As usual, Phoebus boasts a handful of prospects who have garnered Division 1A attention. Leading the way in this year’s class are four players – offensive lineman Maurice Hampton , athlete Dennis Mathis, linebacker/defensive end Landon Givers and fullback/linebacker Haroon Brown. Three of the four have received official offers from 1A programs.
“With this group of seniors and some other guys, I think we’ll be ok,” Phoebus head coach Bill Dee said of next season’s outlook. “All the kids have pretty good speed and athleticism.”
Maurice Hampton is the headliner of the group. He is a big, athletic lineman who plays on both sides of the ball. According to Dee, he has received scholarship offers from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
“Maurice is a big lineman who is probably our number one guy because of his size and he moves real well for a big guy,” Dee said. “He’s 6-4, about 290, and I’ve timed him at a 4.9. You figure if I time him at a 4.9 then he’s a legitimate 5 flat. He’s a 3-year starter for us. He plays offensive guard and he plays defensive tackle. A lot of people are interested in him because of his size.”
Running back/athlete Dennis Mathis, who participates in the 400 and 800-meter events in track as well, rushed for 1,005 yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2005 regular season. Dee feels he has the speed and athleticism to be a factor on the 1A level.
“Dennis Mathis took over at tailback this past year and gained over 1,000 yards,” Dee said. “That was a tough thing to do to come in after Elan [Lewis], but he was all-district running back his first year. He did back up Elan the previous year, so he had some experience and this will be his third year lettering on the varsity. He has good speed. He’s also going to play cornerback and return kicks for us, so he’s going to be a big key. He’s not a real big kid. He’s about 5-9, 180, but I think he can be a productive Division 1 player.”
Mathis has been offered by Akron, Kent State and Marshall. Landon Givers...
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