July 9, 2010

Loaded local school set to camp at VT

One school plans to bring a number of talented prospects to campus for the Hokies second summer camp. A couple coming are notable prospects for the 2012 recruiting class; find out more about them inside.

"We've got four really good players," Richlands, Va. head coach Greg Mance said. The first two are brothers, rising senior (defensive back) Austin Johnson and rising junior (linebacker) Devon Johnson.

"Austin was a second team all-state kick returner last year. We just took him to Marshall and we're expecting a Marshall offer. The defensive back coach really liked him. He's about 6-foot-1, 170-pounds and I think he could be a return man in college. He could also be a defensive back. The kid can fly and has exceptional hands. He also just has another gear."

According to Mance both of the Johnson brothers are getting interest from the likes of Virginia, North Carolina, Liberty, Virginia Tech, Marshall and Ohio.

Meanwhile, Mance went on about his talented rising junior Johnson who holds one offer.

"Virginia has a verbal out to Devon," he said. "He's only a sophomore, but as soon as he qualifies academically he'll pick up. He just hasn't taken the tests yet.

"He is 6-foot-2, 209-pounds and he has really bulked up, last year he was 180-pounds. He is a Sunday football player. He's big, explosive and he has power. He is going to be scary before the summer is out and he can change directions well for his size. He's got good acceleration. I expect him to get seven or eight Division I offers this fall. He's got the NFL body as a 10th grader in high school. He's got a bright future ahead."

What made the Cavaliers pull the trigger so early?

"Mike London loved his weight and the fact he put on 25-pounds," he said. "He liked his tape too and the way he plays the game."

Johnson is getting interest from Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Marshall, Maryland and a few other schools as well according to his coach.

Mance has even more talent to monitor for the 2012 class though in 6-foot-7, 301-pound offensive tackle Josh Hess.

"He got an invitation to the Elite 100 and went to that and then went to the Under Armor national event in New Jersey," he said. "He's also been to Marshall already. They will probably extend an offer shortly."

What about Hess as a player?

"First, he's smart, he's got a 3.9 GPA and is a tremendous worker in the weight room. He lives in the weight room and he'll be a Division I prospect," he said. "The problem is his top end speed, but he's got some strength for a young kid and quick feet. He's just a good athlete with long arms."

Rounding out the talent is a rising senior defensive tackle in 6-foot-2, 270-pound Will Lowe.

"He was first team all-state last year," he said. "He ran a 4.9 at Marshal a few weeks ago. He grew up on a farm and loves to hit. He's aggressive and works hard in the weight room."

Mance claims Lowe is getting interest from Maryland, and Virginia Tech.

According to Mance all four prospects plan to make their way to Blacksburg this Saturday for the Hokies second summer camp.

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