Head coach Scott Burton calls his 2008 class one of the “deepest” classes he has had at Highland Springs High School. Coach Burton boasts as many as five potential Division 1A prospects, including WR Harry Lee Daniel, DL Antoine Hopkins, QB Matthew Hurdle, WR/ATH Deon Miller and TE Rod Wheeler.
Who Burton believes may be his top prospect may come as a surprise. It is not lefty signal caller Matt Hurdle or former all-metro selection Hopkins. Intead, it’s Deon Miller.
“Deon is probably the top recruit we have because of his upside,” Burton said. “We measured him about three weeks ago. With his shoes on, he was 6’7″, about 195 pounds. He is 12 or 13 pounds heavier than he was in the season. The light bulb has really gone on for him. He was always a good kid, but he was shy and bashful and somewhat shy in terms of confidence. Now, he’s proud of what he’s becoming. Athletically, he is extremely gifted. He is always balanced and never outside the framework of his body. He is extremely balanced. I think coaches are going to be really, really impressed with him if he continues to do the right things.”
Miller is a big, fast and smooth target at the wide receiver position. His athleticism is evident, especially to the college coaches who stopped by Highland Springs last May.
“Coaches came in to see Cris [Hill] and C.J. [Fleming] last May and they all left asking about Deon,” Burton said.
Miller does not have any scholarship offers at this point, but Burton feels the sky is the limit.
Only one of the five prospects mentioned here has an offer at this time, and that is defensive end Antoine Hopkins. In his sophomore season in 2005, Hopkins tallied 66 tackles including 15 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks. He earned Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro honors for his performance.
Hopkins did not dazzle in terms of stats this past season, but Burton was pleased with his progress and is pleased with his progress this off-season as well.
“Antoine is working hard than he has ever worked,” Burton said. “He has always been a guy who is very gifted, but sometimes it’s hard to convince guys that just because they are the most gifted on our team that they need to...
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