Portsmouth (Va.) I.C. Norcom has a handful of prospects to watch for the 2012 recruiting class. The biggest of the group is 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman Marcus Haynes along with tailback Chavelle Atkins.
"Marcus was all-district as a guard this year," Norcom head coach Larry Archie said. "He's going to be a monster. He's a real physical kid that runs well and pulls well. He was crushing people. He's real impressive. He knocks people down.
"He's a humble kid that just starting playing this year. It was his first year on varsity; he was on JV last year. His mother didn't care for football too much, but he's a coach's dream. He picks up things well and gets downfield well. He can get to the second level and his pass protection is good."
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Plenty of schools have been impressed with Haynes.
"All the guys that have come in are impressed, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Temple and Old Dominion."
Joining Haynes is 6-foot-0, 200-pound running back Chavelle Atkins who earned offensive player of the year in the district after rushing for 1,100-yards and eight touchdowns. He added second team all-district defensive honors.
"He's a workhorse," he said. "He's got great speed, is a big kid that can run between the tackles and outside. He can make you miss with a move or run through you. He's a real good blocker.
"On defense, he comes hard off the edge. A lot of people don't realize how big he is, but he's a big kid that had 12.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He can rip the ball out of your hands."