The Norcom Greyhounds (Portsmouth, VA) lose talents such as UVa-bound safety Kameron Mack, defensive lineman LaKendrick Ross and quarterback Jamaal Wright to graduation, but head coach Larry Archie will return some talent as well next season. Headlining the list is junior offensive lineman Marcus Haynes , who is receiving early FBS-level interest.
“UVa, [Virginia] Tech and Temple are in on Marcus Haynes ,” Archie said. No offers have been extended at this point. “He is 6-3, 310 pounds. That guy is a player.”
Haynes has only played organized football for two years. He started at offensive guard in 2010, his first season on the varsity level, and earned first-team all-Eastern district honors for his performance. Norcom entered the season with questions at offensive line, but Haynes turned out to be a big part of the answer.
“He’s very aggressive,” said Archie, who guided the Greyhounds to a 10-2 overall record and a share of the Eastern district title this season. “He has a mean streak in him. He’s nasty. He puts his guy on the ground. You can see that on film. And it was only his first year as a starter, so the sky is the limit.”
Haynes saw some action on defense in goal-line situations, but he primarily played offense.
“He is a good one,” Archie continued. “He can move. He pulls and kicks out. He can do it all. He’s very athletic. Just an impressive kid.”
Offensive Player of the Year Chavelle Atkins is another prospect to watch from Norcom’s 2012 class.
“Chavelle is 6-0, 200 pounds, and he can fly,” Archie said. “He plays tailback and outside linebacker. He has been with us for two years and has been a good player. He is a solid, good player. He can do it all.”
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