Linebacker Christian Norton, linebacker Max Sarmento and running back Dallas Simmons highlight Deep Run’s (Glen Allen, VA) junior class, which will look to return the Wildcats to the playoffs in 2010. Head coach Greg Kendall discussed his top 2011 class prospects, beginning with a player who surprised this season.
“I think we’ve got several guys that will be recruited,” Kendall said. “I know Christian Norton is one of them. I think Dallas Simmons will get interest. We hope to keep him healthy to get four years of work out of him. Max Sarmento is somebody who has really come on and I think will be able to play on the next level.”
Displaying toughness and heart, the 6-2, 215-pound Sarmento performed well throughout the year.
“Max is an interior linebacker for us. He also played guard for the last two-thirds of the season,” Kendall said. “He is new to the scene so he does not have a lot of interest, but I know after college coaches come through there will be interest. He is just tenacious. He plays to the whistle every play. He goes out with 100-percent effort all the time. He is a tough kid.”
Christian Norton, a 6-3, 210-pound prospect, may be getting the most college interest at this point. Have any offers been extended?
“He has not received any offers,” Kendall said of Norton, who has attended Virginia Tech’s camp each of the past two seasons. “He was very impressive at the U of R camp and they continue to have good things to say. I think he would really fit in well at that level. As things grow, I don’t know what the feeling is from other coaches, but I think he is a good player.”
Kendall added, “To me, it comes down to how big [Norton] gets. For high school, he is everything you’d want. It comes down to how much he grows. He seems to get bigger each day, but I don’t know how big he’ll be by the time those major offers go out.”
Simmons has attended University of Virginia home football games this fall and has also been to Virginia Tech’s camp according to Kendall. He has been a productive player for several years, including on last year’s 9-1 squad, though this season he was slowed by an injury.
“Dallas is a real explosive kid,” Kendall said. “We didn’t see the best of him this year because an ankle injury hampered him from the Hermitage game on, but he has good vision and he is a bigger threat between the tackles than people realize....
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