The VHSL’s reclassification process brings changes for practically every school in the region, whether it’s changing opponents or changing divisions. Bruton has long been one of the smaller schools in the Bay Rivers District. In the conference format, Bruton drops down to Division 2, but keeps all of their old Bay Rivers opponents on their schedule.
Division II Alderson-Broaddus in Phillipi, West Virginia is sneaking another talented athlete out of The 757. The Battlers are building their program on area athletes, and it’s working in a big way for them. The Battlers played a road season of JV games last year to launch their football program. In 2013, they’re a full fledged Division II program with a brand new stadium and a Nike contract.
($$) There’s plenty of buzz surrounding our region’s current rising senior class. Some may not realize that there’s lots of talent beyond that. The sophomores and freshmen of The 757 are already being heard from, and they’re getting the attention of college coaches who are in the know.
Another player from Bayside High School has worked out his college commitment. Former Track star Devante Batey managed to get himself noticed after one season of high school football and get recruited for college. Granted having sub-4.5 speed and a height of 6-3 had to help.
Princess Anne linebacker Aaron Glover was the out-of-towner that made a big splash. Glover followed up last year’s MVP performance at the Maryland 5-Star with another award winning performance this year. He was the only 757 area athlete at the event, but that didn’t slow him down.
If you think that the halls at Indian River High School are quiet since Andrew Brown left, you’d be wrong. Brown wasn’t the only top college prospect for the Braves, and college coaches are still streaming into the high school to see the football talent. Tyler Fain is attracting a lot of attention. As he finishes off his junior year, he’s looking forward to a senior season that is certain to lock in his reputation as a top level college bound talent.
I.C. Norcom strongman Aaron “Simba” Parker made a strong showing at Junior Rank camp last May. He was impressive with his combination of strength, endurance, smarts, and character. At Norcom, Parker was a go to back when the Greyhounds needed to gain tough yardage.
…and just like that, Chris Beatty is making his mark in The 757 again. Tallwood safety Christian Byrum (JR FS 6-1 195) has seen his recruitment heat up, and with this latest offer, he can be labeled as a legit BCS level prospect if he wasn’t there already.
Granby athlete William Smith is making the rounds already and he’s made another college stop. The proximity of Hampton University allowed “Boojoe” to take in a quick visit with the Pirates. He’s still looking for his first offer, but college interest is certainly picking up.
($$) Quin Blanding’s commitment to the Cavaliers was big for him and big for the Hoos. There’s a developing history of Bayside players committing to UVA, but there’s also an interesting history with Quin Blanding and his football career. He’s grown up playing the game. Mom, Dad, and his coaches watched him grown from a lanky Pop Warner kid playing running back into a top notch wide receiver and defensive player at the high school level. Blanding will go on to college to play on the defensive side of the ball. That’s a long way away from his younger days, when he was running the ball all over the field.