Clifton (Va.) Centreville has three prospects to watch in the 2008 recruiting class. The star at the school is cornerback Darryl Hamilton who already holds an offer. Rivals caught up with head coach Gerry Pannoni to find out more on his prospects.
"Darryl is a very good athlete, he's probably the best one we have coming back and is a four-year varsity starter. He's our best open field tackler, he moves well and can pass cover," he said. "He does have an offer from Virginia, but I don't know if he's going to follow in his brothers footsteps. Darryl likes to set his own path.
"He's been to a few other places and schools are showing interest including Duke, North Carolina, Boston College, Notre Dame, Rutgers and North Carolina State. When it's over, he'll have plenty of offers. Right now he wants to keep all his options open."
Alongside Hamilton in the secondary is safety Darnell Carpenter.
"He's a raw kid with good size and speed (6-foot-2, 200-pounds, 4.6-second 40-yard dash)," he said. "He played cornerback for us last year and his size alone has created interest. He's not as fast as Darryl, but he is a good cornerback that could move down to linebacker.
"He's getting a lot of interest from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College, North Carolina State, Kansas State, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M. He doesn't have any favorites at all at this time."
Pannoni went on to discuss Carpenter more as a person and player.
"His drawback may be his speed, but he's a good player," he said. "He's an extremely quiet kid that you have to pry words out of. He's a hard worker though and solid in the classroom."
Rounding out the group is 6-foot-0, 228-pound linebacker Andrew Morgan.
"A lot of schools are looking at him including Virginia Tech, Boston College, Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State and more," he said. "I think he'd like to go wherever the opportunity is.
"As a player, he had a really good sophomore year and this year wasn't quite as good. He's working hard to have a big senior season. Right now, I'd say what makes him standout is that he's pretty explosive. He's very strong and one of those kids that has a natural ability you can't teach.
"Off the field, he's pretty quiet but a great kid. You've got to pull words out of him and he's really good in the classroom, over a 3.0 GPA."
Morgan earned second team all-district honors as a junior.