Of 6-9, 290-pound left tackle Jimmy Bennett , West Potomac (Alexandria, VA) head coach Eric Henderson boasts, “I’ll probably never coach another kid like him again.” Certainly, Bennett is West Potomac’s top 2008 recruit and has received scholarship offers from top 1A programs. But Henderson boasts several other prospects to keep an eye on as well.
“Jimmy is the prize and everybody comes around and sees him,” Henderson said. “The nice part about it is that it opens up possibilities for our tailback, Josh Wells. He rushed for 600 yards last season. He runs track and he has improved his speed. I feel like he could be solid there on the next level. Also, our junior wide receiver may be emerging as a possible top five receiver in Virginia. The Penn State coach asked, ‘who is that kid?’.”
Wells is 5-9, about 180 pounds. In his junior season, he rushed for 1,609 yards and nine touchdowns. He runs track and has posted a 100 meters time of 10.9 seconds. According to Henderson, Wells ran in the 4.4s in the 40-yard dash at the Nike Camp in Baltimore earlier this year. Clemson, Illinois and Vanderbilt have taken notice and have been sending letters. 1-AA programs are extremely interested, but they aren’t sure if Wells will get past the 1A programs.
“He is kind of a tweener kid,” Henderson said of Wells. “He doesn’t have the height a typical Division 1 kid has. He is a solid kid. He’s very fast. He plays bigger than he is. He transferred here between his sophomore and junior years, so he was under the radar. I didn’t know what we had when he transferred here until about halfway through the season. In three games in the later part of the year, he rushed for 600 yards.”
Wells figures to be one of Henderson’s big plays guys, with another being wide receiver Robert Byrd.
“Robert Byrd is probably one of the best athletes in our school,” Henderson said. “He plays basketball. He is a 400-meter sprinter. He does the high jump and the long jump. As far as being a great athlete, he is probably the best I’ve seen. Football-wise, we had a kid last year that caught 60 balls and had a great career. Robert kind of took a back seat to him, but he is now starting to step...
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