Norfolk Combine News and Notes

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Clover Hill High School (Midlothian) made the trek all the way from Richmond to Lake Taylor High School for the Norfolk combine, and the trip was definitely worth it for offensive line prospect Blake DeChristopher.

In front of coaches from Louisville, North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia (Mike London) and Virginia Tech (Curt Newsome and Bryan Stinespring), the 6-5, 290-pound DeChristopher performed very well in his combine performance. He benched 185 pounds 28 times (only two shy of his personal best) and, according to Clover Hill head coach Sean O’Hare, posted consecutive 5.0 forty times. He looked pretty athletic while running those 40s.

Things started to pick up before the combine and will likely continue to pick up in the coming weeks.

“After the Virginia Tech offer, Maryland verbally offered and said the official offer was in the mail,” O’Hare said. “Virginia also said they were throwing their hat in the ring. Today, coaches have pretty much been throwing cards at me (laughs).”

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for another update on DeChristopher, who stated previously that he would like to wait to make a decision if he can.


One prospect whose stock has already risen, and risen significantly, is Kempsville (Virginia Beach) wide receiver Mordecai “Jay” Smith. The 6-2, 195-pound receiver was in attendance along with his father, Mordecai, Sr. Mordecai Sr. told me that his son is now up to 22 official offers with verbal offers from schools including Notre Dame and Texas as well.

Mordecai Sr. told me that he and his son plan to visit Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee this summer with more plans likely. Jay has written offers from all of the above programs except for Miami.

In terms of Virginia and Virginia Tech, Mordecai Sr. told me that “both in-state schools are still in the mix.” That especially includes UVa, as Jay and his father toured around the campus last weekend following a track meet in Charlottesville. Mordecai Sr. also has noticed the commitment of West Springfield quarterback Peter Lalich.

Right now, N.C. State continues to be a strong force and is likely the team to beat here. Jay continues to be open to other schools, however, and will likely make more unofficial visits throughout the spring or summer. Tennessee and Georgia could be out-of-state schools to watch if Jay does not select N.C.

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