Forget the “Package Deal”; Relationships Matter

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Last
night, Virginia took a commitment from Norfolk Christian School linebacker Kwontie Moore, a 6-1, 240-pound 4-star recruit that the Hokies wanted, no question. What Moore’s commitment to Virginia will mean in the long run remains to be seen, but it’s one of the more interesting stories of this young 2012 recruiting season.

Moore is one of four Norfolk Christian players who have received Division 1-A offers, an unusually high number of high-level prospects from a private school. NCS has an enrollment of just 776 students across 15 grades (PK-3, PK-4, and K-12), an average of 52 students per grade, and won state championships in football and basketball in the Virginia Independent School (VIS) division.

I don’t know much about NCS, but they are not a recruiting factory. Many small schools operate under some sort of “Christian” moniker, when in
reality, they are basketball recruiting factories with no real emphasis on academics or student life. NCS is not one of those schools.

NCS boasts four rising senior football players who have received Division 1-A offers, making them an unusual focal point for in-state recruiting in 2012. Headlining the list is linebacker Kwontie Moore, already rated a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com and the recipient of scholarship offers from a long list that includes Virginia, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Oregon, UNC and others.

Second most-coveted behind Moore is defensive end Courtnye Wynn (6-5, 242), with offers from Virginia, VT, Notre Dame, Illinois and others. Third is “athlete” Mario Nixon (6-4, 210), with offers from Virginia, VT (I sense a pattern developing here), and NC State.

All three are good recruits, and it’s admittedly early in the process, but Moore appears to be the best of the bunch, earning an early top-five ranking from TSL’s Chris Coleman,

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