Linebacker Derek Jackson isn't the only player to watch out of Glen Allen (Va.) Deep Run in 2008. According to head coach Lenny Pritchard, the school features on other prospect in 5-foot-8, 185-pound running back Wes McDaniel.
"He's a good student well above a 3.0 GPA and has started to get contact from good academic schools like Duke, Boston College, Wake Forest and Rutgers," he said. "These schools are willing to take a chance on a smaller back.
"He's got great acceleration and is very quick and shifty. He moves at such a low center of gravity and has proven to be very durable. He's good running on the outside, off tackle and in the gaps."
McDaniel rushed for 1,805 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He registered 19 tackles, eight deflections and one interception on defense.
What stands out about the junior prospect as a person?
"He's a good kid that does really well in school," he said. "He comes from a very structured home life and participates in a lot of extracurricular activities including basketball and track."
One player to watch next year out of Deep Run is 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete Antone Exum.
"He's a quarterback slash defensive back," he said. "He'll likely be an athlete at the next level.
"Defensively he can cover a lot of ground and he's got the speed that coaches are looking for. On offense, he's got a decent arm and can read the defense. He's a very talented player that is a threat to take it to the house anytime he touches the ball. He showed that by averaging over 30-yards per kick return last year and still didn't understand the entire offense or defense. Once he does, he'll be a nasty weapon."
So far Virginia is the only school that has taken an interest in the 2009 prospect.