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Culpeper RB/LB Riley Harrison takes a career-building route
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
The Apprentice School football team has added another key cog to its strengthened roster as Riley Harrison (c/o 2021, RB/LB, 5-10, 205) has formally committed to attending and playing football for the Newport News, VA school.
Harrison, a first-team All-Northwestern District and second team All 4B-Region player made the announcement on his Twitter account last Friday. Reached by RecruitNoVA.com over the weekend, he explained the thought process behind his decision.
“I learned about (Apprentice) through my coaches over the summer. I had seen a little bit on Twitter, but didn’t think much of it until we had a team meeting on a Zoom call with the coaches. Our team sat in our weight room and listened to Coach (Apprentice head coach John) Davis talk about the opportunities presented and the process of getting in. I immediately was interested and wanted to look more into it.”
— Riley Harrison (@rileyharrison0) March 19, 2021
Apprentice is a unique program that is linked with the Huntington Ingalls shipyard on the James River in the south end of Newport News. According to its Wikipedia page, the company, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry.
The school trains individuals in one of 17 trades linked to shipbuilding. Harrison will study pipefitting at Apprentice, which provides a free education, as well as paying its working students upwards of $20 per hour for a career that generally starts at 50-60 thousand per year upon completion in 4-5 years. The program is rigorous in math and science, with graduates typically starting their career at a management level, transitioning directly into employment with Huntington Ingalls.
– Jim McGrath