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.
Grafton athlete Marcus Spearman had to make the best of a bad situation. Academically and Athletically, Marcus has a lot to offer any school. Spearman worked hard to gain the interest of colleges as diverse as James Madison, Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech and Stanford. After a long recruitment including weekend after weekend of Summer One-Day Camps, Marcus committed to Harvard in the fall.
That wasn’t the end of the story.
Division III Christopher Newport has quite a good recruiting class coming together. The Captains picked up two more local recruits this week, giving them four 757 area verbals already, with more on the way.
Oscar Smith defensive end Darren Flowers made his college commitment Tuesday night. The Tiger took a weekend visit, then got an in-home visit yesterday that sealed the deal. Darren will be going out-of-state with a full ride to play Division I ball.
After a big junior season and a huge senior season, running back Tony Pittman has made his college commitment. The Phantom tailback was certainly productive, rushing for almost 1500 yards in only eight regular season games in 2012. Pittman had early interest from big schools, but it was a latecomer that landed him.
Since Maryland pulled Demetri McGill’s scholarship earlier this month, the Ocean Lakes lineman has had no lack of suitors. Schools like Connecticut, Wake Forest, and James Madison quickly jumped back into the mix. McGill has narrowed his target list down to four, and he’s taken two visits already. He has two more visits to make before signing day. Then, he’ll make his decision. ($$)
Hickory High School has their first signee of the 2013 class. Lineman Colby Beecham made a college visit this weekend and made up his mind quickly.
Booker T. Washington has three new commitments in their senior class. The team was young this year, struggling to a 3-7 season with only six seniors on the roster. In one fell swoop, half of the senior class has locked in their college plans.
After a long recruitment, Menchville kicker Dillon Christopher really didn’t take long to make up his mind. Dillon took a visit to VMI last weekend and landed his first official offer. Still, ODU, William & Mary and Virginia Tech were in play. After taking the week to think about it, Christopher confirmed his decision on Sunday night.
Jaivon Smallwood had a strong senior season at Bayside. He played alongside Demetrious Nicholson and Anthony Cooper in his junior season, and then shared catches with Cooper in his senior season as quarterback Deion Stitt set a Bayside record for passing yardage. Smallwood took that productivity to the college level when he committed to Virginia State as part of the Class of 2012.