Prince George QB Charles Mutter (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruitNoVA)
Division II and Division III programs have gotten active in recruiting NOVA
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
As September comes to a close without the start of high school games in Virginia, the college football recruitment movement seems to have swayed to the offers from the smaller schools, with many Division II and III programs making noise in the past week For the majority of these teams, the hopes are landing a “starred” athlete who may fall through the cracks, or moving toward other athletes whose offer card has been short on names so far.
Mutter Gains A Pair from Mountain East
King George QB Charles Mutter III (c/o 2021, 6-2 193) drew two offers last week, from Frostburg State and West Virginia State University.
Both schools are members of the Mountain East Conference, which is headquartered in Bridgeport, WV, and includes other names familiar to Northern Virginia recruits, including Alderson Broaddus, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Fairmont State. Frostburg became the conference’s newest addition when it upgraded from Division III in 2019.
Mutter could be a welcome addition of each team. Last year, he threw for 1,961 yards and 17 touchdowns, as the Foxes improved to 6-5.
Edwards Also Offered by Frostburg
The western Maryland school also extended an offer to Stafford scatback/safety Kiori Edwards (c/o 2021, 5-6 160).
Edwards offers a rare skill set. He plays much taller than 5-6 because of his nearly 41-inch vertical jump. His combined speed (4.47 – 40) and strength (315 bench) will come in handy as the Indians replace most of their backfield this spring, vaulting the senior into a featured role.
Shenandoah Offers Three
The D-3 Hornets extended offers to a trio of Northern Virginia senior athletes with Colonial Forge’s Cade Bills (SB 5-7 145), Freedom’s Ahmad Dunbar (WR 5-8 156) and Skyline lineman Will Wolf (T/DT 6-2 260) all hearing from the Winchester, VA program, which finished 6-4 in 2019.
A trio of other D-3 offers from within Virginia turned up on the social media of three NoVA HS footballers this week.
Stone Bridge wide receiver and cornerback D.J. Cobbs (c/o 2021, 6-0 170) was extended an offer by Bridgewater College. Teammate Momen Zahid (DE/DT/TE 6-5 260) received an offer from Christopher Newport.
Meanwhile, Eastern View guard and defensive tackle Elijah Hoskin (c/o 2021 6-3 250) earned his fifth football offer, from Ferrum College.
Riverbend’s Foster Offered Spot with Post-Grad Program
Riverbend athlete Marquees Foster (c/o 2021 5-9 169) was offered a spot at Valley State USA, a post-graduate sports program based in Orlando, FL.
According to its literature, the Valley State program is borne from the All-American Classic High School senior game and its JUCO style academic and athletic model aims to give players a second chance to go to college, potentially earn a scholarship, and also transfer into a four-year college while improving on necessary NCAA approved courses and SAT/ACT prep in the classroom as needed.