Varina’s 2007 class was exceptional, as five Blue Devils signed letters of intent with Division 1A programs. The 2008 class will not be as fruitful, but there is one player who could end up signing with a 1A program. He is Justin Thorpe , a 6-0, 195-pound athlete who already has two 1A offers to go along with a number of 1-AA offers.
Varina offensive coordinator Blanda Wolfe took some time to discuss Thorpe’s recruitment.
“So far, he has been offered by Duke, JMU, Richmond, Eastern Michigan and Liberty,” Wolfe said. “All of the bigger schools want to see him play this season. A lot of them are confused and don’t know exactly where to play him. They need to figure out if he is a receiver, running back or defensive back. He just hasn’t played much defensive back for us, but we will use him in some situations this season. Hopefully that will help him.”
Virginia and Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiters Mike Groh and Jim Cavanaugh, respectively, are two of the 1A programs expressing serious interest (Boston College and Rutgers are a few others). Neither has offered yet, but both figure to follow Thorpe’s senior season closely.
“Both are still talking to him,” Wolfe said. “I think he is on both of their lists. I’m not sure how far down he is, but I think they are going to keep an eye on him and see how things go. He knows they have both offered good kids and he might just be a little further down on the list. He is looking to prove himself.”
With so much talent on last year’s squad, Thorpe may be able to stand out more in his senior season. He will resume his post as starting quarterback. As a junior last season, he threw for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“Last year, he was surrounded by so much talent on our team,” Wolfe said. “This year, he is going to mean a lot more to our team and he will get more exposure.”
Thorpe has attended one-day camps at James Madison, Richmond and Virginia Tech. He also attended team camp at N.C. State. A decision is not expected any time soon.
“I think it’ll be at the end of the season,” Wolfe said of a decision. “He is keeping everything open. He has already qualified and has good grades, so he doesn’t have to worry about that. He is a good student and he...
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