Because the Warhill Sports Complex hosts the prestigious Football University Top Gun All-Star Camp, the three Williamsburg-James City County high schools each are allowed free spots for two players in an event whose 1,500 participants include several three- or four-star college prospects.
Lafayette High coach Andy Linn has a very simple approach for selecting the two players from his program for the camp, which begins on Thursday. He picks the two he thinks have the best chance of eventually playing college football.
The fact that one of those is Jahlil Green, a transfer from West Point High, should ease the worries of Lafayette fans who thought the running attack might take a dip when Bay Rivers District rushing leader Will Capers and athlete-extraordinaire
Thomas Smith graduated.
“Before Jahlil transferred in, I was wondering where we were going to get our explosion on offense from,” Linn said. “Now we know, because he’s fast.”
And Green, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound rising junior, is also a proven football talent. Linn said that Green rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his freshman and sophomore seasons at West Point.
Linn’s other selection for the Top Gun camp is Peter Hurst, a 6-2, 240-pound two-way lineman who will work at center during the camp. Linn said that Hurst, a rising senior, fared well recently in the one-day camp at
William and Mary and would be happy if he gets the opportunity to play collegiately for the Tribe.
Like Linn, Warhill coach Billy Jarvis picks potential collegiate players from his program to showcase at the camp, but attempts to stick with rising seniors. His two selections for the camp are tight end Seth Mallory and wide receiver/defensive back Charlie Broaddus.
“Charlie is very good academically, I think he’s ranked number five in Warhill’s senior class, and had invites recently to the camps at William and Mary and Richmond,” Jarvis said. “Seth is a late bloomer, who is speedy and strong, and came on for us late last season.”
Jarvis said that rising junior Devonte Dedmon, a rising junior whom Linn considers the most talented skill player returning in the Bay Rivers District, will also attend the camp, as will Warhill senior Kennedy Barbour.
Jamestown representatives at the camp will be running back Stas Szczpanski, a rising junior, and quarterback Tyler Doane.
“Stas is a strong kid who’s always moving forward and getting the extra yards,” Jamestown coach Lee Williams said. “Tyler is a gamer and a good game manager.”