UltimateRecruit is exclusively about high school football and basketball, college football and basketball, and recruiting in the athletic hotbeds of Virginia.
The 757 is our home base, where we’ve grown up watching local stars like Bruce Smith, Allen Iverson, and Michael Vick go from local legends to national stars. There’s more talent like that here and today’s training and nutrition, plus the tool of publicity, puts a college education in reach for more and more student-athletes today.
We saw the same potential in the 804 region and in Northern Virginia, so we expanded our reach into the 804 in 2013 and into Northern Virginia in 2015 .
Here you’ll learn about national news from a local perspective, get updates on the recruitment of local athletes and learn about players you won’t get enough of on a national recruiting site.
We provide an unparalleled outlet for the depth of talent in Virginia, plus we provide scouting service to the colleges that recruit the state. WVEC’s Willie Byrn did a report on recruit757’s Senior Showcase in January 2017, and we are the go to resource for the local media when it comes to high school football coverage. Here’s our feature on WAVY-TV 10 and FOX 43 TV on National Signing Day 2017.
We have some of the best and certainly the most passionate people in the business on our staff. We’ve already seen some of our best get hired away to work for ESPN Radio, WVEC-TV, Penn State Football, Notre Dame Athletics, and Old Dominion University. Training great people and giving them the opportunity for growth is a testament to our work.
Andy Hilton – CEO and Founder
Andy has over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, plus a lifetime of experience as a fan of football. Born and raised in Hampton Roads, Andy has a unique appreciation of the history of high school football in the region, plus the experience in communications and marketing to bring the local side of the game to life on the web. Andy and recruit757 provides scouting service to dozens of colleges, including competitive information on regional high school talent to the colleges actively recruiting in the area. Andy spearheads recruit757’s mission that benefits local athletes and get them the college scholarships they deserve.
Andy leads scholarship workshops that educate parents and players about the recruiting process, and he runs camps that allow college coaches to connect with local players and football programs.
Brandon Mitchell – Features Writer/Correspondent
Brandon is a student of Mass Communications at Norfolk State University and a former lineman for the Woodside Wolverines. He has a passion for sports and it shows in his writing. Brandon’s big aspiration is to make it to Los Angeles as a correspondent for ESPN-LA. In the meantime, he’s pounding the gridiron for great stories, focusing mainly on the Peninsula District and the 804.
Brandon is a relentless journalist and he has a great eye for football talent. He also works as a medic at Fort Eustis in Newport News, in addition to being a full-time student. Mr. Mitchell keeps a busy schedule.
Jay Parchman – Video
Jay is a transplant to the area via Jackson and Memphis, Tennessee. Jay is an avid fan of high school and college football and has resided in Chesapeake for over ten years. Jay follows the college beat, but also shoots scout video and writes for recruit757.com, mostly covering the college angle. Jay is especially interested in following the college careers of our local players who’ve gone off to doing bigger things. As the seasons pass by, if you’re playing college ball or have gone on to a career, don’t be surprised if you hear from Jay. The entire football community loves to know what you’re up to since you finished playing high school football in The 757.
Jon Fritz – Video
Jon’s a local boy through and through. He’s followed football for years, and don’t hold his love for the Dallas Cowboys against him. Jon is a jack of all trades, shooting photography, scout video, and writing articles when called upon. He’s based out of the Beach, but will go anywhere in Hampton Roads to cover a game. Don’t be surprised to see him on the field shooting pictures, then writing about the game that night. He’s also a go to guy for covering off-season events.
Chris Hopkins – Correspondent
Chris got his start in radio, then moved into television. He’s made radio calls for the Norfolk Tides, hosted AM Radio shows, and even held down the morning anchor desk at WTKR – TV 3 for a few years. After years of a radio and television career, Chris entered the world of mortgage lending. He still has great journalistic chops and a huge love for football. Mr. Hopkins loves to follow UVA Football, plus he’s a big fan of New York sports teams including the Mets and Jets. Chris mostly covers the Beach District for recruit757.
Waltron Moody – Video
Waltron was featured on recruit757 when he was a lineman for the Warwick Raiders. He’s now a mass communications student at Norfolk State University, and doesn’t play the game anymore, but he still loves Football. Waltron also played Basketball and Tennis in high school. He was a well rounded athlete. Waltron does a lot of video work for recruit757, and of course he’s still closely connected to the programs, players, and coaches of the former Peninsula District. You’ll see Waltron at games on the Peninsula all the time. He’ll also assist with camps, combines, showcases, and other events.
