Becton, Brooks are still uncommitted
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.
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.