Oscar Smith High (Chesapeake, VA) is home to two of the most highly recruited rising seniors in quarterback Evan Hailes, prospects that each have at least 20 Division 1 scholarship offers according to head coach Rich Morgan. Sims and Hailes plan to hit the road to make recruiting visits this spring…where do they plan to go?
“Over Spring Break (April 13-17), Evan and Phillip are both going to Alabama,” Morgan said. “As they come back, they’ll be going to a few places. They’ll go to Tennessee and maybe Virginia Tech. Tech has spring practice the week we are off for break. I’ll be speaking at Tech’s clinic. Tentatively, Evan and Phillip are hoping to get to Tech that weekend. Phillip has been talking about going to a spring practice at UVa at some point in time, so Evan might go with him for that.”
Hailes’ recruitment really took off after an impressive performance at the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in January. Several weeks later, Coach Morgan says, offers began to really roll in for the 6-0 1/2, 305-pound all-state standout.
“Evan probably is in the 20s,” Morgan said, referring to the amount of offers Hailes has received. “Off hand, SEC-wise there is LSU, Tennessee and Alabama. ACC-wise, there is Virginia Tech, Boston College and Maryland. He has Big 10 offers from Minnesota and Illinois and some others. He has about 20 offers altogether right now, but it’s still early.”
Coming off a junior season in which he passed for 3,167 yards and 38 touchdowns with only four interceptions in helping Oscar Smith to a Group AAA, Division 6 state championship, Sims, a 3-year starter for the Tigers, has caught the attention of recruiters for quite some time. The 6-2, 205-pound signal caller had a number of verbal offers last spring and has seen that success continue in terms of official offers.
“Phillip’s got more offers than Evan right now because teams are going after that national quarterback,” Morgan said. “He has been offered by pretty much everybody in the SEC and ACC. He has been offered by other schools...
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