Speed kills when it comes to facing Robert Longerbeam
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in Northern Virginia. Continuing our countdown at number 9 is T.C. Williams wide receiver Robert Longerbeam.
#9 Robert Longerbeam (2020 WR 6-0 160) – T.C. Williams High School
Our #9 athlete used the Sparta Showcase and Nike Opening Regional as a springboard to an offer from U. Mass and Temple, followed by Old Dominion and Kent State. Longerbeam committed to the Owls, who plan to use him as a defensive back.
Speaking of Temple, Longerbeam told recruitNoVA.com that “(they) just showed me that they really wanted me. It seemed like the perfect fit.” He had visited the school as a sophomore and admitted that they were “really the first school that showed interest in me.”
At the Showcase, Longerbeam and teammate Anthony Eaton clocked two of the days fastest 40-yard times, with Longerbeam’s 4.39 pacing all athletes. He has also posted a blistering time of 6.54 over 55 meters, continuing a tradition of speedy Titans which includes the world’s current fastest 200-meter runner, Noah Lyles.
This should be an interesting season for the Titans. For years, their neighbors around their field off King St. have fought to disallow for Friday night games. With work set to begin on their home field at Parker-Gray Stadium, the Titans will be playing their five home games at night, and indoors, utilizing the St. James complex in nearby Springfield, an arrangement that has no known precedent.
Playing for his father, Coach James Longerbeam, the Titans hope to improve on last season’s 4-6 mark. “We want to make a run.” It remains to be seen if he will be utilized in multiple offensive positions like last season, when he played quarterback, averaged five yards per carry as a runner, and was among the leading Titan receivers. He also served as a punt and kickoff return man.
T.C. will open its season on August 30th at Herndon High.
– Jim McGrath