When some high school athletes graduate and they have not been courted to play at the collegiate level, their careers are finished, but that’s not the case for Xavier “Zay” Freeman. College football and wrestling are still a big part of his future, he hopes. Earlier this week Zay received his letter from Virginia Tech that he had been academically accepted for enrollment there. He has hopes to walk-on to the football team and wrestling squad too.
It’s not often that a Bay Rivers District player gets ACC attention. Then again, Lafayette running back Jahlil Green is not just any football player. Green racked up 1546 yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior season, and that, combined with excellent academics, has moved him to the front of the class.
Western Branch defensive back DaiQuan Lawrence is picking up a head of steam when it comes to recruiting. The 6-0 180 pound junior corner got a phone call yesterday that will allow him to stay close to home and play college ball if he wants to. It’s the second offer for Lawrence, and it’s one that has him pumped.
A recent trip down tobacco road took three Ocean Lakes stars into Raleigh and onto the campus of North Carolina State University. Rising seniors Walter “Churchie” Harold, Mike Alston and Brandon Simmons visited the Wolfpack campus escorted by Harold’s father Ray. While on the grounds they were treated to a tour and particularly of the new dorms and weightlifting facilities for players. They found themselves impressed with everything there and look forward to more interaction with NC State and its coaches.
Oscar Smith wide receiver and defensive back Monty Fenner hit prime time last year for the Tigers as he finally found a starring role. Now Fenner is doing his best to parlay that opportunity into college offers. He impressed last summer during camp season, then scintillated in his junior year. His visit to Wake Forest this past weekend was the beginning of a new round of college trips.
Princess Anne linebacker Aaron Glover and wide receiver Jordan Glover are cousins. Quarterback and safety Shelton Beale is close to the family as well. All three made a trip up to Philly with Aaron’s Dad, Deon Glover, in order to get a look at the Owls. Temple is making a bigger push to recruit in The 757 now that Phoebus wide out Romond Deloatch is up there and Assistant Coach Brandon Noble is in the fold. Noble knows The 757 from his year recruiting it at Coastal Carolina, plus his time as a First Colonial lineman.
This past weekend was a good opportunity for a few Western Branch players to take a road trip to North Carolina. They had a busy itinerary of college visits scheduled in the hunt for scholarships. Wake Forest and Charlotte were on the docket, and both colleges gave good feedback.
It’s the time of year for college visits. For rising senior cornerback Aaron Chandler, it’s time to work on his recruitment. Chandler has just come off of a week where he visited HU and James Madison. After getting lots of positive feedback, he’s energized for the next wave of visits to come.
At Gloucester High School, it’s a little harder to get noticed. The Dukes are somewhat the forgotten program of the Peninsula District. While the district designations are soon to be no more, it’s still going to be tough to shake the notion that Gloucester is off the beaten path when it comes to football. One young man is doing his best to bring some attention to Gloucester football. Despite missing a head coach and a winning program, James Scott is hitting the trail for college visits and camps in an effort to get noticed.
Lineman Keith Willie was feeling pretty good at Booker T. Washington. He was a Booker for three years before his Dad, Keith Clark, found a new home for him at Atlantic Shores. His life path changed. As a Seahawk, Keith hit a new stride, and now he’s moving on to college.