Flint Hill LB Elijah Wasson (Photo: Mike Caudill/recruitNoVA)
Elijah Wasson made the trip to compete in the 757
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
It was a busy weekend for two of Flint Hill’s star players, both of whom have been quickly upgrading their statures among the Class of 2020 prospects.
Elijah Wasson spent his Friday evning attending the U. VA-Wise camp in Stafford. On Saturday, Wasson (6-0, 205) traveled south to Norfolk to take part in the recruit757 College Prospect Assessment Camp, where the linebacker and aspiring tight end stood out among his peers.
Wasson, who was second in tackles (90) for last year’s VISAA Division I champions, was relatively happy with his performance on Saturday, but clearly bugged by his 27-inch vertical jump measurement.
“I can get 30,” said the sophomore, who also participated in the broad jump and 40-yard dash drills, among others, in front of roughly a dozen coaches representing FCS, Division II and III schools.
The interest in Wasson is still at the “feeling out” stage right now, but he has received correspondence from Princeton, William and Mary and Villanova, among others.
In a perfect world, he admitted that he would like to hear from Ohio State and Florida.
If his junior year can turn into a breakout season, the contacts might start coming from Columbus and Tallahassee.
Last year, the Huskies managed to go undefeated at 11-0 while fielding a team of 33 players, thus earning the nickname “Dirty Thirty.” While Coach Tom Verbanic is hoping for more bodies to put into uniforms, at January’s Nike Coaches Clinic in Herndon, he admitted that his team might have to be prepared to operate with a similar sized roster.
“We could end up with players at positions they’ve never played before,” said Verbanic at the time.
With the loss of Mark Lewis and Jamarian Hawkins at receiver, Wasson is training to play the tight end position, in order to give Miles Thompson another passing target, while taking some pressure off 2,000-yard rusher Jordan Houston. While Wasson might enjoy catching some passes, he knows that his role may be more as a blocker for Houston, seeing as their four players listed as tight ends caught just one pass among them last year.
“I’d like to work on my blocking and getting stronger,” said Wasson, while adding that his defensive goals are to make more plays in the backfield, “instead of at the line of scrimmage.”
Meanwhile, Thompson traveled much farther for his camp, as the sophomore QB made the trip to Las Vegas to take part in last Saturday’s 12th and final installment of the Elite 11. Billed as the “Nation’s Premier QB Competition,” the Elite 11 brings athletes from all over the nation together for a chance to compete against each other.
Thompson, who threw for 1,792 yards (with a 66.1 % completion rate) and 24 touchdowns in 2017, performed well. The sophomore was laser-timed at 4.58 in the 40-yard dash and also bounced up a 36-inch vertical jump.
– Jim McGrath