Mount Ulla (N.C.) West Rowan running back Kevin Parks Jr. recently committed to Virginia. However, Parks isn't the only prospect with offers from the school. According to head coach Scott Young two other players hold scholarships too.
One is 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker Chris Smith.
"He's athletic, very athletic, runs well, jumps well and has long arms and legs," he stated. "This was only his second year playing football and he improved by leaps and bounds. He was second in the state in sacks with 25 and had 84 total tackles. He was conference and county player of the year on defense and all-state as a junior. He was pretty highly regarded.
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"He's also a good kid that comes from a good family. He's very polite and has a 3.1 GPA."
Colleges have taken notice of Smith and his many accolades.
"He does have offers from Duke and East Carolina," he said. "Auburn has verbally offered, but we haven't seen it in writing yet.
"He's also receiving interest from everybody nationally, Michigan State, Penn State, Clemson, South Carolina, Cincinnati and more."
Smith recently made a trip to East Carolina.
"He had a really impressive visit there with Coach Holtz and Coach Kirkpatrick," he said. "He came away from Greenville very impressed."
Smith plans to take two more visits in the near future to Georgia on the 21st and Virginia on the 28th.
Meanwhile, West Rowan has one more prospect to watch in 6-foot-0, 185-pound athlete/punter Jonathan Crucieti.
"He is a jack of all trades. He played wide receiver, quarterback, running back, punter, punt returner and kick returner," he stated. "He was an all-state punter as a junior and averaged 41.8 yards a kick.
"He changed the whole game for us and the field position battle. If it weren't for Jonathan we wouldn't have won the state championship. He does a lot of little things really well. He could be a defensive back in college too, he's so athletic and a great student."
Already two schools have pulled the trigger on an offer.
"He's got offers from Air Force and the Naval Academy to do both football and baseball," he said. "He's a Division I baseball player, a centerfielder that wants to do both sports. He's looking for that football scholarship.
"I know for baseball he's getting recruited by a number of top teams including Vanderbilt, North Carolina and East Carolina."