Antowyne Shaw – Video
Antowyne came to recruit757 with experience in the broadcast television industry and a keen eye for sports. He works his magic behind the camera and in the editing room. Not only does he shoot photography for recruit757, but he also shoots game film, highlights and post-game packages for recruit757. Antowyne is a one man wrecking crew when it comes to capturing the highlights of a game, interviewing the coaches and players afterward, asking the tough questions, and putting it all together in a video package that can be shared with the fans immediately after a football game. For basketball, Antowyne does it all too.
James Benn – Video Correspondent
James has a huge passion for football and a great knowledge of the game. Based out of Chesapeake, James like to team up with Jay Parchman and hit the road for games that mix it up. He’s covered Gloucester, Sussex Central, Franklin, and of course games all over the metro area of the 757 as well. James is the on camera face of the Parchman/Benn team, and they can be relied upon for sharp analysis in the post-game. In addition to his passion for football, James is a HUGE wrestling fan. He’s also a public school teacher and a coach at the middle school level.
John Harvey – Features Writer/Correspondent
John Harvey comes to recruit757 after 15 years of reporting in Williamsburg. He was the Sports Editor for the Williamsburg Gazette. Now all of his experience covering James City County, York County, and Williamsburg comes to recruit757. John covers the teams of the former Bay Rivers District. He knows the players and coaches well. John grew up in Richmond, Va. went to Highland Springs High and graduated from VCU with a degree in broadcasting. You can follow John on his website at revcitysports.com and on Twitter at RevCitySports. His site covers all the high school sports of Williamsburg, JCC, and York.
Jamaar Hawkins – Features Writer/Correspondent
Jamaar was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. He’s a 2004 Lake Taylor High School graduate and went on to attend Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA on a full track scholarship before transferring to Norfolk State University and completing his degree. Along with track and field, he was a member of both the cross country and tennis teams while attending Saint Paul’s. Immediately after college, he began a teaching career in Portsmouth Public Schools, initially as a seventh grade social studies teacher in 2012. During that same year, he also began his journalism career as a writer for Official the Magazine (www.offthemag.com). Other than writing, he enjoys watching his favorite sports teams: Dallas Cowboys, New York Knicks, and UNC basketball. In addition, he is a huge fan of the show “Shark Tank.” Jamaar is married to a beautiful wife, Fredecia, has one daughter Jazilynn. His favorite quote: “Nothing is ever as good as it seems, nothing is as bad as it seems. Somewhere in the middle lies reality.”
In addition to writing for recruit757’s football outlet, Jamaar is the head of operations for recruit757/basketball.
Jim McGrath – Features Writer/Correspondent
Jim has been a resident of the region for years and has honed his craft covering sports in the Bay Rivers District and the Peninsula District as a freelancer for the Daily Press. He has also worked as a senior writer for TrackNation magazine. He recently co-authored a motivational book: “Life Treats You the Way You Treat It.” Jim is the lead contributor for recruitNoVA, which helps him keep in touch with his Alexandria roots. His wife Elizabeth also writes for recruit757 on a regular basis.
Jim also maintains a blog called “Writing on the Wall” that is dedicated to his interests, including youth and amateur sports.
Elizabeth McGrath – Features Writer/Correspondent
Known affectionately as “Mrs. Mac” by her students, Elizabeth McGrath is definitely a “Southeast Virginia” original. She is new to the 757 sports writing community, but not the area. She has called Newport News home since the early 1970’s because of her military dad. She is a graduate of Denbigh High School, Christopher Newport, and recently Regent University. While she did not participate in organized athletics, she was indirectly tied to sports as a pep band musician. Elizabeth is our full-time schoolteacher who enjoys writing. As such, she feels her best contribution for the recruit757 team is features-themed writing. If she is not inside the classroom teaching young people or representing public education by participating in several state organizations, Elizabeth enjoys high school, college and professional sports events with her teacher/sportswriter husband Jim and their canine “son,” Hudson.
Joe Nelson – Correspondent
Joe Nelson was raised in the Hampton Roads area. A 2012 graduate of Tabb High, Joe competed in football, basketball, and track and field. Joe went on to play football at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where he earned All-Conference honors in 2015. After graduating from VMI, Joe competed as a graduate transfer at the University of Richmond. Joe now works and resides in Richmond where he primarily covers Richmond area teams for Recruit804.
