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High school notebook: Interest in Chargers’ Burrell grows
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Chancellor sophomore left tackle Matt Burrell recently picked up his second Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer.
Clemson joined North Carolina recently in an effort to secure the services of Burrell, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 265 pounds.
Chancellor assistant coach Chris Lam said more offers are sure to come Burrell’s way. But his father said the Tar Heels and Tigers may have gained an advantage with their early overtures.
“The sooner, the better,” Matt Burrell Sr. said. “It just makes him a little more confident that the schools are showing confidence in him. But he’ll definitely look at more details to help his decision-making because he’s only a sophomore.”
The younger Burrell was a first-team all-Battlefield District selection this past season. He was second-team All-Area.
His father said it’s been beneficial to him that Chancellor junior right tackle Steven Moss is also going through the recruiting process.
Moss has 14 FBS scholarship offers, including Clemson and North Carolina.
Burrell Sr. said Moss has taken his son “under his wing.”
“Steven’s shown him how to lift, how to work, how to prepare,” Burrell Sr. said. “Steven works hard and plays hard. He’s definitely an example of the steps Matt needs to take for his sophomore year. We couldn’t ask for a better example.”
Burrell Sr. said his son is now focusing on academics so that he “makes sure he’s going to qualify for any offer that he receives.”
The younger Burrell has taken unofficial visits to N.C. State and Virginia, but hasn’t established a schedule of visits for the upcoming summer. His father doesn’t envision him making a decision any time soon.
COACHES HONOR STANDOUTS
The Virginia High School Coaches Association voted on its all-state team earlier this week and several Fredericksburg-area standouts were recognized.
Group AAA coaches selected North Stafford senior Brandon Ravenel to the first-team as a wide receiver and kick returner. He was named second-team as a punt returner.
“It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving kid,” Wolverines coach Joe Mangano said.
North Stafford senior defensive back Anthony Shegog and Massaponax junior defensive lineman Vinny Mihota were also first-team selections.
Mountain View senior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, North Stafford kicker Joey Slye and Wolverines’ offensive lineman Justin Field were second-team choices.
Group AA coaches chose Chancellor’s Moss, Chargers’ senior running back Dominic Kaopua and James Monroe senior linebacker Tony Scott for first-team honors.
Chancellor center Brandon Gallahan, JM kicker David Dit, JM defensive tackle Kyle Washington, King George defensive end Jacob Baker and Chancellor defensive back Raymond Buckner were second-team selections.
Also, King George quarterback Corey Henderson, Chancellor linebacker Ethan Upperco, JM wide receiver She’Mar Ellis, Chancellor defensive lineman Sammie Harper and Courtland defensive back Chris Carpenter earned honorable-mention recognition.
HOKIE MAKING THE ROUNDS
When Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster attended North Stafford’s basketball game against Mountain View on Tuesday, it wasn’t because he was concerned about the firmness of Shegog’s oral commitment to the Hokies.
Shegog has been committed to Virginia Tech since March 2012. Mangano said Foster had planned for weeks to watch Shegog play basketball and to spend time with his family.
“He just wanted to make himself visible, kind of reassure them, check out the basketball game, a seal-the-deal type of thing,” Mangano said. “He was seeing other guys in the area, too.”
Mangano said Foster is expected to visit the school again shortly before National Signing Day on Feb. 6. The Hokies also have an oral commitment from Mihota.
ON THE RADAR
North Stafford senior tight end/h-back Darnell Parker has set up official visits to Howard University, Norfolk State and St. Augustine’s.
Mangano said Parker (6 foot, 235 pounds) was a valuable part of the Wolverines’ run to Commonwealth District and Northwest Region, Division 5 titles.
“He’s a pretty thick, athletic kid, who runs well for his size,” Mangano said. “He’s one of those guys that maybe got a bit overshadowed.”
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