Around The State Recruiting Notes

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Virginia Tech will host a Nike Football Training Camp on Saturday. Potential visitors include top targets such as Hermitage (Richmond, VA) linebacker David Watford.

There certainly promises to be a lot of talented players in Blacksburg on Saturday, always a positive for any program (despite the fact that the Tech coaches cannot have contact with recruits on the day of the event). Not only will there be top rising seniors, but top rising juniors and some rising sophomores (as you will read below) as well. TSL will be on hand and will report the prospects we see and the prospects that impress over the weekend.

Now, onto the in-state recruiting notes…

Ocean Lakes High School: Interest Increasing for CB

Without question, Lafonte Thourogood is Ocean Lakes High School’s (Virginia Beach) headliner in terms of FBS recruiting interest in the 2011 class. But interest in another Dolphins rising senior seems to be growing.

Reggie Owens has offers from Duke, Marshall and Miami of Ohio,” Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott said. “Connecticut and UVa are highly interested. Coach West from UVa told me they really want him to come to camp. Virginia Tech just got in. They would really like to see him at one of their one-day camps. People have loved his length. He is every bit of 5-11 or 6-0 at cornerback.”

Owens earned first-team all-Beach district honors last season as a junior. He is being recruited by college coaches as a corner, but his size offers versatility.

“Reggie is a corner, but with his height and length he could potentially move over to safety if corner didn’t work out,” Scott said. “I think college coaches see that and like that about him.”

The 6-2, 215-pound Thourogood boasted double-digit FBS offers prior to the Evaluation period, but Arkansas has come through recently and Florida’s primary recruiter spoke very highly of the quarterback’s talents.

“I was really excited about the comments from the Florida assistant,” Scott said. “He was talking about the Elite 11 Camp and the Florida

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