Aaron Nice and Donovan Fomby of Stuarts Draft HS (Photos: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Stuarts Draft duo shines bright at Clash
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Stuarts Draft is fresh off their best season in school history. The Cougars finished the regular season 9-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of eventual Division I state champion Riverheads. From there, Draft reeled of playoff wins against Buffalo Gap, Strasburg, East Rockingham, and Richmond’s own Thomas Jefferson in the state semi-finals.
The clock stuck midnight on Drafts fairytale season in the state title game, as the Cougars fell to traditional Division 2 powerhouse Appomattox. Although their season didn’t end with a title, Draft returns a plethora of talent from a season ago, and last Sunday, two of their best were on display at Clash of the Titans.
Aaron Nice (2022 RB/DB 5-11 200)
Nice is as a hard nosed as the come. He loves to pound the rock in between the tackles and refuses to go down on first contact. Last fall, Nice recorded over 1200 rushing yards and punched it in the endzone 26 times, en route to being named First Team All-District and Region. He was also named First Team All-District as a punt returner and Second Team All-District and Region at defensive back.
When asked about his experience at Sunday’s event, Nice stated, I had a great time at the camp. I got a lot of quality reps and gained valuable experience against some of the best competition in the state. I’ve been to a few camps, but this is the biggest I’ve been to.”
Aaron was clocked at 4.62 in the forty-yard dash, giving him one of the top times at the camp. “I was really happy with the time I posted and my overall performance at the camp. We didn’t begin workouts until a couple month’s ago due to COVID. Teammates have been coming over to my house and we’ve been lifting and running to get bigger, stronger, and faster.”
At this point, Nice has not received a lot of recruiting interest, but he attended a camp at Frostburg State University a few weeks ago and has been in contact with Shenandoah University. “I want college coaches to know I will always work hard and give 100%. I’ll do whatever it takes to win.”
Donovan “Latrell” Fomby (2021 DL/LB 6-0 200)
Like his teammate, Fomby also posted one of the top forty-yard dash times at the event, posting a time of 4.60. When asked about his time at the event, Fomby stated, “The camp showed me what I needed to work on. There were so many great athletes from across the state. This experience will push me to get better. It was a great measuring stick.”
Fomby was a menace on the defensive side of the ball for the Cougars last fall. He notched 100 tackles (17 TFL) and seven sacks. For his efforts, Donovan was named First Team All-District, Region, and State as a defensive lineman.
At the event, Fomby worked out with the linebackers since he anticipates that’s where Stuarts Draft Head Coach Nathan Floyd will need him once the season resumes. Former UVA and NFL linebacker Wali Rainer was one of the linebacker coaches at the camp, and according to Fomby, having Rainer coach him up gave him great insight into the position.
“I could tell Coach Rainer was really passionate about the position and coaching me up. He still looks like he could play in the NFL.”
Fomby is still building his recruiting resume and getting his name out there. “I’d like college coaches to know that I’ve grown a lot in my football career every year, and I’m going to continue to grown and develop into a better player. I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon. I’m not the complacent type.”
Both Nice and Fomby have 3.9-4.0 GPA’s, so grades won’t be a factor in their recruiting. The right school will eventually come along and give these talented student-athletes a shot.
– Byron Jones