March 2, 2007

Down by the beach

Chesapeake, Va. - Rivals.com is headed to the beach, or at least in the area as the first Rivals.com Junior Day in the Virginia Beach area will be held on Saturday. The host of the event will be Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va. and head coach Richard Morgan. And the clear headliner is Rivals100 offensive lineman Vinston Painter.

Painter, a 6-foot-4, 320-pounder is regarded as the best prospect in the Hampton Roads area for the class of 2008. With early offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Penn State, Clemson and numerous others, Painter will be one of the most heavily recruited players on the east coast. The big man ran a 4.87-second shuttle at the NIKE Camp in Clemson, S.C. last spring.

The host school boasts three players with D-1 offers as well. Kerry Boykins, Todd Harrelson and Jamal Wilson will all head to school on Saturday to learn more about the recruiting process. All three are wide receiver prospects with plenty of early interest.

Boykins has an offer from both in-state powers thanks to his combination of size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and speed (4.55-second 40-yard dash). He caught 35 passes for 750 yards and six scores as a junior.

Harrelson, the biggest of the trio at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, also boasts offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech as well as an early scholarship tender from NC State. He caught 32 passes for 710 yards and seven scores on offense and picked off seven passes on defense.

Wilson, the smallest but quickest of the group, has an early offer from Maryland. He caught 30 passes for 690 yards and 13 scores as a junior.

Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside will be well represented as quarterback E.J. Manuel and safety Marquell Thomas are expected to be on hand. Manuel is arguably the state's best quarterback and already has offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland and others. Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 170-pounder, has an early offer from Marshall after registering 10 interceptions as a junior.

Phoebus head coach Billy Dee will be a featured speaker at the event and will be bringing some very talented players. Defensive backs Nathaniel Motley and Reid Evans are expected to be heavily recruited and linebacker Darius McMillan will receive plenty of early offers it seems. Super sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd will also be on hand at the event.

Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem's duo of Kevin Whaley and Lyndell Gibson will also be on hand. Whaley is regarded by some as the best running back in the state of Virginia this year coming off a junior season where he rushed for 1,900 yards and 39 scores. Gibson is a plugger at inside linebacker with his 5-foot-11, 236-pound frame and has already earned offers from Virginia Tech and Duke.

If Whaley isn't the best back in the state, then it is likely Smithfield, Va. running back Dyrell Roberts. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has offers from both Virginia and Virginia Tech following a 1,166-yard, 14 touchdown junior year. He also recorded 10 interceptions on defense.

Defensive tackle Klinton Ruff from Norview, Va. will also be on hand. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder has offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech early.

Stud quarterback Kevin Newsome from Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch will not be on hand due to a track meet. The 6-foot-2, 188-pounder attended our Richmond Junior Day last year and both he and Boyd are regarded as the next great ones under center from Hampton Roads.

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