Tallwood offensive lineman Theo “T.J.” Goosen is seeing his recruitment pick up as summer camp season winds down. Most of the schools showing big interest have been the type of colleges that are slower to move on prospects. Because of this, Goosen has done a lot of camping and had a lot of unofficial visits. College coaches are sold on the 6-5 270 pound tackle, especially since his academics are outstanding. All he needs is a little kick start, and it looks like the offers will start rolling in.
Again, we’re going to go into this year treating the programs as though they’re playing a district schedule. The VHSL reclassified all high school programs earlier this year, and the new classifications are effective with the start of the new school year. In football, all teams generally agreed to keep their district schedules in order to make scheduling easier for the next two years. For the schools of the former Eastern District, that means seven games of “the usual” and three new games for the schedule. That has presented problems for two schools.
Monarch Football is on a roll. Bobby Wilder’s program picked up its third commitment this week, and second local commitment in as many week on Thursday night at the culmination of the last session of team camp. Grassfield fans should be happy, and it may be an indicator of more good news in the future.
Kempsville defensive end Kyron Speller is quietly building up college interest. His latest college offer came as kind of surprise… without a camp visit or a campaign to lobby the coaches. Speller now holds four offers, and his college list speaks volumes about the impression he’s making.
Old Dominion’s team camps have hosted hundreds upon hundreds of local high school players over the years. It’s an opportunity for local teams to get extra work before practice can officially start. For Salem defensive end Trevon Hill, it was also an opportunity to earn a scholarship offer.
Chalk up more wins for the home team. The 757 Elite Team, represented mostly by Peninsula District stars with a few Southsiders bolstering the lineup, finished strong at James Madison’s passing tournament at the end of last week. It’s the culmination of another successful season for 757 Elite, and it marks great progress for the players that brought the team together.
Last weekend, Wake Forest commits Daiquan Lawrence (SR DB 5-11 185) and Terence Ricks (SR LB/RB 6-1 195) visited Wake during the program’s one-day camp weekend. The duo relaxed and enjoyed their time on campus, took in some of the camp, and spent some time getting to know the players and staff better. The Deacons’ latest commits from The 757 were left ready to start their college careers already.
For Bayside cornerback Jamez Brickhouse, it’s already been a busy July. Jamez picked up his second scholarship offer in a little more than a week, and the rising junior still has a lot of time ahead of him to earn additional offers. His stock is rising and it’s easy to see why.
Bethel lineman Ricky Walker might just be the most hotly pursued athlete at Bethel since point guard Allen Iverson. Iverson also happened to play football, but he wound up at Georgetown playing basketball for legendary coach John Thompson.
Green Run running back Anthony Scott was pumped about the opportunity to earn an offer from Virginia Tech. His combine performance was “disappointing”, in his words. A 4.43 forty in the rain had him fuming on Saturday. Despite doing well in one-on-one drills and impressing the coaches in Blacksburg, Anthony Scott was not happy about his camp performance. He’s close to landing an offer, but that’s not good enough for him.