Around The State Recruiting Updates

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Checking around the state of Virginia, Colonial Forge (Stafford), Manchester (Midlothian) and Osbourn (Manassas) all feature FBS prospects in the 2011 class. We’ll begin our updates with Colonial Forge, which is guided by longtime Virginia high school head coach Bill Brown. Coach Brown, whose coaching stints have included Hylton and Potomac, reports that two of his juniors have earned FBS scholarship offers.

Brown’s top junior class prospects are tight end Eric Frohnapfel, cornerback/athlete Tim Scott, quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and offensive lineman Nick Easter.

“All of these kids are drawing a great deal of interest,” said Brown, who coached former Virginia linebacker and current San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ahmad Brooks at Hylton.

6-6 1/2, 210-pound Eric Frohnapfel has earned an offer from West Virginia and is drawing interest from Duke, Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech. An AP Group AAA first-team all-state selection at tight end, Frohnapfel caught 30 passes for 736 yards and 10 scores last season as a junior.

“Eric is 6-6 1/2 and we play him at tight end but flex him out to receiver. He plays either out wide or in tight,” Brown said. “He has great speed and athleticism. With his height, it’s difficult for defensive backs to go against him. Eric had over 700 yards receiving, which is pretty good at the tight end spot. We only threw the ball 25 percent of the time. We have a strong running game. We averaged 42 points a game. Blake is an excellent passer, but if the other team wasn’t stopping the run we wouldn’t change too much.

“With Eric and Blake, both carry a 4.0 GPA. Both have great work ethic. They run well and are athletic. The only thing in question is thickness, but they are strong kids because they work hard in the weight room. The thickness will come.”

Coach Brown believes that Blake has FBS potential at the quarterback position.

“I’ve heard some comments that he might play a different position in college. This is my thirty-fourth year doing this. I had a quarterback (BJ Hawkins) sign with Notre Dame. I’ve been around some good ones and this kid is a good one,” Brown said of the 6-5 signal caller. “He can run the ball. He does run the option. He’s more of a drop-back kid, but he does make you miss. He scrambles and makes plays. He broke his