The Elite 757 team, led by Coach Jason Robinson and a staff of local coaches, performed well at the UVA 7 on 7 on Saturday. While they didn’t win a title, the team gained valuable experience and the opportunity to showcase in front of the coaches at UVA, and a few others at the camp.
Ocean Lakes lineman Javon Majors has gone through some trials and tribulations just to make it onto the football field. After transferring from Landstown to Ocean Lakes, Javon found a role last year as a lineman playing behind established big men such as Alex Skidmore, J.D. Dunaway, Demetri McGill, and Derrick Nnadi. The camp season has been extremely valuable to Majors. He’s still rounding out into a polished product, but college coaches have loved what they’re seeing from the 6-5 270 pound big, and he landed his first offer on Thursday night.
Coach Jason Robinson’s 757 Elite team represents some of the best of the Peninsula, with some Southsiders adding some spice to the lineup. The Elite will carry a roster of 22 up to Charlottesville to compete in the tournament, and of course get exposure for all of the players on the team.
Hampton High School’s football program doesn’t lack for attention. The Crabbers have sent several players off to high profile destinations recently, including Daquin Moore to Old Dominion, Deon Newsome to Virginia Tech, and David Watford to the University of Virginia. Rising senior wide receiver Umar Muhammad-Wyatt hopes to be the next in line for big things to come.
Tallwood has more than one rising star on this year’s team. Safety Christian Byrum is getting plenty of attention, and that’s helping several rising seniors get more recruiting attention this spring and summer. Byrum isn’t done landing offers, but he already has two favorites in his sights. He made an unofficial visit to each in the last few days.
Head Coach Turner Gill and the Liberty Football Program are headed to The 757 for a house call. For the first time, Liberty will hold a Turner Gill football camp off-campus, and they’re headed for the Virginia Beach Sportsplex on Thursday.
Hampton University hosted a Big Man/Lineman Camp on Saturday along with their 7 on 7 event. The big guys competed at combine activities, including weight room work, before facing off against each other in one-on-one work and instruction in the afternoon. Many local linemen shined, but Kecoughtan, Western Branch and Dinwiddie had the strongest showings.
In April, when we wrote about the hiring of Coach Willie Gillus as the new head coach of the Southampton Indians, we mentioned how the players were “hyped” about his arrival. Now it seems this excitement is spreading through the young men in the area and into neighboring schools. This is important for Coach Gillus as he intends to rebuild Indian football and have a winning first season there.
It was great to see running back Marshawn Williams for the first time in a Phoebus uniform at Saturday’s Hampton University “Battle on the Bay” 7 on 7. There are certainly some Hampton Crabber fans that would disagree with that, but Williams had a fantastic debut in his own backyard. The Hampton/Phoebus rivalry will be hot once again this fall, but in the meantime, recruiting and camps fill the headlines. We talked with Williams at the event, and he had nothing but great things to say about the Hokies.