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June 12, 2014
Best of the 757 : Odds & Ends
Today, we wrap up our extensive coverage of the event with some odds and ends...
It was not an overly deep group of quarterbacks, but three stood out in Indian River's Jalen Williams, First Colonial freshman Scotty Watson and Norfolk Academy's Allan Parrott (pictured).
Like many young quarterbacks, Watson has to work on some of his reads and accuracy in traffic, but put nice spin on the ball and made a handful of quality throws from the pocket. As Watson gets bigger and puts weight on, his upside could be mighty good. The Patriots have a player they can groom under center.
Williams displayed good drop-backs, though his deep ball was a smidge wobbly and had a downward release. He also made several throws with adequate zip.
was the most polished of the three in his
delivery, even though the ball didn't jump out of his hand with quite
velocity as Williams or Watson.
Rising prospect out of Kempsville
From Kempsville, Jake Owens (6-foot-3, 215-pounds) has some H-Back/tight end type of skills to his game and he has the versatility to line-up and be a contributor at wide receiver or linebacker as well. He catches just about everything and is not afraid to go over the middle at all. His hops are deceptive, too. Look for him to be a big-play threat for the Chiefs.
Hurricane in the trenches
Heritage has a bunch of skill position players that will give opponents in the Peninsula District problems next year. To reach their goal of a state title, they'll need the guys in the trenches to be sound and one of the main components returning is starter Treielle Pearson, a standout at the Best of the 757. Pearson had a couple of great bull-rush moves from the d-line spot. When he flipped over to blocking, he used his hands and feet properly to keep his defender at bay.
Pearson, who had a key sack in the team's playoff win over Denbigh last November to help thwart a Patriots comeback, doesn't have the traditional frame (5-foot-10, 248-pounds) that the next-level programs covet, yet makes up for it with grit and spirit.
Andy Sartain of Great Bridge - - Definitely one of the better linebackers in the camp. He was Second Team All-PenSouth Conference at both tight end and linebacker a year ago, and you can tell he's got a nose for the ball, and looked more seasoned than others out there. Nine tackles, including seven solo, in the playoff game loss to Hampton, proving to be one of the better players on the field.
Justin Chase from Great Bridge - - Pretty good hands, raw, moves fairy well, probably needs to add some nastiness but the upside is there. As he continues to work at his craft, he could develop into a scholarship guy.
Patrick Murphy of Great Bridge - - Has good size and can be a key cog in the trenches but he'll need to continue working on footwork and speed.
Aaron Flug from Atlantic Shores - - Though he got a little 'handsy' on some reps, he's got a good frame and a strong competitive streak. As he continues to mature, adding strength, he'll be able to hold his position better.
Dimitri Wallace of Indian River - - As a wideout, he has a chance to cash in on the new spread system and be a factor. Just from the eye test of running, he looks like he can be developed into a solid player.