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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.
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hspace="5" vspace="5">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 the best player not chosen to the All-Camp
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,
Wide receiver Brian
Shivers proved to be a 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 comparison that came to mind on Shivers 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.