Group AA, Division 4 state champion in 2008, Broad Run (Ashburn, VA) had the “right combination of players” last season according to its head coach, Mike Burnett. Broad Run returns a talented rising senior class next season, including three prospects with Division 1A potential.
“We had a perfect combination of a great senior class as far as leadership went, but I think our junior class might be more talented,” said Burnett, whose squad defeated Amherst to capture the state title. “We do have a talented junior group. They were able to be the athletes they were and follow the lead of our seniors.”
Headlining Broad Run’s rising senior class are running back Taylor Evans. Flemming and Evans earned second-team all-region honors last season, but it is Peeler with a couple of Division 1A offers currently in hand.
“ T.J. Peeler , a running back, has probably been the busiest so far,” Burnett said. “He has been offered already by Pitt and West Virginia. Adrian Flemming, a wide receiver, has been invited just about everywhere for junior days as well. Mostly his interest comes from the ACC. For whatever reason, T.J. seems to be in the Big East loop right now. Taylor Evans, an offensive lineman, has gotten a lot of interest from Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. UVa is interested, too.”
Part of a dynamic running back duo, Peeler averaged 9.44 yards per carry last season as a junior. If he stays healthy next season, he could put up big-time numbers as the primary returning ball-carrier.
“T.J. is a really interesting one in the sense that he didn’t play very much as a sophomore and as a junior he missed about four games in the middle of the season because of a strained elbow,” Burnett said. “He also shared the backfield with Breon Earl, who was Region II offensive player of the year. Statistically he didn’t put up huge numbers, but he finished with 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns on just 127 carries. Doing the math, he is a pretty scary running back. He has never been to a combine or anything else. Recruiters came through a couple of weeks ago and I showed them film and literally on the spot he had generated an amazing amount of interest. I’ve talked to Virginia and Virginia Tech and their interest has picked up.”
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