Good Counsel (Olney, MD) will take on St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) today at 3 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Virginia fans can tune in for a glimpse of defensive lineman Vincent Croce who is one of 20 high school seniors to commit to UVa. The 6-4, 265-pound Croce projects as a defensive lineman at UVa but may start at linebacker for the Falcons this season.
Other players to watch in the game include St. Xavier senior linebacker Sean Duggan, a 6-4, 215-pound prospect who has narrowed his list of schools to Boston College, Duke, Michigan, Virginia and Wisconsin. Good Counsel senior cornerback Blake Countess and sophomore defensive back/wide receiver Kendall Fuller are on Virginia’s radar as well. Countess has an official offer from the Cavaliers, while Fuller has been verbally offered.
Had a chance to catch both prospects in scrimmage action this week. Harris, a 6-3, 195 pound senior, guides L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA) as the Skyhawks starting quarterback and cornerback. How important is Harris’ to Bird’s success? Well, head coach David Bedwell’s squad lost the only game Harris missed last season. It happened to be the first round of playoffs, as the versatile prospect was out due to a leg injury.
Harris returned to the field on Thursday, when Bird faced off against Westfield and Dinwiddie in preseason scrimmages. The star senior didn’t do anything spectacular, but he is unquestionably the leader of the Skyhawks. He plays with poise and determination and I expect he’ll lead his team to another quality season.
Brown and St. Christopher’s (Richmond, VA) scrimmaged against J.R. Tucker (Richmond, VA) on Friday night. Brown, every bit of 6-4, 225 pounds, lined up at defensive end and tight end. A terrific athlete, Brown’s speed was evident on two plays in particular. On defense, he tracked down a J.R. Tucker runner from clear across the field, preventing a touchdown on what must have been a 30-yard run. On offense, Brown hauled in a short pass and got in the open field, covering about 15 yards in a hurry before being pushed out of bounds.
Both Harris, who will likely be a defensive back in college, and Brown, who could play defensive end or tight end in college, look like good gets for the Hoos. Stay tuned for more on the EDGE later this week.
Other FB recruiting notes
L.C. Bird junior linebacker Deion Clarke is a prospect to keep an eye on. The 6-2, 205-pound prospect was all over the field on Thursday, making big plays in both the Westfield and Dinwiddie contests. He can add weight, but the playmaking ability is evident. … According to this report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, UVa appears out of the running for Eagles Landing Christian Academy (GA) star senior DB Avery Walls.
On the basketball recruiting front, both of the University of Virginia’s 2011 commitments made Scout.com’s updated 2011 Top 100. 6-5, 205-pound Greater Atlanta Christian (Atlanta, GA) shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon comes in at #87 while Merrill (WI) wing forward Paul Jesperson is right behind his future teammate at #88.