VT Stops By FUMA

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Fork Union Military Academy’s (VA) postgraduate football squad has reeled off six straight wins and now looks forward to its season finale this Friday, when the team takes on rival Hargrave Military Academy. Virginia Tech will be one of the schools represented at Hargrave this Friday night, evaluating prospects from both squads.

Head coach Frank Beamer and offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring stopped by FUMA last Thursday and “watched a workout,” Fork Union postgraduate head coach John Shuman said. “Basically, they said that what they want to do is watch them. They didn’t see much last Thursday. That was basically a walk-thru for our Friday game. They didn’t see much then, but they are going to eye four guys.”

Coach Shuman recommended four players to the Tech staff last week, including 6-3, 218-pound wide receiver Ricarlo Bell (formerly of Jeb Stuart H.S. in Falls Church, VA), 6-4, 215-pound defensive end/linebacker Sage Harold (Ocean Lakes H.S., Virginia Beach (VA)), 6-2, 215-pound linebacker Justin Hughes (Ocean Lakes H.S., Va Beach)) and 6-3, 240-pound defensive end Travaughn Pascal (Arundel H.S., Odenton (MD)).

Of Bell, Shuman said, “He looks like the receivers Virginia Tech has there now.”

Shuman says that Paschal made contact with Tech this past summer. Harold, a relative of Ocean Lakes 2012 star DE/WR Eli Harold, has been offered by Marshall, while Hughes has drawn FBS interest as well.

Of Harold, Shuman said, “We’re hoping to get him another offer. Other schools like him on tape and in the weight room, but he has not gotten any additional offers yet.”

These four players were recommended by Shuman and company, but there are other prospects the Tech staff may eye as well. 6-7, 260-pound offensive lineman/long snapper Christian Piazza, one of the standouts on FUMA’s offensive line, may be one.

“Schools have been sniffing around with Christian Piazza. It’s the same situation [current Boston College senior offensive tackle Anthony] Castonzo went through,” Shuman said. “Some schools like Temple and Iowa are in there. We feel he is a good player and I’m confident he can get a decent 1A offer.

“Our linemen are good. That’s why we’ve won six in a row.”

Shuman is very high on this team and the potential of some of his players to be Division 1 contributors. He hopes they can show it against Hargrave, which won the first match-up of the season 27-0.

“I guess people don’t believe how good we