Joe Barnes – Photographer
Joe works the sidelines as a photographer for recruit757.com. You can also see his work at joebarnesphotography.com. Not only does Joe do sports photography, but he does portraits, dance photos and a lot more. Joe does excellent work! Joe also works as a Firefighter/EMT for the Chesapeake Fire Department. You’ll find him covering a lot of western Hampton Roads and the Peninsula as well. Joe will get out to a Beach game once in a while, so keep an eye out for him there too.
If you want senior photos, including action shots, casual poses and studio pictures, be sure to get in touch with Joe.
Sam Mizelle – Photographer
Sam is a professional photographer who dedicates her time to photographing the young athletes of Hampton Roads in order to help them with their recruitment. She’s been a football mom. Her son played football for Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and she thoroughly enjoys the game. Sam was an AP Photographer before she settled into an office job as an administrator. She has a keen eye behind the lens and she thoroughly enjoys her work on the sidelines. She has a real passion for football, but her first love is shooting the action of lacrosse.
Sam is also an accomplished portrait photographer, so she’s an excellent options for senior photos, engagement photos, weddings and more.
Mary Ann Magnant – Photographer
Mary Ann honed her skills shooting track and cross country, but she has a true love for football. She’s a national level contributor for MileStat.com, an online publisher of news and statistics for the track and field community. Mary Ann is based at the Beach, but will travel anywhere for a a good game. She might be small, but she’s not afraid to jump in and get a great shot just a few feet from the action. You’ll see her on the sidelines for recruit757.
Her reputation for track photography has taken her up and down the East Coast, and even as far as California for track events because Mary Ann is the best at what she does.
Mary Ann is a runner herself. You can talk to her and know she loves sports.
Sarah Murphy – Photographer
Sarah is based out of Suffolk, VA and has contributed a lot of high quality work for recruit757 over the years. You’ve also seen her work with youth sports through her own company, Bean Sprout Photography. As the mom of boys, Sarah has to have a passion for sports. She loves to relate to her sons’ athletic pursuits and she captures many priceless memories through the lens of her camera.
Bean Sprout Photography is an excellent option if you’re looking for action shots or candids of your kids, your family, or your special occasion.
Danny Haymond – Photographer
Danny is a veteran of the recruit757 team and loves nothing more than to get out on Friday Nights in the fall and shoot some football action. You’ll find him on the sidelines on the Southside or on the Peninsula, but his most frequent assignment is Southeastern District football. You’ve undoubtedly seen him on the sidelines at King’s Fork, Indian River or Grassfield, among many others.
Fine Focus Photography is the name of his photography business and he’s always on the move. His first love is sports photography.
Kim McCaffrey – Photographer
Kim joined the staff in 2016 and she’s already hit the road to cover games in the 804 and she’s photographed the Group 4A State Championship Game. Kim is humble about her talents, but you’ve seen her photography and we all know that she’s one of the best in the business. Kim is a Peninsula resident and a Menchville grad, so she has a soft spot for shooting games at Todd Stadium and following the teams in the Peninsula District. Did I mention that she also like the lighting at Todd Stadium? Kim’s girls play softball and she cut her sports photography “teeth” by shooting fast pitch softball action.
Mike Caudill – Photographer
Mike is the newest member of our team as of the fall of 2016. He’s a veteran, having served in the Army, and he’s a native of California. Mike loves sports and he has a passion for photography. That makes him a perfect fit for the gig. He’s taking courses at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach in order to sharpen his skills further and his dream job would be as a sports photographer for the Major Leagues or on the NFL sideline.
We want to keep him here as long as we can, but we know that his shot at the big time is coming. Watch out ESPN!
If you think you have what it takes to be a part of the recruit757 team, get in touch with us on the “Contact Us” page. You’ve got to have skills and you have to be able to do it for “the love of the game”! Without the hardworking folks you see listed above and many others, this website wouldn’t have become what it is and be on a path to many greater things….
There are many other unsung heroes on the recruit757.com team that like to remain that way. It takes a lot of work to keep this site up and filled with the latest news, photos and video on all of the football talent here in The 757. We want colleges to be able to come in here and recruit easily. We’re convinced that there’s a lot of talent here that could be recruited to play college ball. It’s our duty to make sure that the colleges know what they’re looking for when they come to the area.
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