Hayfield athletes Larry Wesley (L), Josh Zipperer (C) and Lamar Robinson (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Trio of Hayfield players take part in a recruit757 Spotlight Exposure Camp
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
A trio of players from Hayfield Secondary School participated in the Recruit757 Spotlight Exposure Camp recently. LT Lamar Robinson (2022, 6’3, 255 LBS), MLB Larry Wesley, and TE Joshua Zipperer
Lamar Robinson had a sophomore season he wanted to put behind him. It had nothing to do with his play, although, he wishes it was because of those circumstances. Lamar dealt with injuries his entire season, and didn’t even record a single snap. He thinks, though, that the opportunity to demonstrate his skills to coaches is one that he will not take for granted.
“It was a great opportunity. I am very lucky to have this opportunity to show what I can do. There is always room for improvement of course, but overall, I think I did well,” he explains. He also explains the importance of minicamps, in helping players with their skills in front of scouts. He expands on his thinking, “It is very important. You can get a baseline for your skills, and if you come back to do another one, you will be able to compare the times and really see where you can improve and where areas of growth are… You can get extra work here, extra coaching. Even if you are just out here working out, it is just good to get feedback.”
Lamar has not had many coaches calling him, but he says that is due to the fact that he has no film.
“I am willing to come out and dominate on both sides of the field and just hope that the recruiting will come as the success does as well,” he describes. Lamar talks about how he has a drive unlike anyone else’s. “I’ll do whatever it takes to be the best. Nothing and no one can stand in my way, and I think that it just sets me apart from the rest,” he elaborates.
His greatest asset, in his opinion, is his footwork. He likes to play with an ultimate sense of confidence and he thinks that can lead to some great places for both himself and football players in general.
Linebacker Larry Wesley is also trying to make a name for himself. He says that the camp was a great experience for him.
“It was a great eye opener for me. It showed me strengths and weaknesses that I have and it showed me what I have to do in the rest of my high school career… It showed me that I can get better with my explosiveness and speed. My footwork is pretty good, but I think there are places I can improve,” he explained.
He also explains that these small camps are key to becoming a better player. He thinks that it allows coaches to really give constructive criticism.
“My biggest strengths are my tenacity and my work ethic. I may not be the best player, but I am going to be the most hard working player. I might get beaten nine reps out of ten, but on that tenth rep, I’m going to win,” he says on the subject of his biggest assets that he brings to the football field.
As a middle linebacker, he is the quarterback of the defense. He makes sure that everyone goes to where they need to, similar to what the quarterback does on offense.
“As a middle linebacker, I think it is key to know your position and what goes into playing it. I always keep my head on a swivel, always have that spirit of pursuit, that spirit of tenacity, and that hunger for the game,” Larry details. Larry makes it clear that he is a well-versed player as far as his football IQ is concerned. “Players need to have a high football IQ because if a player doesn’t have a high IQ, their talent doesn’t mean anything… This translates into the classroom because if you know your plays, you should know what is going on in school and with your studies,” he says.
Larry, though, has had little exposure to college coaches. He thinks that it is not necessarily a negative thing because it will make it that much better when he does in fact get recognition.
“I just can’t wait for them to see what I bring to the table. From my work ethic on the field, to my work ethic off the field in the classroom and beyond,” he says. Larry also talks about how he has moved around a lot. He moved from Philadelphia around a year ago, and that the game is played differently. “The different types of aggression and way they play the game up north. As a kid, I lived overseas in Germany, and the game isn’t played as hard overseas. Here everyone is a lot more aggressive with how they play the game, working every single day,” he details.
Tight end Joshua Zipperer is looking to prove that his hard work will pay off in a big way. The workout was one that he was proud of, saying, “I think it was a good, hard workout and you have to put the hard work in to succeed.” He thinks that the workout regiment that he went through which was mainly about footwork is one that serves an important purpose in football. “Footwork is vital. If you have bad footwork you get hawked down, you get stepped on, you can’t move around well. It is just part of the game you have to get good at if you want to succeed,” he says.
He also says that football is not just a fall sport, but instead it is a year-round sport. “People mistake football for being a fall sport, but it is a year round sport. In my opinion, you might as well get used to it because in college, you work all year, and in the NFL, you definitely work year-round,” he explains.
Success is a word that is thrown around a lot, but everyone seems to have their own definitions of what that word truly means. For Josh, he thinks that it means “leaving nothing out on the field everytime you play; it doesn’t mean winning, though.” He says that as far as his recruiting goes, he likes where he is for a rising sophomore. He is confident in what he has done to get recruiting attention.
The three players from Hayfield all have places where they excel and where they can improve. That is the nature of the game of football, getting better until you can’t get better anymore. Each of them have their own journeys to get to the place where they are now, from Philadelphia to Florida to Virginia, they all are unique. Even though the season was postponed, the Hayfield Hawks have something special when it comes to three of their key players, that is undeniable.
– Marc Goldstein
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