Highland Springs, which went on a roll in the second half of the regular season to capture the Capital district title, returns a large group of talent for the 2006 football season. And, the Springers roll of producing Division 1A talent will continue into the 2007 class as head coach Scott Burton has two prospects who have already received 1A scholarship offers.
“For sure we’ve got two 1A kids,” Burton said. “They’ve already got several offers already. And there’s probably another five or six kids who could play on some level next year. It just depends on how they finish academically and how they progress football-wise to determine how they will play. But, there are definitely a lot of kids who should continue their careers beyond high school.”
The two 1A kids Burton mentions include Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro cornerback Cris Hill. Both players are about the same size at 5-11 ½, 175 pounds, and both can really run according to their coach.
Cris Hill played slot receiver, cornerback and returned kick-offs for the Springers last season.
“The thing that stands out initially is his speed and the fact that he does everything so effortlessly,” Burton said of Hill. “He’s just very smooth.”
Hill’s best game of the year came in the post-season and actually followed a lackluster performance in Highland Springs’ season-ending, district championship winning victory over Varina.
“I felt like he did not play particularly well against Varina in the season finale,” Burton said. “He knows that and he knows there were a couple plays and a couple instances when he didn’t do what he was supposed to do, so he was kind of upset about that. Then the following week (against Meadowbrook), you had John Graves and Jarrell Miller on the field and I thought Cris was the best player on the field that night. Those are two pretty good players right there. He returned a kick-off for a touchdown and had a couple nice runs on some sweeps we ran to him and had a big catch in a situation where he probably should not have caught the ball. So that was maybe like his coming out party a little bit with all those other good players on the field. Hopefully he’s starting to believe that he can and should be among the elite kids in the state and in the region and maybe even across...
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