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High School Notebook: Chargers’ Holmes is drawing some attention

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

Chris Holmes was not an all-Battlefield District football selection in 2011.

The Chancellor High School junior didn’t even receive honorable-mention recognition.

But college coaches apparently have noticed something those in the Battlefield didn’t.

Holmes has picked up three scholarship offers from Football Bowl Subdivision schools, including two in the past week.

The 6-foot-2, 187-pound Holmes is projected as a safety at the next level, but some view him as a wide receiver, too.

“He has size and athleticism,” said Chancellor assistant coach Chris Lam, who handles recruiting for the school. “He’s rangy, and he can cover a lot of ground.”

Holmes was the district’s player of the year in basketball.

Lam said now that hoops season is over, Holmes can concentrate fully on recruiting.

He has offers from East Carolina, Marshall and Ohio University.

He attended Junior Day at Virginia this past weekend. He’s set to attend a similar event at Maryland this weekend.

Lam said Holmes likely won’t orally commit to a school any time soon.

Since he has yet to receive an offer from a BCS school, Holmes is expected to participate in one-day camps this summer with hopes of doing just that, Lam said.

“The offers he’s received are nothing to sneeze at,” Lam added. “But he wants to let the process run its course.”

HAMILTON WAITING, TOO

Mountain View junior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton said this week he’s in no hurry to make a college decision, either.

Hamilton holds scholarship offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina and Liberty.

He attended Junior Day at Virginia on Saturday. He’s set to visit Virginia Tech on Monday to make up for missing the Hokies’ Junior Day on Feb. 18.

Hamilton said he enjoyed Virginia’s event, particularly the opportunity to watch the Cavaliers play basketball against North Carolina.

“It was really nice,” Hamilton said. “All the coaches made me feel like U.Va. is a good place to be.”

Hamilton said his plan is to visit as many schools as possible during the spring and summer. He said ideally he would make a decision before his senior season begins, but acknowledges that may not happen.

“I’m just taking it all in, because I know sooner or later it’s going to get real stressful,” Hamilton said. “Right now, I don’t have a top school. I’m pretty medium with all of them.”

JM PAIR PICKS JUCO

James Monroe football standouts A’darius Brown and Kasine Conway have signed with Louisburg (N.C.) Junior College, Hurricanes head coach John Sala said.

Sala said Conway (6-foot, 165 pounds) possesses “D–I talent at wide receiver.”

“We think the world of him,” Sala said. “We usually get athletes that can run, but they’re not tall like him.”

Sala said the Hurricanes will try to get the ball into Brown’s hands as much as possible, but they’re not sure if he’ll play wide receiver or another position.

“He’s a phenomenal athlete, just phenomenal,” Sala said. “With his 4.4 speed [in the 40-yard dash], we feel he’s one of the most dynamic players in the state.”

Brown (5-foot-9, 153 pounds) was named first-team all-state by the Virginia High School Coaches Association. Conway was a first-team all-Battlefield District choice.

KNIZNER PICKS WOLFPACK

Hanover junior baseball standout Andrew Knizner has orally committed to North Carolina State, his mother, Theresa DeBernard Knizner, said.

Theresa Knizner was a standout athlete at King George High School. Her parents are lifelong residents of King George.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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