Phoebus LB Trevion Stevenson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
From Phoebus to Highland Springs, the NCAA’s no in-person contact ban hasn’t stopped programs from showering the region’s best with offers
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
We know that the NCAA has suspended in-person recruiting activity.
Unfortunately, this will remain in place for at least the foreseeable future.
We also know that there will be no high school spring sports in Virginia this season.
And to put the cherry on top of this delicate mountain of disappointment, Governor Ralph Northam announced on Monday afternoon the closure of private/public schools for the remainder of the academic year.
However, all is not lost for student-athletes on the football forefront. Many continue to remain active and have found ways to stay in contact with various collegiate programs. This has led to a large contingent of athletes throughout the Peninsula District securing offers.
Since Thursday of last week, Turner (2020 RB 6-1 190) has tracked down offers from: Buffalo, Florida International, Kentucky, and Northwestern University. Stevenson (2021 DE 6-5 210) continues on his Division I war path picking up 16 offers thus far in the month of March including: California, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, and Cincinnati. The recruiting process started off slow for Harrell (2021 LB 6-3 220) who picked up his first offer from Dartmouth in mid-February, however; since Friday he’s grabbed William and Mary, Princeton, and Appalachian State.
“The coaching staff for Appalachian State contacted me on Monday night (March 16),” Harrell stated. “They responded on Thursday night after I contacted them back and told me that they were going to offer me. Every offer I get feels different especially when it’s an FBS offer. All of them can potentially open the door for so many things.”
Woodside starting defensive end Breyden Byrd (2021 DE 6-3 245) is another impressive student-athlete that also continues to make good use of his time.
Byrd started off the month with offers from Chattanooga and Fordham. In between that he burrowed a nest at Charlottesville and then went on to pick up offers from Georgetown on Friday and Penn
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Deep Run starting quarterback Bo Kite (2021 QB 6-3 220) helped lead the Wildcats to just their second undefeated season (regular) in the history of its program. The two-time state wrestling champion has scored three collegiate offers in the month of March with the hometown Richmond Spiders leading the way.
Highland Springs has had numerous student-athletes hitting the mark since the start of the year with starting defensive end Kelvin Gilliam (2021 DE 6-3 230) leading the way. He released a list on Thursday which outlined 15 programs he planned on looking at a little closer. Among those 15 programs were: Penn State, Michigan, and Oklahoma. Michigan State was one of the 15 programs to make the cut as the Spartans reached out on Sunday evening to re-offer the Highland Springs product.
Among those enjoying the recruiting process for the Springers include Jabari Parker and Damond Harmon. Parker (2021 DB/WR 6-2 200) has snagged offers from Towson and Air Force in the month of March while Harmon (2021 DB 6-1 171) has caught the attention of Toledo, Buffalo, and Michigan State.
Matoaca head coach Justin Parker and his coaching staff have held a firm hold on recruiting over the last two seasons. Now up to six collegiate offers is starting wide receiver Troy Lewis. The impressive feat of Lewis (2021 WR 6-3 190) throughout the recruiting process is how quickly he has jumped on the radar. Lewis picked up his first offer from William and Mary back in later February and since then has grabbed Navy, Massachusetts, Air Force, Richmond, and Georgetown.
– Brandon Mitchell