Class of ’08 Preview: Deep Run’s Talented Duo

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Deep Run High School’s (Glen Allen, VA) varsity football squad enjoyed a dream season in 2006, attaining feats including a Colonial district title, an undefeated regular season and a (Division 5) Central Region championship. Two of its most talented juniors will return next season in hopes of duplicating, and perhaps adding to, the success.

These juniors – WR/LB Derek Jackson and RB/DB Wes McDaniel – are also Deep Run’s top prospects for the 2008 class.

“Derek has all the physical tools to be a great linebacker and has the athletic ability to be a strong safety as well,” said former Deep Run head coach Lenny Pritchard, who coached the team from 2002-2006. The team went 12-1 in 2006. “Derek is fast for size and closes ground on opponents very quickly.”

Jackson is 6-2 1/2, 210 pounds. He has been hand-timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.55 seconds and has run an electronic time of 4.62 seconds. An excellent all-around athlete, Jackson, a first-team all-district honors at wide receiver and second-team all-district honors at linebacker in 2006, also plays varsity basketball and runs outdoor track.

“When Derek concentrates on just football in college and gets involved in a year round strength and conditioning program, he will have the true size to match his enormous potential and talent,” added Pritchard.

Virginia and Virginia Tech are among the programs showing early interest.

“Derek has been actively recruited and I feel he may be offered this spring,” Pritchard said. “There is nothing yet, but he is very well liked by several schools.”

McDaniel does not possess superior size at only 5-8, 180 pounds, but he certainly is productive. A player with good speed, he has been hand-timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds.

For his junior season performance at running back, McDaniel earned first-team all-district, first-team all-region and first-team all-metro honors.

“Wes is small but has great vision for cutback lanes. In plays that look hopeless, he has the ability to turn them into positive yards,” Pritchard said. “Wes also has fluid open field moves that allow him to gain extra yards and avoid