When the VHSL proposed changes to the classifications and alignments of teams in Virginia several years ago, many local fans felt the excitement, rivalries, and pageantry of high school football would be lost and it would change Friday Nights under the lights forever.
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.
Big time 804 recruit and perennial top defensive lineman Tyler Powell verbally committed to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Monday night. With the commitment, the Tar Heels get a powerful and amazingly agile defensive lineman capable of clogging up the middle as well as bringing outside pressure. Quick hands and feet make blocking this defensive lineman a nightmare for centers, offensive guards, and tackles.
Three teams from the 804 battled this past weekend at Hampton University’s Battle by the Bay 7v7 Tournament. The Dinwiddie Generals, Hermitage Panthers, and John Marshall Justices battled teams from the 757, Roanoke, and Maryland in a 7 vs. 7 football tournament. All teams were required to play a five game regular season in order to determine seeding in the single elimination playoffs.
A few scattered showers in the morning gave way to a sunny and picture perfect day for football in the Richmond area. Over 150 athletes descended this past Saturday on Highland Springs HS for the annual College Prep World (CPW) Camp and Symposium. Dwight Vick and the team put on a great camp that allowed athletes to challenge themselves in the 40 yard dash, the bench press, and the shuttle. Additionally, the athletes showcased their talents in 1 on 1 action: offensive lineman versus defensive lineman; receivers versus defensive backs, and running backs versus linebackers.
Virginia Tech hosted three of the 804’s best young talents. Tyler Powell (JR DT 6-4, 245) from Cosby High School, Ricky Deberry (SO OLB/DE 6-2 235) from St. Christopher’s in Richmond, and Sylvester Mayers (FR ATH 5-7 145) from Glen Allen High School. The players toured the facilities, spoke with current and former players, and watched a live scrimmage.
Another weekend and another opportunity for athletes from the 804 to visit college campuses. Three of the area’s top recruits made the 90 minute drive out to Norfolk and visited Old Dominion University. Alec Eberle (JR, OG/DT, 6-4, 270) from Atlee HS in Mechanicsville, Brandon Tyson (JR, OG/DT, 6-3, 320) from Clover Hill HS in Chesterfield, and Rashaad Goodwyn (JR, S, 5-11, 190) from Dinwiddie HS all descended on the Monarchs.
Chris Conti (JR OL 6-3 305) from Douglas Freeman HS in Richmond is staying busy this off season. When Chris isn’t in the gym or on the track, or attending combines and camps, you can find him on the road visiting college campuses. His interest list is deep with regional colleges, and sure to get deeper as his reputation grows.
The weather could not stop 150 athletes from participating in this past weekend’s National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) at Highland Springs High School in Richmond, Virginia. Hosted by the Springers, this year’s NUC was a great start to the camp and combine season.