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Western Branch DB Jermaine Vaughn Grabs MVP At NUC Premier Showcase

Western Branch DB Jermaine Vaughn (Photo; Joe Barnes/recruit757)

by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757 Jermaine Vaughn has been playing football for as long as he can remember. When he had to sit out last season after transferring to Western Branch High School, one could understand the emotional challenge posed. Despite sitting out of football for a year, Vaughn was able to put on a show […]

Coaches Corner: More “little things” of excellence

Coach Lew Johnston (Photo: Sam Mizelle/recruit757)

Coach Lew Johnston has a blog of his own called “Coaching the little things” that you can check out. It’s a great resource for information, plus Lew is an expert in coaching the classic “Wing T” offense. Thanks to Lew for his contributions to recruit757.com and to the community! – AH by Lew Johnston (a special […]

ODU offers Western Branch DE Jalen Alexander

Western Branch DE Jalen Alexander (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)

by Andy Hilton, recruit757 Being a coach’s son isn’t always easy.   Just ask ODU Monarch football player Derek Wilder.   He graduated early from Maury High School and dived right into a role playing linebacker for his father, Bobby Wilder. In the case of Western Branch defensive end Jalen Alexander, being a son and […]

Sidney Wellons on the hunt

Former Indian River WR/DB Sidney Wellons (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)

by Andy Hilton, recruit757 You might remember the name Sidney Wellons.  His older brother Justin played his high school ball at Western Branch.   Justin is now a scholarship football player at James Madison after electing to walk on when he came into the program. Sidney (WR/DB 5-11 175) is looking to follow in his […]

High school coaches are lovin’ Latrell Scott’s recruiting approach at NSU

Norfolk State Head Coach Latrell Scott (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)

by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757 It only took Norfolk State three years after establishing in 1935 to implement a collegiate football program. The Spartans started within the Independents, transitioned through a few conferences, and now have found home in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) since 1999. Under first-year Head Coach Latrell Scott, the Spartans generated a […]

Coaches Corner: Attacking Defenses

Coach Lew Johnston in action (Photo: Sam Mizelle/recruit757)

by Lew Johnston (a special contribution to recruit757) I spent part of last weekend in Northern Virginia at the Nike Coaches Clinic. It was an honor to be asked to speak at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast Saturday and share my testimony! Then I had an hour to present a topic that I think […]

Dontrell Leonard announced as the OC for Western Branch

Dontrell Leonard in his coaching days at Salem (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)

by Andy Hilton, recruit757 This little tidbit was lost in the National Signing Day shuffle.   While a lot of Ocean Lakes’ football coaching staff has joined Chris Scott at Bishop Sullivan, quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Dontrell Leonard is joining Western Branch.   That’s a big move for Bruin Coach Greg Gibson, who to this point […]

Western Branch TE Maurice Davis commits to Virginia State

Western Branch TE Maurice Davis (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)

by Andy Hilton, recruit757 For Virginia State, Maurice Davis is a heckuva get.  Davis comes in as a long, tall, blocking oriented, pass catching tight end with a knack for contributing the big play. Against Great Bridge this past fall, as an example, Davis made one move sprint straight downfield on a go route, and […]

NSA LB Daniel Griffith decides to walk on at Virginia Tech

NSA Linebacker Daniel Griffith (Photo: Sam Mizelle/recruit757)

by Andy Hilton, recruit757 For Nansemond-Suffolk Academy linebacker Daniel Griffith, high school football was a roller coaster. He was known as an excellent athlete early on. His combination of strength and speed at a young age bode well for his recruitment to college. Daniel (SR LB 6-1 225) spent his ninth grade year as a […]

The NFL honors Dre Bly and Western Branch (VIDEO)

Western Branch Alum Dre Bly

In celebration of the 50th Super Bowl, the NFL has made the rounds in Hampton Roads. Several local schools have shiny new golden footballs to display in their trophy cases thanks to alumni like Cam Chancellor (Maury) and Elton Brown (Hampton). Western Branch and Dre Bly were honored on Wednesday in a celebration at the […]