FBS Coaches Interested In TC Williams DE

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For good reason, Jay Whitmire has drawn the major share of attention in T.C. Williams’ (Alexandria, VA) 2011 football class. Head coach Dennis Randolph has another junior to keep an eye on, though, and the player is Joe Massaquoi , a 6-4, 230-pound defensive end prospect.

“The coaches that have come around have seen Joe,” Randolph said. “He is a 6-4, 230-pound defensive end that can run. Coach Wannstedt from Pitt, Coach London from UVa, Coach Foster from Virginia Tech, Butch Davis from North Carolina…they’ve all seen him. Joe has opened some eyes. He doesn’t have any offers yet, but there is interest.”

Like Whitmire, Massaquoi also plays basketball and lacrosse. He played AAU basketball last year and didn’t focus back on football until last July. As the 2009 season went on, Massaquoi was able to flash some of the talent that now has college coaches intrigued.

“Finally, he started coming to football workouts last July,” Randolph recalled. “Once football started, it took him until game two or three to start coming around. He started really coming off the ball and getting after the quarterback. He had a fairly good early junior year, but he did better as the season went on.”

Expect a busy spring and summer from Massaquoi, who plans to hit a number of one-day camps and perform in 7-on-7 tournaments.

“Joe has been down to visit UVa, Maryland and William & Mary,” Randolph said. “He’s going to go to Duke’s camp. He has to go and show people what he can do. He’ll go to many one-day camps. I’m going to play him at tight end when we go to 7-on-7 tournaments. What I want colleges to see is how athletic he is and how well he can run.”

The Latest On Jay Whitmire

6-7, 290-pound junior Jay Whitmire is up to around 20 scholarship offers, including recent ones from Cincinnati and Notre Dame. Boston College, Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia and West Virginia are some of the other schools to offer as well.

The athletic offensive tackle/defensive lineman visited Virginia last month, went to Pitt last Tuesday and plans to visit