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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Dukes seek both Ezeagwus

David Ezeagwu thought about what it would feel like to receive his first scholarship offer during the first block of school Wednesday.

The Colonial Forge football standout had seen his twin brother, Daniel, a wide receiver and defensive back, rack up offers from James Madison, Maryland, Old Dominion, Virginia and Towson.

“I was just thinking ‘Whoever offers me first I feel like I’m going to stick with them because they have faith in me,’” David Ezeagwu said. “And then in second block, I get a call down to the office.”

That call from Eagles coach Bill Brown was to inform David Ezeagwu that James Madison had extended a scholarship offer.

“I was excited,” said David Ezeagwu, a standout defensive lineman and linebacker. “It just felt like a relief. I’ve worked hard and I felt like at least they noticed me.”

David Ezeagwu said he’ll talk more with JMU coaches soon, and may give them an oral commitment in the near future. The Dukes fired head coach Mickey Matthews on Nov. 25, but assistant coach Jeff Hanson has continued their recruiting efforts.

The Ezeagwu brothers said they’re “70 percent sure” they want to play together in college. Daniel Ezeagwu said he understands his brother’s eagerness to commit, but he’ll likely wait it out. He said JMU’s offer to his brother “definitely has an effect on me,” but he’s set an official visit to Virginia on Jan. 17 and will likely visit Maryland the following weekend.

“I’m real excited. Now we both can relax a little bit,” Daniel Ezeagwu said. “Even though I had some offers I was kind of stressed for him. But we just stayed patient and everything is working out.”

HENDERSON GETS INVITE

Corey Henderson never envisioned himself as a high-profile football recruit.

So the King George senior was taken aback when he recently received a Facebook message to contact representatives of the annual Chesapeake Bowl—a regional all-star game featuring the top players from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Henderson was invited to play in the contest, which will be held Dec. 28 at Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

Henderson, who has orally committed to Buffalo, will play inside linebacker for the South. The team is composed of players from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, while New Jersey and Pennsylvania players make up the North roster.

“I’m very, very, very excited,” Henderson said. “I wasn’t expecting this.”

Henderson said 15–20 friends and family members will attend the contest. He’ll be joined on the South by five-star safety Quin Blanding and five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown, who have both committed to Virginia, as well as other well-known prospects.

“I was just looking at the roster again and it’s some of the really big names,” Henderson said. “Truthfully, this is a privilege. It’s really, really exciting to play with those guys.”

Henderson, who also played quarterback for the Foxes, is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He chose Buffalo over scholarship offers from Air Force, Kent State, Massachusetts and Virginia Military Institute.

WILDCATS MOVING ON

Four Mountain View field hockey standouts have settled on their college destinations.

Wildcats junior center-midfielder Olivia Hubert has orally committed to the University of Richmond. Hubert was the Conference 15 player of the year this past season as she helped lead Mountain View to the Group 5A state championship. She was also named the 5A North Region player of the year.

Hubert, who scored 26 this past season, also considered James Madison.

“She’s such a good all-around player,” Mountain View coach Pattie Sullivan said. “Defense, skills-wise and shooting, she can do it all.”

Two other Mountain View seniors have also found Division I college homes. Sullivan said Bailey McCarthy will play for William & Mary, while Morgan Lowry is headed to Towson. Both were first-team all-conference performers.

Also, Morgan LaRowe is set to play for Division III Mary Washington.

MIGLIORINI MAKES HIS PICK

Colonial Forge senior baseball standout Cole Migliorini has decided to continue his career at Randolph–Macon College in Ashland, Eagles head coach Shawn Szakelyhidi said.

Migliorini is a pitcher and infielder. He batted .420 with three home runs, 26 RBIs and seven stolen bases last season. As a relief pitcher, he recorded a 3.71 ERA in nine appearances.

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