Loudoun County 2019 (Photo: Michael Ferrara/BURG Sports Network)
Chris Schuerholz Garnering Major Interest From Division III Schools
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Loudoun County High School’s Chris Schuerholz (2021, 6’2, 190 LBS) has been impressing many schools in recent months. Chris plays cornerback and has a quick, versatile play style that has led to multiple offers. These offers have all come from the Division III level. He has received offers from Carthage College, Washington & Jefferson College, Virginia University Lynchburg, and, most recently, Utica College. The four colleges may not be big-name schools such as Alabama or Clemson, but each of them plays very good football and present a great opportunity for any player attending those schools.
Chris is a cornerback who uses speed and quickness to blanket opponents and makes an opponent’s disadvantages obvious by focusing on them. Chris uses his above-average size for a corner to his advantage as well, combining length with athleticism to keep his opponent at bay. He considers each play as him against his individual matchup, trying to do his part every play and win his matchup. His attributes on the field are spectacular, which is made clear to scouts due to the fact that he has garnered so much recruiting attention. It is his work ethic and the things he does when the spotlight is off. During the summer, he has posted video after video of his workout, perfecting his craft, trying to be better than he has been in the past. This determination for greatness will be a defining factor for him.
While going to a Division III school is not the best way to get noticed by NFL scouts, there is a list of notable players who went to a D3 school and made it to the NFL. Players like Ken Anderson, the legendary Browns’ quarterback in the 1970s’, London Fletcher, former linebacker who was a dominating force in the middle, Dave Kreig, former Seahawks quarterback who holds many team records, and Ali Marpet, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman who has made many Pro Bowls. These players have defied the odds, but there are also many other solid contributors from smaller, Division III schools that have made an NFL impact.
The colleges that have given Chris an offer all have their pros and cons. Some of them have historic programs and a long line of solid players that have come from their programs. Carthage College, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has had its team have some very mediocre seasons in past years. Their loyal group of die-hard fans cheers this team on to the ends of the earth, with only the other big team in the whole state being the Wisconsin Badgers. Virginia University Lynchburg has not had much success in recent years, but are looking for players to come in and turn around the culture that is not quite conducive to winning on a consistent basis. Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA, has had some excellent seasons recently. They are coming off three straight seasons that saw them win nine or more games, even making it to the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs two years ago. Finally, Chris’ latest offer, Utica College, located in Utica, New York, has been very middling recently. They are coming off years that have seen them go 4-6, 5-5, and 6-4, respectively. This is not to say they are untalented, just not enough to propel them to elite status.
Chris has seen a good amount of interest from many other Division III schools, which is impressive for any player. Players should take the chance to play college football at the next level, no matter the division. Chris will take this opportunity to try to gain more recognition among recruiters, and in the end, he will choose to play at the place that gives him the best opportunity to succeed.
– Marc Goldstein