’09 Preview: Patrick Henry (Ashland)

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Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Virginia, has produced its share of Division 1A talent over the years. Most recently, former Patriots star D.J. Thomas (who is currently at Hargrave) signed with Virginia Tech in February of 2007. For the 2009 class, assistant coach Scott Brown boasts at least two potential Division 1A targets.

Perhaps the best known of the two recruits right now is linebacker Adrian Cavanaugh.

“Adrian Cavanaugh is a hot ticket right now,” Brown said. “He is 5-11, about 215 pounds. He is a 3.8 grade point average kid. He is a ‘yes sir, no sir’ kid. He is a coach’s dream. He and [Patrick Henry head coach Ray] Long sit down and review film all the time. Adrian is a general out there on defense. He plays in the middle for us and he is a sideline to sideline kid.”

Cavanaugh, who unfortunately had to leave last Friday night’s game early due to an injury (his prognosis is not known at this time), also sees time at fullback and tailback on offense. Defense appears to be his best side of the ball right now, however, and college coaches took notice of his sophomore season performance.

“He took a couple of trips this summer,” Brown said. “He went to Clemson and Maryland (camp). Michigan has been trying to get him to come up for a couple of games. The local guys are showing interest. Coach Cav said that they will have signed right many linebackers in the past couple of years but they are going to take a good look at him. Mike Groh from UVa came in back in the spring and took a look at film. He also likes another of our juniors in Jamison Kenney. He said he really wanted to stay in touch with both of them and if they wanted to come to any home games then they could give him a call. UNC also got a look at Adrian’s sophomore film. [Offensive coordinator] John Shoop said they would definitely be all over him. That’s not a surprise because Adrian’s sophomore highlight clips are phenomenal. Syracuse loved him. Those are the main ones right now.”

Coach Brown was hesitant to say which school, if any, may be close to offering an official scholarship. He does expect that offers will come, but he is not sure when it could happen.

“It is so early that I don’t want to say someone is close to offering,” Brown said. “If anybody has mentioned it, it would be Coach Powell out of

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