CHECKING IN ON HIGHLAND SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL
Highland Springs (VA) typically boasts one of the most talented varsity football squads in the Central Region. This coming season will be no different, though head coach Loren Johnson will have to rely on quite a few younger players if he wants to capture a Capital District title. Coach Johnson is especially excited about his rising sophomore class, which he feels could include major college prospects.
5’7″, 150-pound running back Marcus Taylor, 6’2″, 160-pound wide receiver Felton Davis Jr., and 5’7″, 150-pound cornerback Trequan Heath headline the Springers’ class of 2015.
“Marcus Taylor has excellent speed,” Johnson said. “Felton Davis Jr. has good speed and size as a wide receiver. Trequan Heath, if he gets to be 5’10”, will be recruited by everybody. He’s a heck of a player. He’s like (former Virginia Tech and current Arizona Cardinals running back) Ryan (Williams).”
Taylor is also a standout in track, as he captured the 2012 Capital District 100 meters title with a time of 10.99 seconds. Davis Jr. was named wide receiver co-MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine in Richmond this spring, showing off good athleticism and “great hands” according to NUCfootball.blogspots.com.
All three of these players were on Highland Springs’ freshman football team this past season. While they are looking to make an impact on the varsity level, the rising senior class will look to lead the way. A.J. Moore, who has received four major college scholarship offers, headlines the rising senior class.
“I use him as a rush end and outside linebacker,” Johnson said of the 6’2″, 220-pound Moore. “I like him to rush the quarterback. And then we use him as a tight end on offense.”
Cincinnati, East Carolina, Temple and West Virginia have offered Moore. Miami is showing serious interest. But, at this point, an offer from Virginia Tech seems unlikely.
“Shane (Beamer) and I talked,” Johnson said. “Right now, he thinks it might not be a good fit. We’ll play it by ear.”
Another rising senior to watch is 6’1″, 170-pound Ralph Stovall, a wide receiver/free safety who is drawing serious interest from Appalachian State.
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