C.D. Hylton WR Deshun Mickens (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruitNoVA)
UVA-Wise offers play maker Deshun Mickens
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
Just before the Easter weekend, C.D. Hylton athlete got the good news of a scholarship offer. Deshun Mickens (JR WR 6-3 180) now holds two offers. His first scholarship offer came from Howard University in February.
Hylton High School assistant coach John Harris shared the news over Spring Break as he was out of the country on vacation. We’d call that going the extra mile for his players.
“I talked to (Cornerbacks) Coach Nick Rosser. He thinks Mickens has a high ceiling,” Coach Harris stated via Twitter message. “Coach Rosser likes Chris Emerson (JR C 5-10 280) as well. He’s coming to the school to see them in May.”
College interest is building for the rising senior class at C.D. Hylton. Running back Chris Slade is the crown jewel of the class and he’s already committed to Penn State. That opens up college recruiting for all of the other Bulldogs who are coming into their prime.
“Mickens, Emerson and Dallas Caporaletti (JR DT 6-4 270) will hit the camp circuit hard this summer,” said Harris.
Hylton has several other players making a name for themselves. The most notable unknown in the Class of 2018 is tall wide receiver Traquan Cheek (JR WR/TE 6-5 210). Cheek will see more passes thrown his way in 2017, especially if opposing defenses try to key on Slade.
When Slade is getting a breather on the offensive side of the ball, expect to see a lot of Yobal Rodriguez (SO RB 5-8 180) and Juanya Braxton (FR RB 5-9 175).
All of this returning talent puts C.D. Hylton in position to make a deeper playoff run in 2017, but the competition is thick in Group 6A. The Bulldogs finished a surprising 6-4 in the regular season last year and fell in the first round of the playoffs to Colonial Forge. The Eagles went on to play in the 6A South Final, losing to Oscar Smith. Prior to last year, C.D. Hylton had a streak of 9+ win seasons going.
Don’t be surprised to see the Bulldogs make a determined playoff run this fall. Also don’t be surprise if quite a few Class of 2018 Bulldogs drag in lots of college interest.
– Andy Hilton