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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Linemen do well at all-star contests

Two Spotsylvania County senior football standouts were eager to see how they stacked up against many of the nation’s best prospects.

Chancellor offensive lineman Steven Moss and Massaponax defensive lineman Steven Sobczak believe they fared quite well in two recent national all-star games.

Moss took part in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Sunday in Carson, Calif. Moss’ East team lost 31–24 to the West, but Moss said he more than held his own.

Moss, who has orally committed to Virginia, played right tackle for the East.

“It went well,” Moss said. “I was happy to be named one of the top five impact players on my team. I was going against a kid who’s going to LSU [Deondre Clark] and I was just pancaking him over and over.”

Sobczak, who’s bound for Virginia Tech, was one of 80 players invited to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla., last week. He played defensive tackle and fullback for the East. He recorded two sacks and another tackle for loss.

“The thing I was most eager about was to see where I stood in that pool of Division I guys,” Sobczak said. “I think I did pretty well. I had a pretty good game.”

Sobczak’s Massaponax teammate, Vinny Mihota, was also invited to the contest, but the defensive end didn’t trek to Orlando because of a season-ending foot injury he suffered on Sept. 6. Mihota has also committed to Virginia Tech, and he’ll enroll in school Jan. 18.

Moss will perform in another all-star game next month. He’s one of 10 offensive linemen to be selected by USA Football for the U.S. Under-19 National Team, which will play Canada on Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas–Arlington.

JMU FINALLY SETTLED

James Madison’s pursuit of Colonial Forge twin football standouts Daniel and David Ezeagwu has picked up this week, as the Dukes’ new head coach Everett Withers has settled into his position.

Withers was hired on Dec. 21, but his introductory press conference wasn’t held until Tuesday. On Monday, Withers called Colonial Forge coach Bill Brown to confirm that the scholarship offers to the Ezeagwus still stand. The brothers were recruited by members of former coach Mickey Matthews’ staff.

Withers was the defensive coordinator at North Carolina when he recruited Colonial Forge graduate Tim Scott to play for the Tar Heels. He later became UNC’s interim head coach.

“He came to our passing leagues two or three times to look at Tim and [Blake and Eric Frohnapfel],” Brown said. “When he called me Monday night we were talking about that very thing. He remembered all of that. It’s nice that somebody’s familiar with us.”

Brown said Daniel Ezeagwu, who also has offers from Maryland, Old Dominion, Towson and Virginia, will take at least two official visits, beginning with the Cavaliers on Jan. 17. He’s set to visit Maryland the following weekend. Brown said David Ezeagwu is relieved to have the lone JMU offer.

“I don’t know that he won’t get more offers before things are said and done,” Brown said. “But it’s nice to have that one in your pocket.”

SLYE CLOSE TO DECISION

North Stafford senior football standout Joey Slye is close to making a college decision, Wolverines head coach Joe Mangano said.

Mangano said he’s “90 to 95 percent sure” that Slye will walk-on at Virginia Tech as a kickoff specialist. Slye will then have an opportunity to earn a scholarship.

“It’s pretty much a done deal,” Mangano said.

Mangano said Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster has aggressively recruited Slye, who has a scholarship offer from JMU.

Slye was also a standout linebacker and H-back for the Wolverines. He has an official visit to Virginia Tech scheduled for Jan. 24.

HORTON LIKES WILDCATS

New Hampshire has offered a scholarship to North Stafford senior defensive end Jae’Wuan Horton. Mangano said Horton is receptive to playing for the Wildcats. He has an official visit set for later this month.

“I would say right now with New Hampshire offering him and the quality of that program, I think he’s really leaning toward that school,” Mangano said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he committed on his visit. That’s a really good program.”

New Hampshire reached the FCS national semifinals this past season.

Horton orally committed to Central Connecticut State in August, but the Blue Devils will have a new head coach next season. Horton also has a scholarship offer from FBS program Toledo.

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