I.C. Norcom (Portsmouth, VA) just captured the Group AAA state championship in varsity boys basketball. One of the members of the championship squad is Kameron Mack , a 6-5, 200-pound junior. While Mack is a solid basketball player and good athlete, his “bread will be buttered” on the gridiron according to Norcom head football coach Larry Archie.
“Virginia Tech has been down to evaluate him,” Archie said. “Curt Newsome recruits the area. Bryan Stinespring has been down. Coach Beamer has been down. Coach London from UVa has been down. Chip West, who recruits this area now for Virginia, has been down. Kameron is getting a lot of interest. He is getting mail from Oregon and Boston College. N.C. State called about him.”
According to Archie, both Virginia and Virginia Tech have officially offered Mack, who has started at free safety since his freshman year.
“All of the college coaches right now see him at free safety, but I coached college for seventeen or eighteen years and when you have a kid that size you can’t go wrong,” Archie said. “He could end up at tight end or defensive end. His size lends itself to playing multiple positions. Initially, coaches like him at free safety.”
Archie intends on using Mack at wide receiver this upcoming season. He raves, however, about Mack’s talents on the defensive side of the ball.
“The first thing that jumps out at you is that he is an impressive looking athlete,” Archie said. “He is a quiet kid, but he has a real good football IQ. He is seldom out of position. He makes checks in the secondary. He comes up and fill the gaps. He can do it all.
“We were going to play him at wide receiver last year, but he broke his foot at a basketball camp and we weren’t sure how he’d be come football season. He didn’t miss a snap, but we just decided to hold off playing him both ways. This year, he’ll play wide receiver because it enhances the chances of coaches seeing what kind of athlete he is.”
In previous years, Mack has gone straight to varsity basketball and then to AAU basketball before moving back to football in August. This year, he will forego the AAU circuit and intends on devoting his time to preparing for football.
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