Next season, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) returns 16 starters from a team that went 10-2 in 2006. Of the 16 starters returning for next season, Tigers head coach Richard Morgan says three juniors should receive Division 1 offers. In fact, two of them already have.
6-0, 200-pound wide receiver/strong safety Jamal Wilson.
“Kerry is a great all-around athlete. He could play linebacker or safety in college. He is pretty well put together. I think most schools like him at wide receiver because he’s such a playmaker on offense.
“Todd has real long arms. He is a great defensive back because not a lot of defensive backs have his size and 4.5 speed. He has a lot of gifts as far as being a defensive back goes. He could also be a wide receiver in college. Whichever side of the ball he plays on the next level, he’ll be fine.
“Jamal has the best open field moves of any of our players. We line him up all over. We look for ways to get him the ball. He is electric with the ball in his hands.”
All three players performed extremely well in their respective junior seasons in 2006. An all-district, all-region, all-Tidewater and all-state performer, Boykins finished the year with 37 receptions for 760 yards and five touchdowns on offense. On special teams, he had five kick or punt returns of over 60 yards.
A first-team all-district and first-team all-Tidewater performer at defensive back, Harrelson had seven interceptions and 24 pass break-ups on the year. On offense, he had tallied 32 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns.
A versatile performer, Wilson had over 1,000 yards of total offense and led the team in scoring with 14 touchdowns. He returned two kick-offs for touchdowns.
“I’ve gotten about two dozen calls for film requests here in the past few weeks,” Morgan said. “Virginia has offered Todd and Kerry already. Both of them already have decent grades, which helped there. Mike Groh wants both as wide receivers on offense, although I’m not sure what the defensive coaches are thinking. I’ve sent out film to everybody....
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