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June 6, 2014

Norfolk Academy has potential

One of the highlights of working as an analyst for VirginiaPreps.com and the Rivals.com network is the moment when you see a prospect who has the potential to be the "Next Big Thing" and the state of Virginia has produced a steady stream of suck players over the past decade.

At the recent Best of the 757 football showcase, one such player may have emerged.

Host school Norfolk Academy featured an incoming freshman (Class of 2018) named David McCormack who measured in at the event at 6-foot-9, 291 pounds and he competed well with much older players all day. In fact, he was arguably thebest player not chosen to the All-Camp Team.

Though he has yet to play a high school snap, McCormack conjured up visions of a mini Jalyn Holmes, the former Lake Taylor star headed to Ohio State. But there's nothing mini about his potential.

Although McCormack can still gain explosiveness and is a bit on the timid side right now, he's got a huge frame and can bulk up (or add power) to the point where he'd be able to effectively play any position along the defensive line one day at the next level. Right now, he's able to get around the edge well, picks up his feet and moves his hips. A promising talent that is fully capable of blossoming into a star one day.

He wasn't the only impressive performer from Norfolk Academy, either.

Wide receiver Brian Shivers proved to bea reliable target in the passing game, even though he's a bit undersized (5-foot-10, 174 pounds). He's got dependable hands and caught pretty much everything thrown his way in space. This is someone that has gotten it done on the field, too, scoring four touchdowns in a 55-0 shutout of Hampton Roads Academy two seasons ago in 2012.

A comparisonthat came to mind onShivers was ex-Grassfield standout Vincent Lowe, who's set to play his college football at Old Dominion University. He has that compact type of build.

Also from Norfolk Academy, Nicholas Lewis II showed propensity for finding the football playing the free safety position. Well put together, Lewis seems headed for a good year in 2014 and may fall in the category of 'sleeper senior.' He made a number of plays during the 7x7 portion of the event and was one of the more fluid defensive backs during the early morning drills.


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