Linebacker Curtis Grant is without doubt the headliner of Hermitage (Richmond, VA) varsity football’s junior class, but Panthers head coach Patrick Kane boasts other standout talents as well. First-team Times-Dispatch all-metro cornerback Brandon Rogers and second-team all-metro selections Diamonte Bailey and Brendan Riddick are also drawing interest from FBS programs.
Rogers enjoyed a big junior season, totaling seven pass break-ups and six interceptions. The 5-9, 175-pound prospect also racked up 40 tackles including five tackles for loss.
“ Brandon Rogers , Virginia Tech is real high on him,” Kane said. “They want to see him come to one of their one-day camps so they can see him in person. He is not the six foot tall corner some coaches are stuck on, but the kid can really play. For a school like Virginia Tech to rank Brandon highly says a lot because Tech has had a lot of success at that position. Tech’s corners play well.
“This was Brandon’s third year starting at corner. He is physical, a hard hitter. He does a great job in coverage. He is also a clutch player. He had two picks in our first round playoff win this year. He steps up to the challenge.”
Hermitage’s starting signal caller, Brendan Riddick is a good overall athlete who could end up playing other positions on the next level. Boston College, Virginia and William & Mary are expressing the most interest at this point.
“Virginia likes him as an athlete,” Kane said, referring to the 6-0, 180-pound Riddick. “They saw him as a sophomore playing defensive back, so they like him possibly on the defensive side of the ball. He probably is being recruited more on the defensive side. That’s basically what I’m getting from coach [Jeff] Hanson, who is the main recruiter here.”
Riddick attended Virginia’s junior day on February 28. What is the level of Virginia’s interest?
“They have not offered. They are just highly interested,” Kane said.
“Everybody is gathering info. Curtis is a no-brainer, but then there is the next pool. College coaches are waiting to see who else is out there and make sure they evaluate everybody. Riddick falls in this...
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