While high school seniors all across the country were putting the official touches on their college intentions, Woodberry Forest (VA) junior C.J. Prosise enjoyed 2011 Signing Day for a different reason. On February 2, the 6-2, 190-pound safety/wide receiver prospect received his first scholarship offer.
“I talked to [UVa Head] Coach [Mike] London and the defensive coordinator, Coach Reid. Coach London was mostly talked about how Virginia is rebuilding and how he wants me to be part of the rebuilding,” said Prosise, who spoke with the Cavaliers coaches around noon on Wednesday. “Coach Reid told me about most of the stuff he saw on my film. He said he was excited about it.”
“It feels great,” Prosise said of receiving his first scholarship offer.
Prosise starts at safety and wide receiver and returns punts and kicks for Woodberry head coach Clinton Alexander. A standout junior season included seven interceptions as well as first-team all-state honors at defensive back and kick returner. Prosise also plays varsity basketball and runs track, posting a personal best of 22.2 seconds in the 200 meters.
“C.J. is an amazing athlete,” said Alexander. “C.J. is a special player who attacks the ball in the air. He is deceptively fast because of his long strides.”
Alexander, who ran a 4.59-second 40 at Duke’s camp last summer (and he did it in basketball shoes), believes safety is where he’ll likely play in college. It’s the position he is being recruited to play by Virginia, which also expressed interest in his talents as a return man.
“I think I have an eye for the ball at safety,” Prosise said. “I always have a feel for where the quarterback is going. I guess I have good instincts.”
Learning from former Woodberry Forest star Ed Reynolds, who is now on football scholarship at Stanford, helped Prosise develop on the defensive end.
“He played safety too,” Prosise said, referring to Reynolds. “I copy a lot of the stuff he did. I base most of my game off what he did.”
Attending Woodberry Forest helped the Petersburg (VA) native mature off the football field.
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