In the 2012 season, the Ocean Lakes defense was almost as stunning as their offense. The departure of defensive tackle Demetri McGill hasn’t taken much of the shine off of the Dolphin defensive line. Derrick Nnadi returns, along with defensive ends Masaddiq Walton and Tony Baird. Both Walton and Baird quietly held their own alongside the star power of McGill and Nnadi. Now the Dolphin duo have their college recruitment building and growing.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy safety Jared Morse is a pretty exceptional athlete. The long and lanky defender has drawn college interest from a number of schools, including Hampton University, James Madison, VMI, and William and Mary. Morse has had a busy schedule, including camp at HU on Wednesday, the Peanut City Shootout on Saturday, and camp at Bucknell on Sunday. After all that hard work, he finally broke through with an offer on Sunday night.
Andrew Brown, Top 5 in the nation recruit for the 2014 class and rising senior at Oscar Smith High School, will announce his verbal commitment to the college of his choice at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The announcement is highly anticipated and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Some national recruiting resources have Brown ranked as highly as #2 in the nation.
Western Branch receiver and tight end T.J. Boothe has piqued the interest of a lot of coaches this spring. Boothe finished his junior season strong, earning Second Team All-District honors and First Team All-757 Junior Team honors at tight end in 2012. His size, route running, and hands make him a perfect big target in the Bruins offense.
The Peanut City Shootout was fantastic again, but ended in a splash and a dash to the parking lot as a deluge hit just before the finals. The best game of the day might have already been played as fans saw a rematch of last year’s Division 6 Eastern Region final.
What an exceptional year! The teams in the Bay Rivers District are our performing the Peninsula District when it comes to recruiting. There’s truly a big four when it comes to recruiting in the York County/Williamsburg/James City County area. Two of the four picked up offers from Towson today, and they’re cruising along when it comes to their recruitment.
After months and months of college coaches chasing him down, Lake Taylor ATH Jalyn Holmes finally nailed down a decision. He announced a decision that he had narrowed his choices in January. That was met with a lot of consternation from college coaches and fans alike. He re-opened his recruitment, then narrowed the list down again just a few weeks ago. That still made a lot of people upset.
Lafayette running back Jahlil Green just keeps reeling in offers. Wednesday brought an offer from Patriot League power Holy Cross. While the school is in Massachusetts, there’s a local connection at work.
A college one-day camp was what it took to land the first offer. Oscar Smith WR/DB Lakwon Chapel starred for a team that was perhaps a play away from the Eastern Region title and a Division 6 State Championship shot. Oscar Smith doesn’t lack for attention when it comes from college programs. Today, Chapel earned his first scholarship offer.