Westfield RB/LB Eugene Asante (Photo: Sheridan King/recruitNoVA)
Jordan Houston and Eugene Asante lead the list of athletes in the region making college commitments
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
As the chill of January begins to thaw, the college recruiting process has been heating up for many Northern Virginia high school football players. At RecruitNoVA, we aim to keep you updated on as many items as we can, and here are some of the latest highlights.
Jordan Houston to Wolfpack
Houston, the star running back from Flint Hill, shifted gears earlier this week and made his college commitment to N.C. State.
“RALEIGH I’M COMING HOME!!!” said Houston’s announcement of the choice. The Husky back, who lives in Waldorf, MD, had earlier committed to Maryland, and was expected to play in College Park as recently as December.
Houston rushed for 1,582 yards last year as Flint Hill extended its winning streak to 22 games while winning its second VISAA Division I state championship. As a junior, the 5-10, 187 lb. back ran for 1,971 yards with an 11.9 yard per carry average.
It is unknown why Houston changed his mind, but RecruitNoVA will follow up with this story.
Asante Announces Final Five
Westfield linebacker Eugene Asante has not made his final college decision yet, but took to Twitter on Wednesday to let it be known that he is down to five schools.
Still in the mix for the services of the Region 6D Defensive Player of the Year are Maryland, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, North Carolina and Florida State. RecruitNoVA will also continue following this story as the pursuit of Asante reaches its conclusion.
Three Sherando Seniors Commit
Meanwhile, out of Stephens City comes news that three of the members from Sherando’s Class 4 state semi-finalist team have made their college commitments known.
JoJo Doleman, the Warriors 6-1, 217 lb. outside linebacker and running back, has committed to Marshall University. Will Hall, their 6-4, 215 lb. tight end and defensive end, will take his talents to the western region of Maryland, where he will join Woodgrove quarterback Graham Walker at Frostburg State. Nick Mazza, the 5-10, 160 lb. receiver and cornerback will be traveling downstate to play for Art Link and the Christopher Newport Captains.
West Springfield’s Caussin Heading to VMI
Jack Caussin, the sturdy wide receiver from West Springfield, recently made his college commitment, choosing to continue his education and playing career with the Virginia Military Institute (VMI).
Caussin, at 6-3, 200, will give the Keydets some size at the receiver position. He became a deep threat for the 5-5 Spartans last fall, catching 25 balls for 648 yards (25.9 avg. per reception) and seven touchdowns. Caussin also compiled 39 tackles as a defensive back.
Offers on the Table
Dominion High tackle Jimmy Christ has added a pair of heavyweights for his 29th and 30th offers, with Florida and Clemson extending athletic scholarships to the 6-7, 280 lb. junior, who has also drawn attention from Ohio State and Notre Dame.
James Gillespie, the 6-2, 280 lb. sophomore tackle from Woodbridge High, received his first offer, from Penn State, a move that should brighten his star and lead to a stream of interest from other college coaches.
Centreville quarterback Presley Egbers also received his first offer, from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Egbers (6-0, 190) threw for 1,190 yards and nine touchdowns for the 9-3 Wildcats.
– Jim McGrath