Matthew Lemon (2016 File Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
recruit757 Fab 30: Matthew Lemon – Smithfield High School #18
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Smithfield gets a raw deal from the local media. Just west of Suffolk, the Southside paper rarely gives them coverage, if at all. The Peninsula paper covers Smithfield because of their inclusion in the Bay Rivers District, but the Packers are 45 minutes to an hour away from their district mates. That means that publicity for the Packers can be a little hard to come by. That’s how our #18 athlete may be a name that you’re unfamiliar with.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in the 757. We’ve scoured the region for talent for almost ten years now, keeping an eye on the best of the best, but also looking for opportunities to connect athlete and high school programs with college coaches. Coming in as the #18 senior prospect region-wide is Smithfield lineman Matthew Lemon.
#18 Matthew Lemon (2019 OT 6-3 250) – Smithfield High School
Lemon may be quietly laboring in the “hinterlands” of Smithfield, but college coaches have certainly picked up on him. Lemon currently holds offers from Howard, Hampton, and UVA-Wise. There’s significant interest brewing from William and Mary, and Lemon has the academics to meet the Tribe’s expectations.
The offensive line, led by Lemon, paved the way for a Smithfield offense that generated an average of 35 points a game in the regular season last year, including offensive explosions of 62 points against Grafton and 84 points against Bruton to close out the season. JMU-bound Willie Drew picked apart opposing defenses from the quarterback position and tailback Caleb Brodie rushed for close to 1,200 yards in 2017. Drew led the Bay Rivers District in passing yardage for the regular season, going 88 for 172 passing with 1,435 yards, 17 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Smithfield is seeing in a new era this fall with Mike Newhall taking the reins as head coach. They’ll break in a new quarterback, but they’ll have Matthew Lemon once again as the anchor of their offensive line.
– Andy Hilton
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