Grafton Boasts Promising Junior Prospects

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Grafton (Yorktown, VA) enjoyed a successful 2011 season, finishing with a 10-4 record that included a Region 1 Division 4 championship. Junior wide receiver/cornerback Marcus Spearman , a 3-year starter and 2-year captain, played a big role this season and will be part of a promising group head coach Jared Van Acker has returning next season.

“Marcus is a unique individual,” said Van Acker, Grafton’s head coach of two years. “He’s an athletic, academic kid, and he’s just an amazing football player.”

The 6-0, 190-pound Spearman, a second-team all-Bay Rivers District selection at defensive back and honorable mention all-state performer in 2011, rarely steps off the field. He primarily plays slot receiver and cornerback, but he is a returner on special teams and did score some action in the rushing game as well.

Spearman had four rushing touchdowns in the Region I Division 4 region championship win over Courtland. He had three picks in a 46-0 regular season win over Tabb.

“Marcus is a workout warrior,” Van Acker said. “He’s an academic warrior. He carries a 4.4 GPA, so he has the academics to go to any school in the country. Education comes first in his family. Schools like Stanford and Vanderbilt are really interested, but at the same time he is a Virginia boy, so Virginia Tech and Virginia are in the mix. I definitely believe he’ll be a major 1A football player. We might have two, with him and Jesse Santiago.”

The state of Virginia standout will match his athletic and gridiron talents with other juniors from around the country next week, when he attends the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio, Texas. Three hundred of the country’s junior prospects are invited to attend the annual event, which coincides with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“That’s a huge honor for him,” Van Acker said. “He’ll get to compete against the best of the best. A lot of coaches want to see him work on his speed. By no means is he slow, but coaches would like to see him work on his speed. He’s doing that. He works with a speed trainer two or three days a week.”

Coach Van Acker mentioned that Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech