Jaivon Smallwood had a strong senior season at Bayside. He played alongside Demetrious Nicholson and Anthony Cooper in his junior season, and then shared catches with Cooper in his senior season as quarterback Deion Stitt set a Bayside record for passing yardage. Smallwood took that productivity to the college level when he committed to Virginia State as part of the Class of 2012.
Western Branch High School is well on its way to having its biggest signing day ever. College coaches have been streaming in for the senior class as signing day approaches, and Bruin juniors are also seeing their recruitment heat up.
Bethel lineman Ricky Walker continues to pick up offers. The Bruin has a special knack for picking up ACC offers as he now has seven offers including five ACC schools. Of course, with the new offer, he wouldn’t be playing in the ACC by the time he gets to college.
Bethel wide receiver Willie Davis is now off to college. Davis, along with Rashawn Proctor and quarterback Frank Brown, lit up opposing defenses on their way to winning the Peninsula District in 2011. Academically, Davis had a few things to work out. He’s now college ready and he’s made his commitment.
Lake Taylor athlete Jalyn Holmes added his biggest offer yet today. Holmes already holds plenty of offers, including a recent one from Florida State. He had narrowed his choices down to seven before FSU offered. Until today, he had eight favorites, including the Seminoles. Now, Holmes may have a top nine.
Here’s a new commitment from the Eastern District. I.C. Norcom linebacker Antony Styles has nailed down his college destination. In his junior season, Styles was a key part of a Greyhounds squad that sprinted to the Division 5 Eastern Region Final, where they lost a close game to eventual State Champion Phoebus. In 2012, the Greyhounds made it to the playoffs again, but fell to Hampton in the first round.
Oscar Smith running back Marcus Smith is still working on his recruitment. In 2011, Marcus supported J.C. Coleman in the Tigers run toward their Division 6 State Championship. Last season, sophomore Dashawn McClease emerged as the go-to back while Marcus added carries and experience to the Tiger backfield.
Offensive lineman Jacob Mazgajewski sort of fell into Coach Jared Van Acker’s lap less than a year and a half ago. The 6-6 260 pounder transferred into Grafton in August 2011, after moving from Washington State. He has an Air Force parent who’s attached to Langley.
Lake Taylor running back Daquan Davis got his chance to shine in 2012. As part of the Titan running back tandem (including Brandon Moore) that tallied over 3000 yards in a State Championship season, Davis was sure to attract college attention.
Phoebus defensive end Mark Wilson has had a change of heart. Wilson committed to Old Dominion University in August as one of the latest Phantoms to feed the ODU football program. After an in-home visit on Wednesday, the Monarchs lost a top recruit.