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Prep Notebook: College offers spike for Hamilton

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

The University of Illinois offered Mountain View junior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton a scholarship on Monday, but he’s no closer to deciding on his future.

However, three of his former teammates have chosen their college destinations.

Wildcats senior quarterback Bubby Morgan will play for Randolph–Macon College. Center Phil Way is headed to Shenandoah, while offensive guard Stevie Boose will play for Christopher Newport, Wildcats coach Lou Sorrentino said.

“All three of those guys were starters for more than one year, and we’re pleased with where they’re going,” Sorrentino said.

Morgan was a two-time second-team all-Commonwealth District signal-caller. He will join a Randolph–Macon team that features former Riverbend standout Zac Naccarato at quarterback.

Naccarato excelled as a freshman last season. Morgan also played wide receiver at Mountain View.

“He’s never been afraid of competition,” Sorrentino said of Morgan.

Way and Boose were both three-year starters for the Wildcats.

As for Hamilton, the Illinois offer is his eighth from a Football Bowl Subdivision program. He hopes to make a college decision this summer.

CHARGERS ON THE MOVE

Illinois also offered Chancellor junior safety Chris Holmes a scholarship on Monday, Chargers assistant coach Chris Lam said. The Illini previously extended an offer to Chancellor sophomore offensive lineman Steven Moss.

Moss recently earned his eighth FBS offer when Clemson asked him to join its program.

Holmes and Moss are still weighing their options, but two Chancellor players made college decisions this week.

Senior linebacker Quincy Hayes will play for Division II Shepherd (W.Va.) University, Lam said.

Also, senior wide receiver and defensive back Alex Willingham is headed to Division III Denison University in Ohio, where he’ll play defense and return kicks. Willingham will join former Charger Joel Elliott, who plays linebacker for Denison.

PHILLIPS will PLAY TWO

Riverbend senior volleyball and basketball standout Paige Phillips will play both sports for Division II Lincoln (Pa.) University, her mother, Cathy Phillips, said.

Paige, a 6-foot forward, is the younger sister of former Riverbend basketball standout Mike Phillips, who now plays for Howard.

Paige attended Riverbend as a freshman before she spent the next two years at Orange. She returned to Riverbend for her senior season. She had to sit out last volleyball season after foot surgery, but was a four-year letter-winner in hoops.

JM NOMINATIONS ARE DUE

Nominations for the James Monroe sports hall of fame are due by Friday, Yellow Jackets athletic director Rich Serbay said. This will be the third class to be inducted.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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