Junior defensive end Jack English of Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's has quietly become one of the more intriguing prospects in the state of Virginia. At 6-foot-6 and 250-pounds, English has begun to gain recruiting momentum from several top BCS programs.
"Recruiting has been good," said English. "A lot of coaches have come by school. I've been in pretty close contact with most of the local schools, and I've also received a lot of mail from some schools that are farther away. I sent my film out a couple of weeks ago and so far the feedback has been good. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next little while."
English shared some of the schools that have been showing the most serious interest recently.
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"Virginia, BC, Virginia Tech, UNC, Maryland have all come by a few times and then I've had some other coaches come by here and there from some smaller schools," said English.
A few visits have already been taken and a few more are already in the works.
"I have been to Boston College and Virginia," said English. "I also attended UNC's camp last summer. Hopefully I will get back up to Virginia at some point and I plan on checking out Virginia Tech and Maryland too. Other than that, I'm waiting to hear more from some of the farther away schools before I plan any of those visits."
As he begins to dive deeper into his recruiting process, English is also figuring out what he will be looking for in a program.
"My family is pretty big on academics so that has to be one of my main priorities," said English. "Football wise, I would like to go somewhere that I could have an impact as soon as possible. And I've also been able to start building some relationship with a few coaches over the last little while so that is becoming a bigger piece as well."
On the field this fall, English finished with 48 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and five forced fumbles. At tight end he also chipped in with approximately 10 receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown.
"I thought I performed well and helped my team to a lot of close wins and a really successful season," said English. "We made it farther than I think most of us even expected. It was our first nine win season in the last few years and we made a great run to the state championship."