When the VHSL proposed changes to the classifications and alignments of teams in Virginia several years ago, many local fans felt the excitement, rivalries, and pageantry of high school football would be lost and it would change Friday Nights under the lights forever.
After 20 years in Hampton, the VHSCA All-Star events are headed elsewhere. The executive committee of the VHSCA voted on Wednesday to move all events to Liberty University in Lynchburg, starting in 2014.
On Monday night, a little over 100 sports fans gathered together for the Chesapeake Sports Club’s July meeting to hear the high school football coaches of Chesapeake talk about their programs and their philosophies of coaching the young men of the city. It was a great opportunity to get a preview of the season, and a look into the lives of the coaches that mold our young men.
Phoebus has a lot of talent. One of the unsung heroes of the offensive and defensive line is Jamal Earls (SR OL 6-3 245). The big man has the size, skill, and pedigree to earn a college offer. So far, his camp exploits have gotten him a lot of interest, but no offers. He’s determined that his time will come.
Andrew Brown is now making a name for himself at Nike’s The Opening in Oregon. Prior to his trip out west, he spent his Saturday announcing his college committment and celebrating that announcement. He verballed to Mike London and the UVA Cavaliers. Take a look at the video below, and learn a little more about Andrew’s character, why he committed to the Hoos, and how he made his announcement to the media, including ESPN, who was interviewing him via webcast.
Green Run coach Jeff McGowan has a new group of studs that could take them far this fall. One of them is one of the Beach’s less heralded prospects: defensive end Shaun James. James is a converted basketball player who’s still getting his feet wet on the gridiron. James held four offers going into the weekend. Now, it looks like a failed 7 on 7 tournament led to his fifth offer.
Richmond bags their first commit from the 757! Jahlil Green of Lafayette had been racking up scholarship offers like he racked up yardage last season. The transfer from West Point quickly caught the eye of college coaches this spring after such a productive junior season. Green rushed for 1,546 yards and 20 TDs last season, in addition to playing on the defensive side of the ball. He held ten offers when he made his verbal commitment on Wednesday, just before the holiday weekend.
Lake Taylor cornerback Nhyre Quinerly is a rising junior and he already has a couple of offers in the bag. UMass was the first to offer, and he holds an offer from James Madison as well. There are some big time schools that look to be ready to pull the trigger, including Florida State. Quinerly talks about those schools, his camp schedule, and what it’s like to be the son of a coach in today’s video one-on-one.
Nationally renowned class of 2014 recruit Andrew Brown strengthened Mike London’s recruiting class Saturday afternoon when he announced his commitment to the Cavaliers. The Oscar Smith defensive lineman has been highly coveted by several dozen college programs. When it came down to decision time, the big man decided that he wanted to stay close to home.
The Hampton Pirates are aggressively going after local talent. They’ve put out close to two dozen offers to local players in the past few months, and they added two more this week when they went after one of the best at the Beach and one of the best in the Bay Rivers.