In a span of four days this week, North Stafford junior defensive back-receiver Anthony Shegog secured scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia and East Carolina and also has serious nibbles from Maryland and West Virginia.
“I’ll be honest, I was kind of surprised it didn’t happen sooner,” North Stafford Coach Joe Mangano said of the pursuit of the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Shegog, who will not turn 17 until summer. “I was looking around like, why is he not getting offered? His speed on film really jumps out.”
Virginia Tech assistant Bud Foster saw Shegog at school in late January and called back a few days later and said the Hokies were likely to extend an offer. That offer came after Shegog attended junior day in Blacksburg last weekend. Shegog will attend a similar event at Virginia this weekend and Maryland wants him to attend theirs as well.
Most schools project Shegog as a safety but he also could play receiver. For the Wolverines, he’s played some running back, everywhere in the secondary and also linebacker and defensive end. Shegog, the brother of former All-Met Chay Shegog, the leading scorer on the University of North Carolina women’s basketball team, already has achieved a qualifying SAT score.
North Stafford junior receiver-defensive back Brandon Ravenel, like Shegog a first-team all-Virginia AAA Northwest Region pick, attends some of these events with Shegog, including the junior day at Tech, but so far he does not have an offer.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Ravenel, a starting guard on the North Stafford boys’ basketball team that plays in the region semifinals Thursday, plans to attend junior day at Virginia this weekend and Boston College the week after that. He intends to go to James Madison’s in March. Tech coaches want Ravenel to attend a one-day camp there this summer.
Last season Ravenel caught 57 passes for 1,018 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Division 5 semifinalists.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s real frustrating the fact that it’s so close but [offers aren’t] happening,” Ravenel said after the Wolverines’ region quarterfinal basketball win over Potomac on Tuesday. “But I’ve just got to be patient. They’ll come. I’ve just got to wait my turn.”
Tech has recruited Stafford County hard. There are three Brooke Point graduates on the roster — sophomore defensive end J.R. Collins, junior defensive tackle Isaiah Hamlette and freshman receiver E.L. Smiling, a former All-Met. And now the Hokies were first in on Shegog and also have offered Mountain View receiver-defensive back DaeSean Hamilton.
“One thing about Tech I’ve been impressed with,” Mangano said, “is I think they evaluate the tape maybe better than some schools, and they see it probably quicker than some schools and jump those offers quicker than most schools.”