Bec­ton, Brooks are still un­com­mit­ted

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

Sign­ing day is fewer than three weeks away, and two of the area’s high­est rated se­niors re­main un­com­mit­ted: High­land Springs of­fen­sive line­man Mekhi Bec­ton and Bene­dic­tine line­backer El­lis Brooks. Both are us­ing the re­main­ing time to visit schools and make their de­ci­sions.

Bec­ton (6-foot-7, 330 pounds) re­cently an­nounced his five fi­nal­ists: Michi­gan, Michi­gan State, Vir­ginia, Vir­ginia Tech and Louisville. But a sixth school has thrown its name into the mix: Ore­gon. New Ore­gon coach Wil­lie Tag­gart of­fered schol­ar­ships to both Bec­ton and Brooks.

Bec­ton plans to visit Louisville this week and Vir­ginia Tech the next week­end. Then he’ll visit Michi­gan State, fol­lowed by Ore­gon on the fi­nal week­end be­fore sign­ing day. He’s al­ready had vis­its to Michi­gan and Vir­ginia.

Brooks (6-1, 225) picked up new of­fers from Mis­sis­sippi and Louisiana State while play­ing at the Un­der Ar­mour All-Amer­ica Game on New Year’s Day. Brooks has vis­its sched­uled to North­west­ern, LSU, Ore­gon and Michi­gan.

Brooks also is con­sid­er­ing Mary­land and Penn State.

Mary­land still is on his list de­spite the fact that the as­sis­tant coach re­cruit­ing him, Mike Lon­don, left to be­come the coach at Howard.

Notre Dame was pre­vi­ously on Brooks’ list, but isn’t any­more.

On Satur­day, the No. 1 L.C. Bird boys travel to I.C. Nor­com (Portsmouth) for a matchup of teams that played in state ti­tle games last year. Bird was the run­ner-up of the 5A game, and Nor­com was the 3A cham­pion. Nor­com has won a state cham­pi­onship each of the past three years.

Robin­son, a VCU signee, av­er­ages 28.6 points, and Jef­fer­son, a Ge­or­gia Tech signee, av­er­ages 13.1 points.

The McDon­ald’s Al­lAmer­i­can game con­sists of the coun­try’s top play­ers fac­ing off in an ex­hi­bi­tion game at the con­clu­sion of the sea­son in an Eastvs.-West for­mat. Twelve play­ers will be se­lected to com­pete for each team Sun­day, Jan. 15. more than $20,000 in the past four years through do­na­tions, raf­fled items signed by Sum­mit and the help of a lo­cal law firm.

JOE MA­HONEY/TIMES-DIS­PATCH

Jen­nifer Cole­man of High­land Springs is one of seven area play­ers nom­i­nated to play in the McDon­ald’s All-Amer­i­can Game in Chicagon on March 29.

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