At Gloucester High School, it’s a little harder to get noticed. The Dukes are somewhat the forgotten program of the Peninsula District. While the district designations are soon to be no more, it’s still going to be tough to shake the notion that Gloucester is off the beaten path when it comes to football. One young man is doing his best to bring some attention to Gloucester football. Despite missing a head coach and a winning program, James Scott is hitting the trail for college visits and camps in an effort to get noticed.
Lineman Keith Willie was feeling pretty good at Booker T. Washington. He was a Booker for three years before his Dad, Keith Clark, found a new home for him at Atlantic Shores. His life path changed. As a Seahawk, Keith hit a new stride, and now he’s moving on to college.
Grassfield running back Isaiah Harper is part of the two-headed running attack that has powered the Grizzlies offense for several years now. Harper is a great complement to the flashiness of track star Vincent Lowe, who shares the load with him. Now coming into his senior year, Harper is looking for his recruitment to heat up.
Recruiting continues to heat up for Granby quarterback and safety William ‘Boojoe’ Smith. College interest is already percolating, and now Smith is setting himself up for some high exposure opportunities.
2011 Oscar Smith graduate Michael Wyche has had a bumpy ride so far. Still, nothing is deterring him from his dream of playing big time college football.
Salem wideout Trevon Hill is getting early interest from the Hokies. The rising junior cut his teeth as a target for quarterback Bucky Hodges. Hodges and teammate Andrew Motuapuaka are headed to Blacksburg this fall, and Hill would love to follow them there.
Booker T. Washington now has a new head coach. James Flowers takes over where Che Jacobs left off. Jacobs had taken the Bookers to their first playoff appearance in years when they reached the postseason in 2010.
Cox High School produces good football players. Athletic tight end and linebacker Adam Carroll led the Cox Falcons on both sides of the ball in his senior year. It took some time for him to determine his college destination, but now he’s made his pick.
($$) In a dramatic turn of events, Western Branch quarterback C.J. Thomas has flipped his commitment from Christopher Newport to Hampton University. There are no scholarships and no National Letter of Intent to play at the Division III level, so Thomas was free to change his mind.
The rain, wind, and cold did not deter the 150 plus athletes that participated in this past weekend’s National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) at Highland Springs High School in Richmond. As the temperatures dropped, the competition on the field heated up during the much anticipated showcase events.