Beware Of The Social Network Pitfall

Almost every high school athlete has a social network account in some form or fashion these days, whether it be Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine or all of the above. These networks can be a great way to keep in touch with friends, family and even college coaches who are interested in you for your talents. These sites are great tool if used correctly by young men and women. With that being said, they’re a double edged sword that can also come back to haunt you in the future if not used carefully. Many colleges and potential employers are following perspective students or future employees Social network pages to determine the caliber and character of the individuals they intend to invest their time and money into.

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VMI: Return to Restructured SoCon Looming with Many Players from 757

Nearly one decade ago, Virginia Military Institute forfeited almost 80 years of continuous membership in the Southern Conference to move to the Big South. Many rumors at the time indicated that the change was sparked by the legendary school in Lexington, VA to de-emphasize athletics. Of all things, now rumors are that VMI is more committed to their football program based on their election to return to the SoCon effective on July 1, 2014.

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Wells Out At Smithfield

After two productive seasons with the Smithfield Packers, quarterback Jermaal Wells won’t be on the sidelines for the Packers in his junior season. The Daily Press reported on Wednesday that Wells is not on the preseason roster for Smithfield. Head Coach Clark Harrell is less talkative about Wells and more than willing to talk about Wells’ successor.

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Motuapuaka Ready For Tech (VIDEO Exclusive!)

Jasmine Amiker of recruit757 was able to catch up with Salem grad Andrew Motuapuaka in his last days before heading off to Virginia Tech. Andrew was at Old Dominion’s team camp, watching younger brother Army compete with the SunDevils. Yes, Andrew missed being out on the field with his SunDevils, but the linebacker was ready to roll, and is in Hokie camp now. Check out the video feature, thanks to Jasmine and videographer Michael Hill of recruit757.

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Preview: Hampton Crabbers Stay With Division 5

All of the talk of reclassification and playoffs this offseason has gotten many fans abuzz about the changes. One program that’s benefitting from the change is the Hampton Crabbers. Gone are Lake Taylor, Norcom, Phoebus, and Lakeland. There’s plenty of competition in Division 5 still with teams like Salem, Warwick, and Green Run locally. Division 5 is one of the brackets where the best competitors might be out of town. L.C. Bird, Hermitage, Meadowbrook, and Highland Springs will be playoff bound in 2013. Coach Mike Smith won’t hear of that as of now. His focus is on getting his team ready for game number one.

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Kevin Newsome Leaves Temple Football Program

Former Western Branch standout Quarterback Kevin Newsome recently left the football program at Temple University. It appears doubtful that his football career will resume this fall or any time soon. Generally rated one of the top ten Quarterbacks from the Class of 2009, Newsome played his final prep season in the fall of 2008 at the highly touted football program of Hargrave Military Academy. Hargrave also recently announced that they are suspending the football program.

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Deep Creek Rising (VIDEO Exclusive!)

The story of Deep Creek Football is well known. They’ve been a legendary Chesapeake team for years, but since the building boom in Chesapeake and redistricting, the school has gotten smaller, the player pool more sparse, and the football program has struggled. That’s not lost on the football coaches, but it’s beyond their control. When talking about the upcoming year, the Hornets’ coaching staff has to deal with the hand they’ve been dealt. Now that VHSL reclassification pits Deep Creek against teams of equal size for the postseason, they’re still not catching a break.

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Heritage Ready To Revisit Playoffs

The Heritage Hurricanes are a little more than a decade removed from their State Championship season in Football. It might seem like an age away now, but Heritage has the capacity to be a football power. Head Coach George Massenburg has things running right in Newport News, but two years into his regime, it’s not yet clicking like a fully fledged program. Signs of greatness are there. In spite of the loss of their lead tailback, Khalid Abdullah, can Heritage keep things moving in the right direction?

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