Massaponax lineman Teagan McDonald at Elon (Photo courtesy of Teagan McDonald)
NoVA linemen Teagan McDonald, Jack Forsyth, and George Neiser are making visits and drawing offers
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Three of Northern Virginia’s biggest linemen have received more interest in the form of offers and official visits this week.
Teagan McDonald, formerly of Riverbend, and readying for a senior season with Massaponax appeared to be the busiest. In the past two weeks, McDonald (6-4, 300) has received visitors from no less than eight schools, including Big Five teams Maryland, Pitt, and Louisville. Old Dominion, Liberty and Temple also visited Massaponax, as did FCS coaches from Monmouth and Division III Merchant Marine Academy.
McDonald, who broke the Massaponax squat record with a 510-lb. lift in March, also made two visits this month, traveling north to Monmouth University on the Jersey shore, before heading south last weekend to see Elon University (NC).
“Monmouth is really interested, I believe,” said McDonald in a Friday night interview adding that the campus, which includes beachfront property in West Long Branch, was “beautiful.”
Jack Forsyth of Falls Church, who recently landed his first offer, from Howard, has added another from a MEAC school, albeit one that is readying to move to the Big South. In mid-April, Forsyth (6-7, 282) added Hampton University to his list of Division I suitors.
Forsyth, a right tackle with Said Aziz’s Jaguar team, leads a solid offensive line that saw running back Dakwandre Marshall tally over 1,900 yards in 2017. Both athletes are returning to Falls Church in 2018 to lead an explosive offense and a team that harbors expectations of another playoff berth next season.
Right guard George Neiser of Charles Colgan High also showed that his participation in a recent Howard University camp was worthwhile as the Bison extended an offer to the sophomore. Neiser (6-2, 295) and brother John (6-2, 205), also a sophomore lineman for the Sharks, hold down the right side of the Colgan O-line and spearhead a young offense that averaged almost 31 points per game last year, despite being their first year of varsity play.
The Sharks were 3-7 in their inaugural season, but Coach Steve Baudendistel returns almost all of his skill players and Colgan should more closely resemble the team that went 8-1 as a JV unit when the players were freshmen.
– Jim McGrath