LB 6-1 220) who committed to East Carolina University on January 28. The senior prospect missed seven games this season, but was able to return during the postseason.
“When I came up on January 25, I noticed they had a great atmosphere and it felt like here (Phoebus),” Hayes told recruit757.
Starting defensive back Corey Wilson (2020 DB 6-2 180) took the stage to sign his Letter of Intent after Hayes. Wilson and Phoebus have been attached at the hip since his eighth-grade year as Wilson announced his commitment to Hampton University on Wednesday morning. The Phoebus product was the only student-athlete to not announce his commitment prior to signing his NLI.
“Obviously they have their new coach and our relationship is deeper than football,” Wilson stated. “When I went to the campus it felt like home. I can see myself living there without football and as far as the football part, the scheme fits me perfectly.”
Chris Daniels (2020 QB 5-11 175) has been the starting quarterback for the Phantoms over the last three seasons. What he lacks in height he makes up for in sheer will, determination, and skill set at the quarterback position. Daniels committed to Glenville State College on February 1.
“I took an official visit and when I got there it really felt like home,” Daniels explained. It really felt like home and I enjoyed the facilities, classes, and the coaches. Those were really big factors.”
Perhaps the most soft-spoken of the group, starting fullback Kimani Jacobs-Robinson (2020 FB 5-10 260) was an absolute bulldozer for the running department this season for the Phantoms. He led the way on many occasions for A.J. Turner and Jaylen White to find a lot of success on the ground. Jacobs-Robinson committed to Louisburg College just a day before Daniels committed to Glenville State.
“I loved what they showed me out at Louisburg,” Jacobs-Robinson stated.
The final prospect to sign his NLI for the Phantoms was starting defensive end Josiah Silver (2020 DE 6-2 220). The Phoebus product accumulated 103 tackles and 27 sacks in route to All-District, All-Region, and All-State honors this past season. Silver committed to New Hampshire back on January 20 choosing the Wildcats over Fordham who offered in May of 2019.
“I didn’t have many more options and New Hampshire gave me the best option financially and playing as a freshman,” Silver said. “It was just a great environment and somewhere I could see myself for the next four years.
The rest of the Peninsula District will hold ceremonies later into the spring as there are many other prospects that are gearing up for visits and mulling over opportunities to play at the next level.
– Brandon Mitchell