While Good Counsel (Olney, MD) has captured the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference postseason championship each of the past four seasons, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) remains one of the league’s top programs. Led by a talented rising senior class, DeMatha, which has reached the WCAC final three of the past four years, could be poised to retake the WCAC crown in 2013.
“On paper, we look pretty good,” Stags head coach Elijah Brooks said. “We have a solid senior class. This class, it was thrown into the fire when I took over. We had some guys transfer. Sophomores were asked to step in and play. I think that was a blessing in disguise. They were able to play, learn confidence, and be leaders.”
At least one DeMatha underclassman will be in Blacksburg this Sunday, June 2, when Virginia Tech football hosts its first one-day camp of 2013. In terms of the WCAC power’s noted rising senior group, mammoth offensive tackle Brock Ruble has been a focus of the Hokies’ recruiting since October of 2012, when Frank Beamer extended an offer.
Ruble’s impressive scholarship offer list includes Florida, Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Virginia Tech was one of the first schools to offer, and it is also one of the schools the 6’9″, 310-pound prospect has visited so far.
“I know Brock visited Virginia Tech and really enjoyed himself,” Brooks said.
In addition to Tech, Ruble has also been to Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia (camp) and West Virginia. Visits to Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and Tennessee are planned for this summer. Despite having seen a handful of programs in person, Ruble remains open and has not yet narrowed his list of schools.
Football-wise, Ruble obviously has great size, but his upside is what has numerous college coaches in hot pursuit.
“Definitely his growth potential is excellent,” Brooks said of Ruble. “He hasn’t played football very long. He didn’t really pick it up until he got to high school. The 12 games he played in last year were the most significant games he ever played in. What we see now, it’s just scratching the surface. He can bend and he is long. He hasn’t spent much time in the weight room, so he’s going to get stronger. That...
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