March 19, 2007

Richmond rates high again

RICHMOND, Va. - Approximately 110 potential Division I-A prospects showed up for the second annual Rivals.com Richmond Junior Day on Saturday at Highland Springs High School. A handful of scholarship players were on hand and plenty more should be receiving offers in the near future.

Two of the bigger names in the mid-Atlantic this season are defensive lineman Reggie Ellis and quarterback Mike Glennon. Both made an appearance at the junior day. Ellis stood out over the pack with his thick frame and measured in at an impressive 6-foot-3, 285 pounds. It's no surprise teams like Maryland, Virginia and Illinois have already extended scholarship offers.

Meanwhile, Glennon towered over other players in attendance measuring in at stunning 6-foot-6. He is very lanky like his brother coming out of high school (188 pounds), but does have a frame that can put on plenty of bulk in the next few years. Not surprisingly four schools already have offers out for the Northern Virginia quarterback.

The host school Springers were well represented. The biggest name of the bunch was 6-foot-1, 260-pound defensive end Antoine Hopkins who has bulked up a lot in the past year. Hopkins has a nice wide frame and thick legs. He now holds two offers from the ACC. There is no doubt he'll be one of the top stars in the Richmond area next season.

Hopkins was joined by his brother, 2010 lineman Derrick Hopkins. He is huge as he measured in at just under 6-foot-0, 272-pounds as a freshman.

Staying with the 2008 Springers, wide receiver Deon Miller has the look of the prototype wideout colleges are looking for with his tall 6-foot-5 frame with room to bulk up. Fellow wideout Harry Lee Daniel looked like a Division I prospect at 6-foot-1, 186-pounds. Tight end Rod Wheeler came in at over 6-foot-2, 228-pounds. His body type will allow him the versatility to play a variety of positions. Finally, quarterback Matthew Hurdle rounds out the group as he checked in at 6-foot-3. He has good size and an athletic build. It's no surprise all of the Springers are receiving Division I looks.

Varina athlete Justin Thorpe also made an appearance at the event. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Thorpe has a good frame to play safety at the next level. He will likely try to fill the void left by Davon Morgan (Virginia Tech signees) and should be the next star out of the school.

Plenty of other schools made appearances in Richmond on Saturday despite some heavy rainfall. Washington (D.C.) Dunbar was well represented beyond Ellis. 6-foot-1, 181-pound versatile athlete Jharron Armstrong who claims an offer from the Big East. He had no problem passing the eyeball test.

DeMatha High School sent two of their stars, wide receiver/cornerback Rodney McCloud and safety Jonathan Mason. McCloud checked in as expected at just under 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds and looks the part of a D-1 player. Colleges agree as he holds almost a half dozen offers. Mason also looked good as well, measuring in at 6-foot-2, 204-pounds.

C.D. Hylton showed up with their three Division I prospects, Erick Martin, Morgan Carter and Danzel White. Carter holds two offers from the Big East and looked great at 6-foot-4 and 206 pounds. Martin has an impressive frame as well, checking in at 6-foot-2, 235-pounds. White was a bit small checking in at just over 6-foot-0 but he'll still get plenty of looks.

Running back Josh Wells out of West Potomac was very productive last year and claims an ACC offer already despite his stature. He checked in at 5-foot-7 and 177 pounds.

Athlete Marcus Davis made the trip all the way from the Tidewater Region. He easily passed the eyeball test with his impressive 6-foot-4, 226-pound frame and claims an offer from Virginia Tech.

As always a few players came in under the radar as well. One was Davis's teammate from Ocean Lakes, quarterback Daniel Pitts who measured in at 6-foot-5 and just under 200 pounds.

Gonzaga lineman Eric Wiggins is another one to watch. He had a nice thick frame at 6-foot-3 and 286 pounds. James Monroe linebacker Stephen Meadows has plenty of room to bulk up despite measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds.

Grafton cornerback Lorenzo Sheppard has a prototypical frame for a cornerback at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds. Perhaps the biggest sleeper in attendance was tight end Joseph Tyree out of Martinsville, Va. He came in at over 6-foot-2, 202 pounds and has room to grow. He is receiving looks from the ACC amongst others.

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