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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: ‘Hawks’ coach hunt includes Hampton
Brooke Point athletic director Roger Pierce believes Mo Hampton did a commendable job under difficult circumstances as the Black–Hawks interim football coach this season.
Hampton was hired in August one week before practice began after veteran head coach Jeff Berry resigned to become the athletic director at Colonial Forge.
The Black–Hawks stumbled to a 2–8 season under Hampton.
So Pierce said earlier this week the school has opened up the position to other applicants. Hampton figures to be in the running for the job, after serving 15 years as a Brooke Point assistant prior to this season.
“I appreciate what Mo did,” Pierce said. “He took the job on short notice and did an admirable job throughout the year of handling some situations that were new to him. I think he grew during that process from being just a position guy.”
Pierce said ideally the Black–Hawks will have a permanent coach in place by January, but that timetable “is not set in stone.”
RECRUITS IN FLUX
James Madison’s firing of football coach Mickey Matthews earlier this week left some Fredericksburg-area recruits in flux.
The Dukes were already faced with the possibility that Massaponax standout two-way lineman Steven Sobczak would back out of his oral commitment because Virginia Tech had offered a scholarship. Sobczak orally committed to the Hokies Monday.
But JMU’s staff under Matthews had also offered scholarships to Colonial Forge wide receiver and defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu and North Stafford kicker Joey Slye.
Colonial Forge coach Bill Brown said he expects the Dukes to stay true to their offer to Ezeagwu to maintain “credibility” with high school coaches.
Wolverines coach Joe Mangano doesn’t know what to expect with Slye. The Dukes have been the only program to offer him a scholarship.
North Stafford senior defensive end Jae’Wuan Horton is also in a precarious position. Horton committed to Central Connecticut State in the preseason, but head coach Jeff McInerney resigned on Monday. Horton was already weighing a scholarship offer from Toledo, and will wait until after the Wolverines complete their season to finalize a decision.
“Unfortunately, these young kids at the age of 16 and 17 years old, they start to realize that college football is a business and things happen,” Mangano said. “This is the world of college football, so now the process kind of continues.”
SPIDERS OFFER BEVELS
James Monroe senior wide receiver Jarmal Bevels received a scholarship offer from the University of Richmond earlier this week, Yellow Jackets head coach Rich Serbay said.
Bevels also has a scholarship offer from Virginia Military Institute. Serbay said Bevels has made an impression on college coaches because of his academics, attitude and work ethic. A breakout season with 11 touchdown receptions helps, too.
“He’s 6-foot-3. He runs great patterns. He has great hands. He catches the ball in traffic,” Serbay said. “He catches the slant as well as any receiver I’ve ever had.”
Serbay said he doesn’t know if Bevels has a timetable to make a college decision.
GREEN MAKES THE CALL
Chancellor senior girls basketball standout Emily Green has signed a national letter of intent with Division II Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.
Green, a 5-foot-7 shooting guard, averaged 9.0 points per game for the Chargers last season. She’s a two-time all-Battlefield District second-team selection, who is looking to make an impact as a 3-pointer shooter with Francis Marion.
“I had a couple of Division III schools looking at me, but this was the perfect fit,” Green said. “They have the [academic] program I really want to do. I can really fit in their athletic program. It’s in South Carolina where it’s warm. It had everything I wanted.”
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