($$) The region’s top recruit for 2014 and perhaps the region’s top linebacker for 2014 took the trip to South Carolina for a Clemson Junior Day on Saturday. The visit was a hit with the recruits, deepening Brown’s ties to the Tigers and putting Glover clearly on Clemson’s radar for the next recruiting class.
Amazingly, the Lake Taylor Titans’ state championship squad wasn’t loaded with seniors. The senior class is small, but valuable in the eyes of college coaches. The latest Titan to get his recruitment worked out will stay local, and he’ll get to play his college ball with a fellow Titan teammate from this year’s championship team.
National Signing Day is now just three days away, and Ocean Lakes lineman Demetri McGill is closing in on a decision. He had his list down to four last week. After three visits, he’s down to three choices. ($$)
When you’re playing for a private school, it’s sometimes hard to get noticed. When you’re 6-4 and 220, it’s hard to go unnoticed. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy quarterback Tim Burns hit the camps regularly last spring and summer, including stops at the NUC, Junior Rank, James Madison satellite camp, Wake Forest, and Coastal Carolina among others. After his senior season, more thought on the subject, and another visit, Coastal won out.
Christopher Newport University is quietly building another great recruiting class. In 2012, the Captains picked up close to twenty local commitments. For the 2013 class, they now have five, with more on the way.
First Colonial defensive end Derek Carter has made his college choice. After mulling several options, he’s decided to head to South Carolina for school, with an opportunity to earn a scholarship.
Bayside running back Taquan Mizzell has landed yet another postseason accolade. “Smoke” was named All-District, All-Region, All-757, All-State, and U.S. Army All-American. Now, he can add Parade All-American to the list.
The Granby Comets had a huge year for Coach Curt Brown and their dedicated fans. The history of Granby Football is filled with championships and legendary teams. The last state championship for the Comets was in 1966. Considering how close Granby was to beating eventual title winner Lake Taylor last year, and considering their 9-1 record, the Comets have a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to.
The Great Bridge Wildcats didn’t have the season they were looking for. The Wildcats football team struggled to an 0-10 season that got off on the wrong foot when star lineman Garrett Watts suffered a season ending injury. Nick Michalski saw time at defensive end, linebacker, and running back, plus he filled in as needed in other situations. The experience was great for him, but projecting him for a position in college could have been a little problematic.
Old Dominion University Football continues to expand their biggest ever recruiting class on their way to playing Division I FBS football. Wednesday night, they landed a commitment from Phoebus linebacker Atavius Matthews. The pipeline from Phoebus to ODU continues to flow.