($$) Lake Taylor athlete Jalyn Holmes announced his commitment to Ohio State a week ago. Holmes was perhaps the most hotly recruited player in Titan Football history, with close to two dozen scholarship offers. Jalyn stunned quite a few fans and coaches when he narrowed his list and made it obvious that he was going out of state to college. How did it all play out?
Oscar Smith wide receiver and defensive back Monty Fenner shined at the Peanut City Shootout 7 on 7. Between his fall performances, his camp stops, and this past weekend’s dominant performance at King’s Fork, Fenner has finally grabbed his first college scholarship offer.
After attending skills camps such as Mike London’s Big Man Camp and ECU’s offensive and defensive lineman camps prior to his freshman season, colleges are starting to show interest for Southampton Academy center Caleb Bradshaw. Caleb is receiving camp invites to colleges ranging from D-III Maryland schools to D-II South Carolina schools. Once he makes an appearance it becomes obvious Bradshaw is dedicated to his craft and future. Coaches see he wants to succeed at the college level both on the field and in the classroom.
Bethel lineman Ricky Walker is closing in on a college decision. He’s still college shopping, with unofficial visits to schools that have already extended scholarship offers. Did his recent visit to Pittsburgh push him closer to making a choice?
In the 2012 season, the Ocean Lakes defense was almost as stunning as their offense. The departure of defensive tackle Demetri McGill hasn’t taken much of the shine off of the Dolphin defensive line. Derrick Nnadi returns, along with defensive ends Masaddiq Walton and Tony Baird. Both Walton and Baird quietly held their own alongside the star power of McGill and Nnadi. Now the Dolphin duo have their college recruitment building and growing.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy safety Jared Morse is a pretty exceptional athlete. The long and lanky defender has drawn college interest from a number of schools, including Hampton University, James Madison, VMI, and William and Mary. Morse has had a busy schedule, including camp at HU on Wednesday, the Peanut City Shootout on Saturday, and camp at Bucknell on Sunday. After all that hard work, he finally broke through with an offer on Sunday night.
Andrew Brown, Top 5 in the nation recruit for the 2014 class and rising senior at Oscar Smith High School, will announce his verbal commitment to the college of his choice at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The announcement is highly anticipated and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Some national recruiting resources have Brown ranked as highly as #2 in the nation.
Western Branch receiver and tight end T.J. Boothe has piqued the interest of a lot of coaches this spring. Boothe finished his junior season strong, earning Second Team All-District honors and First Team All-757 Junior Team honors at tight end in 2012. His size, route running, and hands make him a perfect big target in the Bruins offense.
The Peanut City Shootout was fantastic again, but ended in a splash and a dash to the parking lot as a deluge hit just before the finals. The best game of the day might have already been played as fans saw a rematch of last year’s Division 6 Eastern Region final.
What an exceptional year! The teams in the Bay Rivers District are our performing the Peninsula District when it comes to recruiting. There’s truly a big four when it comes to recruiting in the York County/Williamsburg/James City County area. Two of the four picked up offers from Towson today, and they’re cruising along when it comes to their recruitment.