Paul Gostomski, Romond Deloatch and Kavon Bellamy are all top Peninsula District skill players hungry for scholarship offers
Denbigh and Paul Gostomski and Kavon Bellamy and Romond Deloatch and Win Homer and Christchurch and Phoebus and Hampton and Menchville and Kwamie Lassiter
By the end of the summer, Paul Gostomski hopes to add a few very important words to a high school resume that already includes some pretty impressive achievements.
He's class president at Denbigh High. He sports a 3.43 grade point average. He led the Peninsula District in receptions last season. Those are all enormous accomplishments worthy of praise, but Gostomski wants another distinction — football scholarship recipient. This spring and summer, he's doing all he can to try to earn a scholarship offer.
"I'll be going to as many camps as I possibly can," said Gostomski, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver. "I don't want to risk not going to a camp where somebody else might get looked at by college coaches."
As of now, he's scheduled to attend the Best of the 757 camp on May 21 at Christopher Newport University. He's also likely going to a Nike camp next weekend at Duke University, plus camps at Virginia Tech, Navy, Penn State and Virginia Military Institute. He's considering camps at William and Mary, Columbia, Dartmouth and Harvard.
While playing in what Denbigh coach Marcellus Harris described as a "minor league version of what East Carolina runs" on offense, Gostomski led the Peninsula District last season with 49 catches for 646 yards and eight touchdowns.
Harris should have a pretty good feel for what goes on at ECU, since that's where he played receiver in his college days. He has been educating Gostomski, who skipped football in his sophomore year to concentrate on basketball, on what to expect in the recruiting process.
"I told him basically everything I went through," said Harris, a graduate of now-closed Ferguson High. "I thought I was a pretty good basketball player in high school, too. Obviously, I didn't have the academics he had, but being that I was able to play Division I football, I've been putting in his ear what will happen when he does get to that level."
While Gostomski works to put himself in position to become a more coveted player in the eyes of college coaches, he's not alone. Phoebus High's Romond Deloatch and Hampton High's Kavon Bellamy have similar motives.
Deloatch, a 6-5, 205-pound receiver who had 24 catches for 422 yards and five touchdowns last season, said he's headed to a camp later this month at Florida State. He's also going to a camp next month at the University of Miami. He still doesn't have any offers.
Bellamy is a 5-9, 190-pound running back who gained 990 yards and scored 20 touchdowns last fall in his first season as a starter in the backfield. He's slated to head to the Nike camp at Duke.
He's also going in early July to a camp at Tech, which he claimed was his favorite college program growing up. He has campus visits scheduled this spring to Old Dominion and Richmond.
Though Bellamy doesn't have any offers yet, he comes from a strong bloodline of football talent. His uncle is Menchville High graduate and former 10-year NFL veteran safety Kwamie Lassiter.
Bellamy boasts a bench press max of 280 pounds and has played both fullback and tailback for Hampton, sharing the running back duties with teammate Dallas Cogdell. Bellamy acknowledges a big part of the challenge for him right now is to get college coaches to see him as an every-down kind of back.
"They think I'm little because of my measurements," Bellamy said. "I may be 5-9, 190, but I run like I'm 220. I may be small, but I run big. If coaches give me the chance, I'll show them it was a good choice.
Some of the top names in the Peninsula District still are looking to land their first offers, but arguably the best offensive lineman in the state from one of the smallest schools in the Hampton Roads area already has garnered plenty of attention.
Win Homer, a 6-5, 240-pound offensive tackle from Christchurch School, likely will make his college decision in late June or early July. He's considering scholarship offers from U.Va., Tech and Boston College, and he has another offer from North Carolina State.
"He's worked really hard," said Ed Homer, who is Win's father and Christchurch's football coach. "He plays close defense on the lacrosse team, so every time I get 20 pounds on him, they run it off him. (Lacrosse) has helped his footwork quite a bit."
Though Christchurch routinely fields about 30 players, Win isn't the only player with legitimate college football aspirations on the roster. As a matter of fact, he's surrounded by potential scholarship athletes on Christchurch's offensive line.
Will Smith, a 6-5, 280-pound offensive tackle, is getting a lot of interest from ODU, Western Michigan and Richmond. He won the offensive lineman Most Valuable Player award in mid-April at a Rivals.com/VTO Sports combine in Richmond.
Bryan and Ryan Ransom are 6-3, 240-pound twin brothers from Gloucester that also play on Christchurch's line. Bryan plays center, while Ryan plays left guard. Both could generate some interest as the spring and summer progress.
Linebacker Carlos Gray and Jeff Williams and running back/cornerback Jordan Wallace, who attended Bethel High prior to Christchurch, could also get some college looks. Cornerback Pat Young could be an intriguing football prospect, but he's already headed to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County to play lacrosse.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times