Friendship Collegiate junior Quarvez Boulware carried a camera around his neck during the Knights’ Signing Day ceremony last week, adjusting the lens to take photos of the players on the stage. He regularly shoots events at the school as part of a new media class at the charter school – and plans to pursue digital arts or computer science in college – but this event was unique. It was a chance to see his teammates in a different light, and an opportunity to get an up-close look at the type of attention he will be receiving next year.
Boulware will be on the other side during National Signing Day 2015, when he’s likely to be one of the area’s most lauded signees. His recruitment has gained traction in the past month, as the offensive guard has picked up offers from Auburn, Iowa, Mississippi State and Syracuse, adding to a growing list that already includes Florida State and Maryland.
“I didn’t really expect the offers to come in so fast [the past month],” Boulware said.
The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Boulware was an honorable mention All-Met as a junior, helping fortify a Friendship running attack that was among the best in the District. And although the Knights will lose senior running backs Jonathan Haden and Kelvit Barrett, the offense will once again lean heavily on Boulware and sophomore Richard Meritt, one of the area’s rising stars at offensive tackle.
Boulware traveled to the Under Armour All-America Game with Quince Orchard junior Adam McLean, who has picked up his own recruiting steam in recent weeks. Boulware took part and did well in the underclassmen portion of the event, then took in the game. He hopes to become the fifth Friendship player in four years to earn an invite to the game next fall.
“That was just an honor to see,” Boulware said of the game.
Boulware should have a decision made on his college future sometime during the late summer, he said, and more offers are expected to roll in. He hasn’t whittled down his list, although he has prioritized upcoming visits to Wake Forest, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina “sometime soon.” He said in October that Florida State and Maryland were two of his top schools, but admitted this week that the race is wide open.
“My only goal is to get better, and get better at my position,” Boulware said.
Highlights of Boulware’s junior season can be seen here.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 675
The number of dollars raised as of Thursday night by a fundraiser set up by the Langley hockey team, in response to the school losing two students to apparent suicides last week.
– Heavy snow continued to pummel the Washington region on Thursday, causing a widespread number of cancellations. Here’s a complete list of events that have been postponed.
– Thursday’s snowfall didn’t stop some area athletes from continuing their training regimens.
– Briar Woods receiver Brandon Polk is regarded as one of the top players in the state of Virginia, and is eyeing a healthy return to the gridiron in 2014.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
In case you missed it, here is a video feature of Georgetown Day wrestler Julia Ernst – who is thriving as one of the few female grapplers in the area. Here’s Tom Schad’s story.