Every Saturday this year, I'll be giving you Hokie faithful a look at the high school success of the 2016 recruiting class. I will post highlights and statistics where possible, of course. Videos will be of current season games, so if a player is skipped, there's no recent video of him. This week the bye-week players include QB Josh Jackson, OT Patrick Kearns, and LB Tavante Beckett.
Jovonn Quillen (Hampton, VA. 185lbs, 6'-2", Athlete)
Quillen starts at quarterback at Hampton High School, which defeated Denbigh High 38-0 for its 800th program win. They're the 10th program in the country to reach that mark. Quillen himself was impressive, rushing for a score and throwing two more in the win- both longer passes of 27 and 43 yards. The Crabbers only attempted 7 passes. Both of Quillen's touchdown throws were rainbows- one was an impressive throw into the back of the endzone where only his receiver could get it, another was a jump ball that his man came down with at the goal line. He still runs well, and has more power to him than you'd think from someone his size.
Phillip Patterson (Virginia Beach, VA. 180lbs, 6'-2". Wide Receiver)
Patterson plays wide receiver for the Bayside Marlins, and caught a touchdown in his school's drubbing of Kempsville High, 48-7. He ran an inside Sluggo (slant-and-go) route and got free in the middle of the secondary for his score and fought his way into the end zone.
Myles Wolfolk (Upper Marlboro, MD. 185lbs, 5'-11", Cornerback)
(Note: Video is from game vs. Arundel. Note he's changed number to #5 rather than #1 and still makes good plays on the ball and plays in very tight coverage.)
Wolfolk recorded an interception in the Dr. Henry Wise Pumas' win over the Frederick Douglass High Eagles, helping to lock up the 19-6 victory.
Samuel Denmark (Charleston, SC. 175lbs, 6'-0", Wide Receiver)
(Note: Video is from game vs. Timberland. I can't say much more than I continue to dig this kid's potential. He's fast and elusive and stronger than he looks. How aren't more people looking at him?)
Denmark's Hanahan High team defeated Bishop England 45-20. This is their third victory, and they've won all games by more than 21 points. Their running back, Vontre Howard, ran for 3 touchdowns in the victory.
Emmanuel Belmar (Suwanee, GA. 220lbs, 6'-2", Outside Linebacker)
(Note: Video is from game vs. Dacula. I think he's athletic and a capable tackler, which is at least a good start in a linebacking recruit.)
Belmar's Collins Hill team suffered a bad defeat at the hands of South Gwinnett High, losing in overtime 20-17. This drops Collins Hill to 0-3. He did record an important third down sack as well.
Thomas Jarrett Hopple (Suffolk, VA. 270lbs., 6'-6", Offensive Line)
(Note: Video is from game vs. Menchville. I still like his ability to drive people off the ball, and he's definitely way above his surrounding level of competition.)
Hopple had an unfortunate night: Nansemond River got blown up by Oscar Smith, 42-0. It was the opening game for Oscar Smith, and drops Nansemond River to 1-1. Big swing to go from 53-7 to 42-0 in consecutive weeks. The Warriors still got 179 yards on the ground, but only got 22 passing yards.
Troy Pride, Jr. (Greer, SC. 165lbs, 6'-0", Cornerback)
(Note: Video is from game v. Clinton High, for reasons below. Glad to see he made a good interception though, as his hands had me worried somewhat.)
Disaster in South Carolina! Greer's game has been postponed to Saturday due to a three hour inclement weather delay. For anyone that's been at high school football games, being around for three hours in metal bleachers waiting around for lightning to go away is not going to happen.
Reggie Floyd (Manassas, VA. 205lbs, 6'-0", Athlete)
(Note: Video is from game vs. Woodbridge, showing a bit more of his safety skills. He hits HARD, which would be nice for a coverage safety if they flipped him to the defensive side of the ball. At present, that might be where he is needed.)
The Stonewall Jackson Raiders lost to Brooke Point 39-0, in yet another blowout. Early season games are frequently either complete dogs, or low scoring fist fights, mostly due to a lack of refinement, familiarity, and tape. Either the athleticism and summer coaching bubbles up, or everyone is at equal difficulty executing their offense or defense.
Eric Kumah (Woodbridge, VA. 205lbs, 6'-3", Wide Receiver)
(Note: Video is from game vs. Massaponax, showing some more of his solid receiving skills, and his willingness to block.)
Forest Park joins the string of annihilations, winning over Patriot High School by a ludicrous score of 54-6.
Victor Greene (Spotsylvania, VA. 215lbs, 6'-0", Outside Linebacker)
(Note: Video is from Courtland vs. Mountain View, a previous game. I still think that Greene would be a better running back than a linebacker.)
Greene's game was a dose of sanity, if only in comparison to the other blowouts. Courtland beat Riverbend in a game that was sure to set back high school offensive football about as far as the Wake Forest game did for college football: a 7-6 teeth clincher.
Divine Deablo (Winston-Salem, NC. 180lbs, 6'-3", Wide Receiver)
Deablo's Mount Tabor team lost to Carver, 26-20 after leading at halftime. Everyone knows that kind of pain, unfortunately.
Jimmie Taylor (Jacksonville, NC. 220lbs, 6'-3". Defensive End)
Taylor's Southwest Onslow Team defeated Richlands High, 21-14. This brings them to 1-2 on the season.
Next week, I'll have more detailed information as scores filter out.