Friday, February 01, 2013

Recruiting updates

Doug Doughty

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From the start of the season, Virginia and Virginia Tech have been listed by rivals.com among the 14 Football Bowl Subdivision teams that have made scholarship offers to Michael Parker, a defensive back from Kettle Run High School in Fairfax County.

Column contributor Mark Meeks passed along an item today that said Parker will be visiting Arizona State this weekend and that he’s the Sun Devils' to lose, which means he probably won’t be going to Tech or UVa.

Chances are, the Cavaliers and Hokies wouldn’t know where to find him anyway.

Parker was kicked off the Kettle Run team after the fifth game of the season and, as best as I can determine, has surfaced to the west at Fauquier County High School.

From what I understand, Parker, at 6-foot-3 and 196 pounds, passed the “eye test” that would have made him a Division I-A prospect. But, whether he ever had double-digit offers, with suitors said to include Ohio State and Tennessee, is open to conjecture.

At the end of the 2011 season, Parker was rated the No. 9 junior in the state by The Roanoke Times. In the Top 25 “package” that followed the 2012 season, Parker was 36th.

Only Demetri McGill, a defensive lineman from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, is rated higher among uncommitted players. However, McGill, who is rated 26th, was committed to Maryland at the time the rankings were done.

The Terrapins withdrew the offer around the time that first-semester grades became available, but McGill is visiting other schools, including hometown Old Dominion. He also has been linked with North Carolina, East Carolina and Temple.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Zach Goins (6-5, 265) from Manchester High School was 23rd on The Roanoke Times' top 25 juniors list in 2011 and is the younger brother of Virginia Tech offensive lineman Jake Goins, a 6-5, 295-pound redshirt freshman who did not see action for the Hokies this past season.

Returning to this year’s list, I’m thinking that the next FBS signing from Virginia could be Chasz Wright, a 6-7, 294-pound offensive lineman from Hylton High School in Woodbridge.

Rivals.com is listing Wright as visiting Connecticut this weekend and the Huskies would appear to be his leader, although he was said at one point to have offers from Penn State, N.C. State and ODU.

Wright is rated 49th among 2012 seniors by The Roanoke Times. The No. 42 prospect on that list, defensive back Brian Brown from Hermitage in Richmond, has committed to Richmond.

OTHER GOINGS ON involve 39th-ranked Chris Burton, a tight end from George Washington (Danville) who committed to North Carolina State under former Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien, but visited Cincinnati last weekend. He was in Raleigh, N.C., one week earlier.

And this just broke on Eric Kolenich’s blog for The Richmond Times-Dispatch: Henrico defensive end Sharif Finch (6-4, 209) has committed to Temple. Finch, rated the No. 58 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times.

Kolenich reports that Temple also has an offer out to L.C. Bird running back Paul Robertson, the Richmond metro offensive player of the year and a Roanoke Times top 50 selection.

Other commitments reported by Kolenich include All-Metro tight end Chad Jacob from Atlee to VMI and 6-4, 295-pound all-metro offensive lineman Kris Wilson from Varina to Liberty.

Virginian-Pilot bulldog Harry Minium reports that Old Dominion, headed to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014, reported that junior college recruits entering at mid-year have swelled ODU’s commitment list to 33.

The Washington Post reports that all-metro offensive lineman Kyle Downer from Oakton will be signing with Albany, an FCS program. Downer was 73rd on The Roanoke Times’ list.

The Post also reported that Hylton High School linebacker E.J. Levenberry, rated the No. 6 junior in Virginia by The Roanoke Times, will be visiting Tennessee this weekend after committing to Florida State in the spring.

WHILE UVA CONTINUES to recruit George Adeosun, a late-blooming 6-6, 294-pound offensive lineman from Alpharetta, Ga., Virginia Tech is entertaining walk-on place-kicking candidate Mitchell Ludwig from Abingdon.

Adeosun reopened his recruiting after an early commitment to William and Mary and will visit Arizona State this weekend after visits to Virginia and Oklahoma.

Perhaps, he can provide an update on Parker.

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