Ocean Lakes’ Talented Tandem

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By now, high school football fans in the state of Virginia should already know quite a bit about 6-4, 180-pound rising senior wide receiver Justin Hunter . One of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2010 class, the Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) star has accumulated official scholarship offers from programs throughout the nation. The player passing the ball to Hunter is gaining recognition as well and could also be high on Division 1A wish lists should he continue to progress.

The latter player in question is Lafonte Thoroughgood, a 6-2, 206-pound rising junior. Thoroughgood started at quarterback all season in 2008, leading the Dolphins to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the Group AAA, Division 6 Eastern Region final against Oscar Smith.

“During the season, it felt like we were playing forever,” recalled Thoroughgood, who has ability as a passer and a runner. “We never had a break and we got better and better. And the playoffs helped us a lot. We’re looking forward to going to the playoffs again next year.”

The Dolphins played the Tigers tough in that regional final, falling to the eventual state champs by just seven points. The game served as a confidence boost for Thoroughgood, who completed 11 of 23 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns in the 28-21 loss.

“It helped my confidence a lot,” Thoroughgood said of the regional final. “In the beginning of the game, when they started scoring all the points, I was wondering what we could do. I just had to calm down and go on to the next play. That worked in helping us score some points.”

West Virginia was impressed enough with Thoroughgood’s sophomore season to extend a verbal offer. High school prospects aren’t allowed to receive official offers until the beginning of their junior year.

“I talked to [WVU] Coach [Chris] Beatty. He said in September they are going to offer me a scholarship,” Thoroughgood said. “I’m looking forward to my first one.”

The Mountaineers aren’t the only interested program.

“Virginia Tech didn’t tell