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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Evaluating who has game

The new boys basketball coach at Fredericksburg Christian School is using his connections to bring recruiting attention to the region.

Walter Webb, who was hired by FCS last spring to replace Darren Berkley, has partnered with Washington-based Big Shots, an organization that evaluates potential college players and distributes their findings to coaches at every level from NAIA to major Division I programs.

Big Shots will host a skills academy on Oct. 26 from

2–4 p.m. at FCS. The cost is $40, and the first 60 kids from grades 7–12 will be accepted.

“One of the reasons I wanted to have them down is we need to raise the recruiting in this area,” said Webb, who was the head coach at Atlantic Shores in Virginia Beach before he took over the Eagles. “[No college coach] is going to come to one school and see one or two kids. They need to know who exactly is in the area.”

Webb said he’s heard from parents seeking information on how their kids can gain exposure since he’s been at FCS.

He’s also heard from inquisitive athletes at various open gym sessions. He said Big Shots provides “a new wave” of recruiting assistance because its evaluators have the ear of college coaches. He said the evaluators will tell coaches which level a specific player is best suited for.

“Very few people can hit a button and have their opinion respected by college coaches to where their evaluation means something and Big Shots is that group of guys,” Webb said. “Some kids will play a whole season wishing for [a college coach] to come through. That’s great, but the odds of that are very much against them.”

SCHOOLS GET GIFTS

Several Fredericksburg-area athletic programs have benefited in the past two years from a Richmond man who has linked high school sports and the business world.

Glenn Harper, the owner of Sports Image, has helped provide scoreboards to high schools at no cost.

Harper seeks businesses throughout the region to sponsor the gifts and in turn their emblems are prominently featured.

On Friday, there will be a ceremony at Stafford to recognize the businesses which helped pay for a new football scoreboard last month.

In the past year, Harper has helped Colonial Forge and Brooke Point land new football and basketball scoreboards. Chancellor has also received new scoreboards in both sports, while the Chargers and Indians have also received new field hockey scoreboards.

Harper said he’s currently working with local businesses to provide football scoreboards for James Monroe and Massaponax.

“I’ve seen so many schools that have so many needs,” said Harper, the former president of the James River High School Booster Club. “I have a passion for high school sports and I’ve seen how important it is for these kids to stay on the field.”

FALCONS WANT A FOX

King George senior quarterback and linebacker Corey Henderson recently received a scholarship offer from Air Force.

The Falcons are recruiting Henderson (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) as an inside linebacker. Henderson also has scholarship offers from Buffalo, Kent State, Massachusetts and Virginia Military Institute.

Henderson took an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech last Saturday to watch the Hokies defeat Pittsburgh. He has an unofficial visit to West Virginia scheduled for Saturday as the Mountaineers host Texas Tech.

Henderson is rated the No. 35 overall prospect in Virginia by recruiting website 247sports.com.

KEYDETS SEEK BEVELS

James Monroe senior wide receiver Jarmal Bevels has received a scholarship offer from VMI, Yellow Jackets head coach Rich Serbay said.

Bevels (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) has stepped up for JM this season after recording 12 catches for 151 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. He’s taken over as the Yellow Jackets’ top target and has amassed 28 receptions for 405 yards and six scores.

HARRIS RECEIVES HONOR

Caroline sophomore quarterback Rasharrd Harris was named one of four national players of the week by Stu dentSports.com for his performance in the Cavaliers’ 26–20 home win over Chancellor on Monday night.

Harris, the East Region player of the week, passed for 428 yards and three touchdowns. He threw a 99-yard touchdown pass to Aason Pankey in the first quarter and also had touchdown throws of 67 and 34 yards to Keyshawn Johnson.

—Staff writer Nathan Warters contributed to this report.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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