The Blue Chip Challenge at the Sportsplex was not just an opportunity for some of the best players in The 757 to get together and compete, but the seniors were also competing for a nomination to the 4th Annual Chesapeake Bowl. John Wallpher of the Chesapeake Bowl was on hand on Sunday to evaluate talent. He expected big things and liked what he saw.
($$) Despite the rain that threatened early, the Blue Chip Challenge, hosted by the 757 Sports Academy, was a showcase for some of the best athletes in the region, all looking to earn a selection to the Chesapeake Bowl All-Star Game. There were dominant performances at every position, and surprising outings from players that aren’t getting as much attention, at least not yet.
($$) Yet another Oscar Smith Tiger has a recruitment that’s burning brightly. Running back DeShawn McClease is coming into his junior season, and college coaches have taken notice. McClease was the lead back for the Tigers last year after the departure of J.C. Coleman to Virginia Tech. Coleman is now starring for the Hokies. McClease is not far away from figuring out where his skills will take him in college.
The running back pool was getting deep at the University of Virginia. Taquan “Smoke” Mizzell is expected to have an immediate impact for the Cavaliers, and that’s prompted third string tailback Clifton Richardson to transfer. Richardson, a Menchville grad, was highly touted as a part of the 2011 graduating class, but nursed injuries over the last two seasons and never got the carries he expected to get at UVA.
Kecoughtan running back Trenton Cannon was one of the region’s most productive running backs in 2012. He finished the ten game regular season with 1270 yards on 188 carries with 15 touchdowns. He was selected All-District, All-Region, and All-757.
The recruitment of Tallwood safety Christian Byrum continues to be hot. Byrum came into the week with offers from Wisconsin, NC State, Charlotte, Hampton University, East Carolina, Old Dominion and NC Central. That’s quite an assortment of schools. This week’s offers only add to the variety.
True to its name, Sunday’s Blue Chip Challenge is loaded with stud athletes already. Virginia is full of high school football talent, and this weekend, the locals will defend their turf against an invading crew of Central Region and Northern Virginia athletes.
Indian River lineman Tyler Fain is seeing his recruitment really take off. The rising senior picked up two new scholarship offers last week, and there’s promise of more on the way. College coaches like what they see in the big man. He’s finding more admirers as the weeks go by.
($$) It should be no surprise that lineman Ricky Walker continues to pick up scholarship offers. After all, Ricky’s easily one of the top 5 best players in the region for the 2014 class, and linemen are always a need for college coaches looking for talent. The 757 is best known for skill guys, blessed with speed and agility. Walker happens to be a big man with good agility, who can get it done with his strength, hands, and feet.