Growing somewhat weary of the recruiting process, Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll wide receiver Maurice Stovall Jr. and his father Maurice Sr. have started to emphasize trust and honesty.
"Al Groh was very straight forward and I was really impressed with Coach Davie as well. Talking to these coaches face-to-face was a great experience," Stovall Sr. said.
Stovall Sr. added that he and his son usually see a red flag when a coach tells them that Maurice is their "No. 1 guy."
"That might be true, but I also know that [coaches] need to look out for their programs," he said. "What should I think they're telling the other wide receivers they're recruiting?"
During the summer, the 6-foot-5, 208 pound wide receiver visited North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Virginia on his own. Nevertheless, he is planning to make official visits to those schools so he can get a feel for the campuses when school is in session.
"It'll be a better opportunity for him to see how he fits in," his father said. "Campus environment is very important because he's going to be living there for at least four years."
Stovall mentioned Tennessee, Michigan and Florida as possibilities for the fifth visit.
Since Stovall barely missed the qualifying mark on his first SAT attempt, the elder Stovall's involvement in the recruiting process has allowed his son focus on bumping up his SAT score and leading his team to another championship.
Because Archbishop Carroll's Wing-T offense emphasizes the run, Stovall has learned that his track-star speed (4.3-second 40-yard dash) and his height can cause headaches beyond the deep threat. Last week, Stovall scored a touchdown on a reverse.
"Last game, I had four people on me," Stovall said.
"When that happens, I try to bring all the defensive backs towards me as much as possible, so the quarterback can check off other options. I'm also a good blocker because I have size and reach, plus I've gotten stronger this year."