With National Signing Day less than a week off, seven Peninsula District football players have made commitments. The latest two came earlier this week when Phoebus' Romond Deloatch chose Temple and Justin Lyles said yes to Concord University.
The previous five commitments were: Hampton's Jamall Brown (Virginia), Bethel's Rashawn Proctor (Old Dominion), Phoebus' Eric Enderson (Delaware), and Woodside's Donnell Lewis (Towson) and Chris Moller (Morgan State).
Phoebus' DeShaun Summers, who went from obscurity to all-district as a senior, might be the eighth. He has offers from Concord, Virginia State and Morgan State and is said to be close.
And, if history is any guide, expect more to sign after the dominoes begin falling on signing day.
Bethel has at least three seniors who likely will sign somewhere: quarterback Frank Brown, wideout Willie Davis and lineman Gabe Saunders. Brown has offers from Delaware State, Chowan and Campbell. Davis appears headed to James Madison if his test scores are good enough.
At Hampton, running back/linebacker Dallas Cogdell has drawn interest from Marshall, which currently has former Crabber Tron Martinez. Hampton coach Mike Smith said Kavon Bellamy is likely headed to a junior college. Quarterback Jeremy Eubank has drawn interest from U.Va. Wise.
"This stuff generally works its self out after the first round of signings," Smith said.
Fortune getting some ink
Kecoughtan's Josh Fortune is one of two players from Hampton Roads nominated for the McDonald's All-American game, which will be played March 28 at Chicago's United Center.
Fortune and Jamal Ferguson of Maury High are among 600 players selected by a committee that includes high school coaches, athletic directors and principals. They and their families will be honored by McDonald's at the Old Dominion-William and Mary men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Constant Center.
Last season, the Heritage boys went 0-18 for the first time in school history. The Hurricanes lost by an average margin of 22 points a game.
This year has been a different story. Heritage is 3-10 in the district (4-12 overall) with half its losses coming by nine points or less. Last season, the Hurricanes were outscored on the average 71-49. This year, it's 57-55.
With a two-game lead over Gloucester for eighth place, Heritage looks safe to make the Peninsula District tournament for the first time since 2008.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times