Shuman High On Potential Of VT Recruits

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Fork Union Military Academy postgraduate head coach John Shuman describes Virginia Tech-bound wide receiver Robert Lockhart as “explosive.” Lockhart, who signed with the Hokies out of West Boca Raton High School (Boca Raton, FL) last February, helped the FUMA postgrads to a 7-1 overall record that included two wins over in-state rival Hargrave Military Academy.

The standout receiver had a 52-yard touchdown reception in FUMA’s 37-9 win over Hargrave on November 4. The previous game, a 25-19 victory over Gray Military Academy, he had a 40-yard touchdown catch.

“He is explosive, has good hands, makes everything look really easy,” Shuman said of Lockhart. “We should’ve played him both ways but kept him only at receiver. He probably made the most explosive plays for us this year. He could outrun the defense. He could catch it and go.”

Shuman continued the high praise for Lockhart, who he compared to former Fork Union and Clemson star Jacoby Ford. Ford is now a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders.

“He’s taller than Jacoby Ford. He’s got the explosiveness of Jacoby Ford. He has got that Florida explosiveness,” Shuman said. “He can run the 40 in sub 4.5. He’s not a sub 4.4 guy like Jacoby, but he would be 4.42 or so guy.”

Lockhart fell short of qualifying out of high school, which is why he enrolled at Fork Union. He plans on enrolling at Tech this coming January, and according to Shuman he is on track to do so.

“He needs to finish the term and get one more grade,” Shuman said.

Former Dinwiddie (VA) star Chris Hall also entered Fork Union in August, but he is now at home, rehabbing an injured knee. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus suffered early on in the year.

“He actually stayed at home,” Shuman said of the 6’4″, 240-pound Hall. “But we like him. He’s explosive. The knee injury, I felt if he came back and marched a lot and did all the things he has to do here, I thought it might erode some. So he decided to stay home to rehab it.”

Hall signed with Tech last February knowing he would gray-shirt. January of 2012 enrollment remains a possibility, Shuman says, but Hall still has to make