Notes on Ocean Lakes’ Junior Class

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After forfeiting its first six games – all wins – due to playing an ineligible player, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA), one of the top teams in the state this season, lost any shot of making the playoffs and potentially a state title. Resilient, the team won its final four games to finish at 4-6, and a talented junior class is already looking forward to next season.

“I know they would like to pick up and get going as soon as possible,” Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott said. “The only way we can be successful is to make the most of the off-season. That’s our motivation. Our junior class is an exciting class. We lose a big playmaker with [senior wide receiver] Justin Hunter, but we’ve got some guys coming back.”

Scott boasts four, maybe five potential D1 athletes in the 2011 class. The top prospect at this point is 6-2, 215-pound quarterback/athlete Lafonte Thoroughgood, who recently picked up his seventh official offer. Thourogood is a cousin of former Dolphins star and current Virginia Tech receiver Marcus Davis.

“Lafonte just picked up N.C. State, so he’s up to seven or so official offers,” Scott said. “He had a really good year. He had about 1,000 yards passing and 10 touchdowns and 800 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. He had a good year. He also has written offers from Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Stanford, UNC and ECU. He is pretty much a no-brainer.”

6-4, 260-pound center Josh Mann, a good player and excellent student, and offensive tackle Chaz Lowery top the list of Ocean Lakes’ 2011 class linemen prospects. Lowery, who is also an excellent student, is drawing interest from Virginia Tech, among others.

“He has a really good chance [of earned FBS scholarship offers],” Scott said.

“Tech really, really likes him. He is 6-5, 260 pounds. He needs to put on a little more weight. He is a starter on the basketball team. He has light feet. Coach Newsome really, really likes him. The Tech coaches have evaluated him and he has been there three times.

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