Yorktown QB Grant Wilson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruitNoVA)
Park View brings football back; Spotsy, Yorktown and Robinson HS offers
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Morgan State Offers Two Locals
The Bears, coached by former U. Michigan and NY Giants standout Tyrone Wheatley, have extended athletic scholarship offers to a pair of Northern Virginia’s finest.
Yorktown’s Grant Wilson heard from the Baltimore school. At 6’3” and 210, Wilson is close to the size of the Bears’ current quarterback, Deandre Harris, who is 6’4” and 209. Yorktown has jumped to a tremendous start, with a 2-0 record and a point differential of 81-0. In last weekend’s game, a 41-0 win over rival Wakefield, Wilson threw for three touchdowns and ran for a 30-yard score to put the Pats on the board.
Morgan State has also extended an offer to Spotsylvania running back Ty-Shaun Colbert and lineman Mathias “Mega” Barnwell. Colbert, a Region 3A second team selection in 2018, also possesses the size (6-2, 209) necessary to play at the next level. His Knights have gotten off to a 3-0 start, and topped Culpeper County 40-13 last Friday. Barnwell is a 2023 lineman who is quickly on the rise. He also holds offers from Liberty, William and Mary, and Old Dominion.
South Carolina Extends Hand to Leigh
In other recruiting news, the Gamecocks have offered an athletic scholarship to junior Robinson tackle Tristan Leigh. Leigh (6-5, 275) has drawn serious interest from larger schools, and has already visited Alabama, East Carolina and LSU, according to Rivals.
Another Spalding Makes News for South County
Brock Spalding is starting to make his own name in Lorton. The sophomore wide receiver caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jack Dzierski and finished the 41-13 win over T.C. Williams with three catches for 32 yards.
Brock (5-10, 160) is the younger brother of former recruitNoVA.com first team receiver Dillon Spalding, who caught 110 passes for almost 2,000 yards in his final two seasons with the Stallions.
Football Returns to Park View
After a one-year hiatus, varsity football returned to the home field at Sterling’s Park View High last weekend. Although the Patriots lost 42-18 to Manassas Park, the evening was celebratory for all involved.
Last season, with only 18 players signing up to play, the decision was made by the Park View administration to sit out the season. However, as principal Kirk Dotson told the Loudoun Times, “We didn’t want to put boys out there who never played the game before on the field and would have to play offense and defense. We still had a JV team.”
To the surprise of many, 76 kids showed up for football this summer, giving Patriot coach Josh Wild a new lease on his team. As he told the Times, “We had great support tonight. Our community has been very supportive. Just being on the field was an accomplishment in itself.”
The Patriots will make another attempt at their first win when they host Bishop Ireton on Friday night.
– Jim McGrath