Chantilly Lineman James Pogorelc (Twitter Photo)
James Pogorelc has gone from unknown to hot commodity in no time
by Jim McGrath, recruitNovA
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in Northern Virginia. Continuing our countdown at number 12 is Chantilly lineman James Pogoreic.
#12 James Pogorelc (2020 OT 6-7 260) – Chantilly High School
As the Chantilly Chargers make a march back toward respectability, and perhaps even the playoffs, one of their key pieces will its star lineman James Pogoreic.
Under then second-year coach Sean Curry, Chantilly improved from a miserable 0-10 campaign in 2017, to 3-7. It wasn’t enough to make the playoffs, but another two or three game improvement could get them to a Week 11.
And their two-way tackle, with 22 offers on the table already, including Illinois, Indiana, Syracuse and UCLA, seems to think they are ready to make that leap. His belief is that the young group that went winless two years ago, has continued to grow.
“We will be very good, and we have a lot of returning players that will be three-year starters, have developed much better team chemistry on the field and are a lot bigger, faster and stronger than last year,” said Pogoreic, who is better known for his nickname – Pogo.
Senior players such as Tyler O’Reilly (6-2, 190, QB), and Pierre Johnson (5-5, 155, RB) fit the mold of returning starters on which Curry will rely. Reilly brings size, and running ability to the QB position, while Johnson may be similar to Ibrahim Mansaray, a similar size back from Lake Braddock who wreaked havoc as a rusher, slot back and return man two years ago for a Bruin team that finished 11-2.
Pogoreic feels that Johnson is ready to have a breakthrough year and more games like his 183-yard performance (on just six carries) against Oakton.
“Pierre should also have a great year; there isn’t a team that will be able to contain him. He’s insanely shifty and quick and can make a play happen at any minute.”
Also, he gets to run behind Pogo. The Chargers season will begin on August 29 at Yorktown.
– Jim McGrath