Poquoson athlete Grayson Boyce has been on a fast track since his sophomore season. Then he played linebacker and fullback but eventually progressed to defensive end as the Islanders tried to defend their 2011 Division 3 State Championship. Boyce became a team leader in his junior season as Poquoson made the postseason again in 2012, and in the process won the attention of many college coaches. Recruiting attention has come from schools big and small, near and far. A local favorite became the first to pull the trigger when they made a scholarship offer earlier this week.
Published reports have confirmed that Potomac Falls High School is gaining a head coach, while Oscar Smith is losing an assistant. The Panthers, in Sterling, Virginia, went 4-6 last season and last made the playoffs in 2008.
For some, it seemed to be no secret. For Bayside athlete Quin Blanding, announcing his decision took a huge weight off his chest. Today was the day that Blanding announced his college intentions. With very little fanfare, he donned a UVA cap, pulled off his track jacket, and announced his intent to attend the University of Virginia.
William and Mary CB B.W. Webb (Photo courtesy of TribeAthletics.com)[/caption]The final day of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine saw two local athletes shine brightly. Ocean Lakes grad Shamarko Thomas and Warwick grad B.W. Webb both improved their draft stock with impressive performances.
Highly sought after Class of 2014 prospect Quin Blanding is set to announce his college commitment today at 2:30 p.m. at Bayside High School. With dozens of offers in hand and a top ten that included UVA, UNC, NC State, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami, Clemson and West Virginia last month, Blanding has some good options to choose from.
Western Branch just came off of a signing day celebration that sent nine players off to college. The winning streak continues as their junior class is now getting more college attention. Two Bruin juniors picked up offers on Monday, with both offers coming from the same local school.
($$) Three weeks, three offers. Ricky Walker is picking up a head of steam in his recruitment. Since the end of January, Walker has picked up four new offers and each one of them has been an offer that most any other player in the region would envy.
Salem linebacker Jacob Brown first hit the recruiting radar in his sophomore season when a few Ivy League schools were on to him. Now that Junior Days are rolling around for him, Jacob is getting invites and making visits. His play on the field is getting him attention. His work in the classroom is setting him up for almost certain scholarship money.
Two days are down and there’s two days to go. The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is at the mid-point, and we have some results in for the local guys. The 757 is sending players to the league…. Here’s the latest:
North Carolina State became the first to jump on board for a Tallwood junior. Christian Byrum has put in the work on a Tallwood team that struggled last year. Byrum camped last summer as a sophomore, led his defense from the safety position, and now he’s getting the recruiting attention. That first offer is a big one.