One of the top high school football programs in the East, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) is filled with talent on a yearly basis. With seven jumiors having already received at least one Division 1A offer, head coach Bill McGregor believes his rising senior class may be one of the most highly recruited groups in his accomplished tenure.
“This is probably the most unbelievable year we’ve ever had,” McGregor said.
So far, Virginia Tech has officially offered two from DeMatha’s talented 2010 class.
“One is Lorenzo Waters,” McGregor said. “He played safety for us last year. He is 6-1, 197 pounds. He probably has 10 to 12 offers right now with Virginia Tech being one of them. He is a downhill type of safety. He enjoys contact. He is such a good athlete that we’ll have to play him both ways some next year.”
Waters, a good athlete who also runs track, could line up at a variety of positions on offense including slot receiver, receiver and running back. College coaches seem to prefer his defensive ability, though.
“They like his aggressiveness,” McGregor said. “He makes plays.”
6-1, 190-pound Michael Coley is another top defensive back prospect. Like Waters, Coley also exhibits potential on offense. And like Waters, he has been offered by Virginia Tech.
“Mike started for us at cornerback and also played some receiver,” McGregor said. “He is a very athletic young man. He could play on either side of the ball. He had a really good junior year for us.”
Michigan, New Mexico, Pitt and Virginia Tech are among the programs that have offered the talented duo. Tech is evaluating a third DeMatha defensive back as well in Kyrrel Latimer, a 5-11, 192-pound junior with 4.46-second speed in the 40.
“I’ve had contact with Virginia Tech via e-mail and I’ve talked to my recruiting coordinator from there once or twice on the phone,” said Latimer, a safety, wide receiver and punt returner for DeMatha. “I’m looking to go down there for an unofficial visit and then to go to camp.”
Latimer, who averaged 25 yards per punt return last season, has been compared by Coach McGregor to current Virginia freshman defensive back Rodney McLeod. UVa is showing very serious interest and Maryland and Old Dominion are as well. New Mexico is the only school to officially offer so far.
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