By all measures, Oscar Smith High School had a successful football season. The Tigers finished the regular season 9-1, losing only to nationally ranked Byrnes (SC). In the playoffs, the Tigers advanced to the Eastern Region Final, losing narrowly to State Runner-up Ocean Lakes. Quarterback Dashawn Blow led the Tigers through their sixth straight season of an undefeated district record and their ninth straight District Championship season.
First Colonial defensive back Raven Greene caught the eye of a bunch of coaches as he worked hard on the college camp circuit this past summer. At several camps, he was rated as a top performer, which was promising for his recruitment. An early season injury was a setback, but Greene powered through, finished the season strong, and made his college commitment this weekend.
Bayside wide receiver/safety Quin Blanding is one of the top recruits in the nation for the 2014 class and is certainly a prize for every school that’s recruiting him. He holds over two dozen scholarship offers, but recently narrowed his list to ten. Quin gave us the scoop on his priorities, his offseason workouts, and his plans for 2013.
Lake Taylor junior athlete Jalyn Holmes has courted college interest since his freshman season at Lake Taylor. Holmes really came into his own in the Titans’ State Championship season, providing leadership and starring as an elite level tight end and defensive end. With spring approaching, Holmes has narrowed his list and is planning college visits.
Virginia Tech’s defense for 2013 just got a boost. Bethel grad and Hokie defensive end James Gayle has announced that he’s returning for his senior season. There was some discussion of Gayle making himself available for the NFL draft, but it’s believed that more seasoning will allow him to increase his draft stock.
MaxPreps picked up on yet another 757 product when they select Norfolk Christian Lineman Mike Carney as a Freshman All-American. We have lots of great talent here in the region, yet it was Carney’s contributions on the offensive line in the Ambassadors’ 6-3 season that earned him a selection.
Princess Anne linebacker Aaron Glover went down to San Antonio last week with the plan to increase his recruiting stock. With his performance, he managed to do just that.
Virginia Beach quarterback Tyler DeSue got his opportunity to showcase in the Junior Rank Junior All-American game last week. DeSue played out of position, but still managed to win the Offensive MVP Award in the 13 and Under Game that took place in Carson, California.
At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd announced that he would stay at the university for his senior season, forgoing an opportunity to enter the NFL draft. The 2010 Phoebus grad broke the ACC record for touchdown passes and the Clemson record for total offensive yardage in 2012, making him one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the history of the school.
Bruton running back and linebacker Kapri Doucet has been the pride of the Bay Rivers District for almost three years now. He was an All-District defender as a freshman and has continued to rise from there. Doucet had a solid performance at the Army All-American combine, which will only help to increase his stock with college coaches.