The wait is finally over. National Signing Day is here, the 24-hour cycle when top football recruits make some happy and break the hearts of many others, all simply by tugging a hat on their head.
But before we saturate the blogosphere with news from this year’s festivities, let’s take a look at one of the top players from next year’s class.
Trace McSorley has been grabbing people’s attention since his freshman year, when he stepped in at quarterback to help lead Briar Woods to the first of what now stands as three straight Virginia AA Division 4 championships.
Naturally, recruiters are starting to take notice. The junior earned offers from North Carolina, UNC-Charlotte and Virginia Tech in the past few days, bolstering a list that also includes Boston College and U-Mass.
McSorley said that UNC and Virginia Tech offered him as an athlete for the time being since they have yet to see him throw in person. Chances are both programs will be impressed with McSorley’s arm, which produced 2,548 passing yards and 33 touchdowns during the Falcons’ undefeated run to the title.
Where the athlete part comes in is with McSorley’s mobility. The junior rushed for 709 yards and nine touchdowns last season and was also a key contributor in his first season as a starting defensive back.
This dual-threat ability fits both the Hokies and Tar Heels’ systems and is likely to draw more interest within the next year (The Hokies also offered sophomore DB/WR Brandon Polk recently, according to Falcons Coach Charlie Pierce).
In the meantime, McSorley will look on proudly as Matt Rolin (Florida) and Cam Serigne (Wake Forest) make their college commitments official Wednesday at Briar Woods. And for him, it’s not only a cause for celebration but also a reason for motivation.
“Getting to see those guys accomplish that will definitely be a motivator to keep working and pushing hard to get to that level,” said McSorley, who earned all-state offensive player of the year honors in the fall. “It’s cool to see Briar Woods players move on to do great things at the college level and it reminds me of what it takes to get there myself.”
Need proof? When I called McSorley around 7 p.m. last night, he wasn’t playing video games or lounging around. He was finishing up a workout. That speaks to his dedication and drive, especially for someone who has known nothing but success during his high school career.
Check back in this space later today to see which other 2014 recruits to watch out for from the area.
Of course, there was still basketball to be played on the eve of National Signing Day.
• Gonzaga strengthened its hold on the area’s No. 1 ranking by downing No. 5 O’Connell, 66-57, at American University’s Bender Arena. Kris Jenkins, who is living up to his Twitter handle of @BigTicket2, had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Melo Trimble shone for O’Connell in the loss, scoring 23 points on skills that remind me some of San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker. Check out the game story for more details and a photo gallery here.
• Charles Porter continued his impressive senior campaign by scoring 29 points in Quince Orchard’s 64-46 win against Churchill. The 5-foot-11 guard, who leads his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals, had 15 in the third to open up the rout. Click here to read more in Eric Detweiler’s story.
• Lake Braddock’s Natalie Butler had another montster game (29 points, 24 rebounds, seven blocks) and the Bruins needed every bit of it to hold off T.C. Williams in overtime. Preston Williams has more in his game story.
The year Good Counsel last beat DeMatha in boys’ basketball. The Falcons snapped this four-year, six-game losing streak with a 65-64 victory on Tuesday. Andrew Calomeris and Byron Hawkins had 16 points each for Good Counsel.
Check out Branden Roth’s video from Tuesday’s WCAC matchup between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 5 O’Connell. The Eagles pulled away for a 66-57 win to remain undefeated in conference play.
Senior nights are being celebrated across most basketball gyms during the next two weeks. Loudoun Valley got pretty creative with its celebration on Tuesday.
— Here’s a rundown of the area’s top players to watch going into National Signing Day.
— Check our Recruit Watch database for a complete list of commitments, signings and offers for players in football and other sports.
— Motivated by the mantra “if you ball, they will call,” Avalon seniors Rachid Ibrahim and Jacquille Veii have emerged from a high school with few football roots to become highly touted Division I recruits.
While Ibrahim is expected to sign with Pittsburgh, tune in to DMVStream.com at 11 a.m. to find out which school Veii chooses among Iowa, Nebraska and Maryland.
— Take a few minutes to read this incredibly written piece by my man Alex Prewitt on Jamar Board, a local hoops legend who died of an apparent suicide in December.
First place in the AA Dullest District standings will be on the line in this matchup. Loudoun Valley won comfortably in the first meeting but Potomac Falls is currently riding a 12-game win streak.