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Oscar Smith Trio Considers College Choices

January 14, 2010

Charlie Ricks (Photo: Steve Earley)

Finally, we have some news on Oscar Smith seniors and where they might be headed in the fall.  Oscar Smith High School QB Phillip Sims committed to Alabama and Lineman Evan Hailes committed to Penn State before the season ever started.   It’s been quiet on the recruiting front at Oscar Smith for quite a while.   The visits from college coaches have been frequent, but there has been a lot of window shopping. 

A number of seniors on Oscar Smith’s regional champion team should be college bound, beyond Sims and Hailes who finished their high school work early and have left for college.   We have news on three prominent players in the class of 2010.   

Charlie Ricks (WR 6-0 160) was the region’s leader in receptions in 2009, with 59 catches for 996 yards and 15 touchdowns.   He was All-District, All-Tidewater and AAA All-State at DB and/or WR depending on the publication.  Ricks sat out last year due to academic issues, but is finally back on track and has visits set up for UMass, Towson and Maryland later this month.  

Jeremy Majette (MLB 6-0 240) was second-team All Southeastern District for 2009.  He was probably a victim of Oscar Smith’s success as far as post-season player honors are concerned.   Coaches and writers aren’t going to recognize everyone on an Oscar Smith team full of solid contributors.   Jeremy has a least one confirmed visit this month: Old Dominion will host Majette on January 29.  We have no word of other visits or offers for Majette at this point.

Corey Steward (Photo: Thomas Slusser)

Lastly, Corey Steward (OL/DL 5-10 240) is getting noticed.  The First Team All-District lineman has been considered underheight for DI FBS play, but he’s received a number of Division II offers, including one from Virginia Union.

Coach Richard Morgan at Oscar Smith has done well in getting players to the college level over the last few years.  This year will be no exception, but you can be sure that he’s motivated by the bewilderingly slow pace of offers coming to his kids.  There are more undergrads in the wings at Oscar Smith and they’ll be sure to prove themselves to colleges next season.  The Oscar Smith pipeline of talent isn’t going to dry up anytime soon.

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