Troy Lewis and Jacob Coleman of Matoaca (Photos courtesy of Jay Parker/Matoaca Football)
Recruiting trends north at Matoaca with Troy Lewis, Jacob Coleman leading the way
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Just when you think things are heading towards a pause is when the atmosphere truly starts to heat up. The same could be said about Matoaca starting wide receiver Troy Lewis (2021 WR 6-3 196) who has emerged as one of the Central Region’s most desired prospects over the last few months.
Texas got on the horn Wednesday morning with Rice University extending an offer to the Matoaca product. However, just 24 hours prior; Western Michigan pulled up a chair to the table to present Lewis with an opportunity to make a considerable impact for the Broncos upon completion of his senior year next June.
“I feel great,” Lewis told recruit804. It’s really a blessing that I’m in this position. But as the numbers go up, I’ll start focusing on a fewer amount of schools.”
With the addition of Rice University on Wednesday, Lewis currently has his hands on 30 collegiate offers including: Penn, Princeton, Dartmouth, Richmond, William and Mary, Old Dominion, Yale, East Carolina, and Charlotte among others. Despite his offer list hitting 30 and still trending north, the disposition of Lewis is one that’s remained humble and modest. These are traits instilled in him by his parents starting at a young age.
“I’ve never been a cocky person,” Lewis explained. “My parents have raised me to not let the hype get to me. I’ve always tried to stay focused on achieving all my goals and I after I achieve them, I focus on achieving the next one.”
Achieving goals not only appears to be a central pillar for Lewis, but also Matoaca as a whole as well as the student-athletes that make up the foundation for the Warriors football program.
Jacob Coleman (2021 WR/LB 6-4 215) picked up his 15th offer on June 9 from Florida Atlantic University and is prepared to condense his list down to eight programs some time on Thursday, June 25. Coleman has a list that includes: Boston College, Coastal Carolina, James Madison, Old Dominion, Temple, and Ohio among others.
Akhari Haggard (2021 DL/OL 6-2 290) has been breaking weightlifting personal records all off-season as well as improving his explosion in an effort to become a more well-rounded prospect on the football field. Washington and Jefferson, Methodist and Hampden-Sydney have all extended their arms in an attempt to net the Matoaca product before the end of his senior year.
Benjamin White (2021 DL/TE 6-2 225), Jordan Robinson (2021 DB/WR 5-11 170), and Devin Bailey (2021 ATH 6-0 180) were able to score offers from Hampden-Sydney during the second week of June.
For White and Robinson, it was a first. However, Bailey’s first came from Virginia Tech of the PWO variety back in mid-April.
Matoaca often gets dismissed from conversations when mentioning the teams at the top of Region 5B. Highland Springs, Manchester, Varina, and Deep Run dictated the conversation last year with Clover Hill, Prince George, Douglas Freeman, and Henrico sifting through the second tier for acknowledgment.
Should football make its long-awaited return later in the fall, expect to hear whispers about the shift in head coach Jay Parker and the rest of the Warriors. Remember, Matoaca finished up week eight of play last season with a record of 5-2. It was a combination of Thomas Dale, Petersburg, and Hopewell that closed the door on its playoff aspirations losing all three contests by
seven points or less.
– Brandon Mitchell