It’s been a good week for recruiting in the Bay Rivers District. Skilled utilityman Devonte Dedmon of Warhill just finished his basketball season, and he’s leapt back into the world of football. Spring practice is right around the corner and he’s hearing from colleges on a steady basis.
Princess Anne linebacker Aaron Glover has been heralded one of The 757’s Road Warriors, traveling much in the off season in an attempt to get seen and compete against some of the best athletes in the nation. Glover has competed in Five Star Showcase Events, Junior Rank camps, and January’s U.S. Army All-American Combine. All the hard work has finally paid off. While garnering interest from schools like Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia, and East Carolina, Glover nailed down his first offer today when Hampton University jumped at the opportunity to be first on his list.
Jamil Kamara might be the first player ever to be offered three times, by the same coach, but by three different colleges. Former Landstown Coach Chris Beatty is back at it again, offering players in The 757. Kamara has been offered by Beatty yet again, and that gives Jamil yet another Big Ten opportunity.
Poquoson athlete Grayson Boyce has been on a fast track since his sophomore season. Then he played linebacker and fullback but eventually progressed to defensive end as the Islanders tried to defend their 2011 Division 3 State Championship. Boyce became a team leader in his junior season as Poquoson made the postseason again in 2012, and in the process won the attention of many college coaches. Recruiting attention has come from schools big and small, near and far. A local favorite became the first to pull the trigger when they made a scholarship offer earlier this week.
Published reports have confirmed that Potomac Falls High School is gaining a head coach, while Oscar Smith is losing an assistant. The Panthers, in Sterling, Virginia, went 4-6 last season and last made the playoffs in 2008.
For some, it seemed to be no secret. For Bayside athlete Quin Blanding, announcing his decision took a huge weight off his chest. Today was the day that Blanding announced his college intentions. With very little fanfare, he donned a UVA cap, pulled off his track jacket, and announced his intent to attend the University of Virginia.
William and Mary CB B.W. Webb (Photo courtesy of TribeAthletics.com)[/caption]The final day of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine saw two local athletes shine brightly. Ocean Lakes grad Shamarko Thomas and Warwick grad B.W. Webb both improved their draft stock with impressive performances.
Highly sought after Class of 2014 prospect Quin Blanding is set to announce his college commitment today at 2:30 p.m. at Bayside High School. With dozens of offers in hand and a top ten that included UVA, UNC, NC State, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami, Clemson and West Virginia last month, Blanding has some good options to choose from.
Western Branch just came off of a signing day celebration that sent nine players off to college. The winning streak continues as their junior class is now getting more college attention. Two Bruin juniors picked up offers on Monday, with both offers coming from the same local school.
($$) Three weeks, three offers. Ricky Walker is picking up a head of steam in his recruitment. Since the end of January, Walker has picked up four new offers and each one of them has been an offer that most any other player in the region would envy.