Benedictine DE Malik James (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
804 Recruiting Roundtable: Malik James, Bryce Carter and Xavier Addison are branching out for exposure
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
What a week of football we’ve had in the Central Region. It all started with C.J. Jackson committing to James Madison University. That shouldn’t have come as a surprise seeing as though the Panthers now have extremely deep roots connected to Coach Mike Houston and the Dukes. Jaden Payoute took a trip out to Virginia Tech over the weekend and came back home prepared to commit to the Hokies. Matoaca starting linebacker Immanuel Hickman was the only prospect over the last week that made everyone burn up and toss out the bracket showing which school had the best chance to sign him. Hickman decided to go with Cincinnati in a decision that didn’t take that long to make (more to come).
Xavier Addison, Malik James and Bryce Carter
Be that as it may, they’re still prospects out here picking up collegiate offers. Some, at this point, are just padding their statistics while others are finally breaking the threshold of picking up their very first offer. Among those picking up their first offer has been L.C. Bird starting defensive back Xavier Addison. Virginia University of Lynchburg head coach Bobby Rome has had a lot of success recruiting in the Central Region as well as Hampton Roads as of late. Adding Addison to the mix could definitely bolster his defensive back unit.
Addison (2019 DB 5-11 188) is currently enrolled at L.C. Bird, but is preparing to transfer to Matoaca over the summer which will allow him to finish his career as a Warrior. In addition to Addison picking up his first collegiate offer, Benedictine defensive end Malik James has finally picked up his first offer which hails from Bethune-Cookman University.
The Cadets will find their defense picking up the pieces next season after losing Chris Collins, Wendell Davis (2018 LB 2-2 215) and Daric Cotman (2018 DL 6-4 290). The evolution of Malik James (2020 DE 6-3 230) on the defensive front should fill the void created by the departure of Collins. Also holding offers from Benedictine include Andrew Puccinelli (2019 QB 6-3 175), D’Andre Tobias (2019 WR 5-11 170) and Jay Woolfolk (2021 QB 6-0 180).
Thomas Dale defensive end Bryce Carter is really beginning to find his stride as of late. The rising sophomore has picked up two ACC offers within the last 24 hours coming from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia.
Despite losing Dusan Stjepanovic (2018 DE 6-3 230) and Shane Carter (2018 DL 6-1 245), Coach Kevin Tucker will be able to have a lot of fun throwing multiple people on the defensive line for the Knights. Rick D’Abreu will be coming back this upcoming season as last year he was successfully able to play on the defensive line and also drop back to linebacker. Any combination of Bryce Carter (2021 DE), Rick D’Abreu (2019 LB 6-2 241) and Malik Purvis (2019 DE 6-2 225) could be devastating for opposing offenses.
Ali Jennings and Malcolm Greene
Highland Springs starting defensive back Malcolm Greene (2020 DB 5-10 72) picked up his 11th offer near the middle of last week from Duke University. The Blue Devils aren’t particularly known for what they do on the football field, but more so for how they perform in both men’s and women’s basketball as well as lacrosse.
“I’ve been recruited by Duke for a good while now. I went up there for a visit and an invite-only camp and grew a great relationship with Coach Derek Jones. Throughout the camp Coach Kasper said they loved how I did and they will hit me back last week with information. On Tuesday I got the phone call from my Coach Keylon Mayo and he informed me that Coach Boyette offered me,” Greene stated.
Greene now has four offers in total from the ACC with North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech all in the running to sign the Highland Springs product. He also holds offers from Purdue, James Madison, Toledo, Michigan, Maryland and Rutgers.
Highland Springs starting wide receiver Ali Jennings continues to be active on the recruiting trail picking up his 20th offer on Monday night from UNC-Charlotte. Jennings has been on a roll as of late and is now spending the first part of his summer vacation on the road hitting up multiple programs. Last week Jennings visited North Carolina, Michigan and Toledo.
On Tuesday morning, Jennings (2019 WR 6-2 183) touched down at the University of South Carolina. Thus far Jennings holds offers from: Temple, Michigan State, Yale, Penn, North Carolina, Illinois, West Virginia, Elon, Richmond, Toledo, Marshall, Towson, Campbell, Fordham, James Madison, Navy, Air Force and Army. With the latest influx of Central Region prospects announcing their commitment before the summer, it would be very unfair to loop Jennings in with the same crowd.
“Some schools are kind of pressuring me, but things are still going upward so I’ll narrow things down after I return from Mexico. I’m still taking visits to get feels for places,” Jennings said.
– Brandon Mitchell