Monday marked the end of the nearly two month long dead period where Football Bowl Subdivision coaches are prohibited from watching high school players compete. And with coaches preparing for the April 15-May 31 evaluation period, a gaggle of the area’s most talented juniors participated in Sunday’s Rivals Camp Series at St. John’s College in Northwest D.C., facing off against some of the best players in the region.
Gonzaga junior offensive lineman Richie Petitbon and fellow Class of 2015 recruit defensive back Marcus Lewis earned invitations to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour from June 6-8 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore after their Sunday performances. Petitbon recently verbally committed to Alabama and was very physical in one-on-one competition and nimble on his feet. Lewis, who is transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. in the fall, earned the defensive back MVP award as he played mostly cornerback at the camp and showed great closing speed in coverage.
Dominion linebacker Chad Smith won the MVP award for the linebacker position, and used his strength to jam tight ends and running backs at the line of scrimmage. He also had several pass breakups. Smith earned an invite to the June Rivals camp just a day after his performance. He committed to Clemson last week and expects to enroll in January.
Eleanor Roosevelt 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive lineman Isaiah Prince was the MVP of an offensive linemen group that also featured Friendship Collegiate blue-chip recruit Quarvez Boulware who has a dozen offers.
Bullis 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. earned MVP honors among a strong field general class that featured Gonzaga junior Nick Johns. The 6-foot-2 Haskins was very accurate throwing the football and picked up an offer from Utah earlier this week.
Here are a few other football recruiting notes from around the area:
— ESPN released its latest top 300 juniors list Wednesday and All-Met defensive lineman Tim Settle (Stonewall Jackson) was the highest ranked area player at the No. 10 position. Settle is visiting Oklahoma State this week during his spring break and recently visited Penn State. The Nittany Lions already have a top five 2015 recruiting class that includes All-Met defensive lineman Adam McLean (Quince Orchard), wide receiver Brandon Polk (Briar Woods) and linebacker Kamonte Carter (Gaithersburg), who have all verbally committing to the Big Ten school.
— Hylton offensive lineman All-Met Matt Burrell Jr. was ranked No. 67 and currently holds over 30 offers. Burrell visited Penn State last weekend along with Settle and several commits. McLean was ranked at No. 110, Pettitbon No. 187 and Prince at No. 227.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 7
Number of second-half goals scored by top-ranked Georgetown Prep lacrosse in a gritty win over No. 4 Gonzaga on Wednesday. Deadlocked at 3-3 at halftime, the Little Hoyas kicked their offense into another gear to pull out a 10-7 victory and remain undefeated. Prep’s Charlie Horning scored two goals in the final two minutes to lift his team.
— Northeast softball made it rain meatballs with a four-run fourth inning to get past Anne Arundel County foe Chesapeake 4-0.
— Westfield and Madison combined to score 31 goals in a morning girls’ lacrosse matchup that the Warhawks won 16-15.
— Montgomery County’s last unbeaten team, No. 2 Poolesville, prepared for the 2014 baseball season with 10 scrimmages, meantime Battlefield is 7-0 and has allowed just one run with a talented pitching staff.
— Fairfax boys’ soccer goalkeeper Joe Rice has developed into a cornerstone for the Rebels after a 17-save performance in a 3-1 win over Lee while Briar Woods is poised to make yet another late postseason run.
— Herndon girls’ soccer ended an 11-year Conference 5 losing streak with a 3-2 win over Oakton.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY:
Check out photos from a wild girls’ lacrosse game between Madison and Westfield.
VIDEO OF THE DAY:
Stone Bridge 17-year-old right-handed pitcher JB Bukauskas is rocketing up MLB draft boards with his 100 mph fastball. Bukauskas is draft eligible after completing his academic requirements in three years due to a new MLB rule. Read the story here.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Baseball: No. 1 St. John’s at No. 8 Paul VI, 6 p.m.
When these WCAC foes met March 25, the Cadets shut the Panthers out, 10-0 at Gibbs Field. Since that game Paul VI has won of seven of its last 10 games including an upset over WCAC champ DeMatha. The top-ranked Cadets have lost just one area game this season and currently are first in the WCAC.