($$) Events like Sunday’s National Underclassmen Combine at Bethel High School give us a great chance to see tomorrow’s stars as they rise in a competition setting. Some of the best in an event that includes seventh, eighth, and ninth graders are players that haven’t even seen a high school football field yet. We got a glimpse of the future, and of course, the future is bright for football in The 757.
For players like Bruton quarterback Bilal Wallace, the hard work is finally starting to pay off. The labor is far from done however. Wallace missed most of his sophomore season with an injury, then struggled with consistency in his junior season. At 6-3 180, he looks the part of college prospect, and he’s shown glimmers of brilliance. Bilal needs to make the final push that will earn him offers. That’s likely to come during camp season, meanwhile, he’s making as many visits as he can, in order to get noticed.
Phoebus defensive end Harry Lewis is a young star on the rise. While the Phantoms garner a lot of attention as a program, Harry has been quietly picking up college attention as a rising junior who’s been a varsity level talent since the eighth grade. Harry is finally coming into his own, and he won’t be a well kept secret much longer.
At the beginning of the week, Menchville Head Coach Melvin Moore announced his resignation as coach of the football program there. After two seasons and and 5-15 record, Moore leaves the program without a next destination planned. Coach Moore’s passion for building a great football program will now move on.
Two college stops in two days makes for one busy weekend. That was the case when Lake Taylor cornerback Nhyre Quinerly (SO DB 5-11 185) and Salem wideout Trevon Hill (SO WR 6-3 185) made a stop at Hampton University on Friday and Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Nansemond River wide receiver Marvin Branch, Jr. has had a great junior year. For the Warriors football team, Branch won All-District Honors and almost led his team to the playoffs. Marvin also starred for the Nansemond River basketball team. That versatility is attractive to college coaches. That’s why Marvin’s recruitment is starting to heat up.
Granby’s William “Boojoe” Smith is seeing the hard work that goes into a 9-1 season pay off. Smith led his Comet team to a highly successful season that was just a play away from being a 10-0 campaign in 2012, and the recruiting attention from colleges has been rolling in ever since. Boojoe took a visit to Hampton University on Friday, and just recently picked up some significant SEC interest.
College coaches are catching on to Western Branch recruits. Lineman Thomas Coleman picked up his fourth offer on Monday, getting a nod from the Big Ten.
Jamestown fullback Stas Szczepanski isn’t your typical football player. He’s also not your typical running back. At 5-9 230, the junior ball carrier is a load on defenders looking to tackle him. He’s not the shifty, speedy, skill player that The 757 is known for. He’s a brute, and there are college coaches looking for just that type of back.
The Peninsula District has another coaching opening. Coach Melvin Moore confirmed that he has decided to leave Menchville High School after coaching there for two years. That leaves Menchville and Warwick with coaching vacancies, in Spring practice season with recruiting visits by college coaches ready to start up on next week.