Warhill High School now has a head coach. Former head coach Billy Jarvis departed a few months ago, after leading the program to a state where they’re looking like a perennial playoff team. Now, Bryan Davis gets to lead the program to the next level.
It’s become increasingly evident that Chris Beatty wants to get back into the Beach. At least to mine the talent here. The last player Beatty successfully recruited out of the area came more than two years ago when he recruited Ocean Lakes quarterback Lafonte Thourogood away from Virginia Tech and into Vanderbilt. Thourogood didn’t last at Vandy. He’s now at JMU. Beatty moved on to coach at Illinois last year and is now at Wisconsin. Coach Beatty is extending offers and has already landed a Juco transfer out of Kansas in Takiem Reynard, who played his high school ball at Greenbrier Christian. Who’s next?
That didn’t take long. Oscar Smith wide receiver Jaylen Bradshaw visited Virginia Tech for a one-day camp on Sunday and walked away with a scholarship offer. After a couple of days to digest the situation, Bradshaw made up his mind. He’s a Hokie.
Oscar Smith lineman Andrew Brown is a highly sought after college prospect. Brown has his choice of somewhere around three dozen colleges that are offering a full ride, and many college coaches have been selling him hard on the opportunities he has for early playing time. Andrew was at the Best of the 757 on Saturday and he camped for Virginia Tech on Sunday. His list has been narrowed to eight schools, with five sitting clearly at the top. You might be surprised at the reason he’s picked his top schools.
Ask anyone in the know about Kellam Football and “elite” won’t be the first word you would hear out of anyone’s mouth. Typically, you’d hear “basic”, “no-nonsense”, or “Wing-T”, since head coach Chris DeWitt loves to play smash mouth football. Kellam football is going to evolve a little bit this year, all because of one player: Pat Kagel.
The first of two one day camps went down in Blacksburg on Sunday and the news was good for players from the 757. Jaylen Bradshaw, Deshawn McClease and Josh Sweat came away from Tech with new offers, and that might have a domino effect that’s very good for the Hokies.
Over 170 local athletes turned out to represent the region on Saturday at Christopher Newport University. The trainers at Bon Secours In Motion ran the athletes through their paces in the combine section of the event, then the high school coaches took the athletes position by position for training and head to head competition. Every athlete shined and the competition for MVP awards was tight.
The quarterback situation at Virginia just became much clearer. At the end of last season, there was quite a log jam at the position. Since then, Michael Rocco transferred to the University of Richmond. Now, Phillip Sims is out of the picture.
The Spring Evaluation period closes today. College coaches are packing it in and heading back to campus to review their travels with their staff. Many offers have been doled out. More offers are on the way as coaching staffs make some tough decisions about their priorities. One player who’s fitting into just about every coach’s plans is Bethel defensive tackle Ricky Walker. Walker’s offer list has now topped twenty. The only schools that aren’t in on him at this point are schools that know they have no chance, or top level programs that haven’t figured out how to fit him into their roster.
Green Run defensive end Shaun James is possibly a name you haven’t heard of. James is a tall and lanky athlete who’s spent just as much time playing basketball as he has playing football. The Stallions struggled on the field last season. Now, with new head coach Jeff McGowan in place, and with a renewed focus on football. The ceiling on James is steadily rising.