A few weeks ago, Virginia Tech assistant Cornell Brown was on the recruiting trail and stopped in at Western Branch High School (Chesapeake, Va.) to take a look at some game film. Western Branch players are generally off of the radar to major programs because they do not compete in camps or combines.
Cornerback Daiquan Lawrence is 6-foot-1 and has been timed as fast as 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Virginia Tech is showing interest.
This trip was the first of Brown took after game film sparked a particular interest in four prospects, cornerback Daiquan Lawrence, athlete Terence Ricks, wide receiver TJ Boothe and offensive lineman Thomas Coleman.
Recently VTScoop caught up with Western Branch assistant coach Jarome Bell to get his take on the visits and what his players' plans are in the near future.
According to Bell, Brown really liked Lawrence stating the he is "one of the best cornerbacks in the area." and "you don't see too many 6-foot-1" corners that can run the 40 in the 4.4s on the hip of every receiver."
Bell also said that Brown was "very impressed with the way Boothe blocked on the edge and wasn't scared to mix it up" as a wide receiver. " Brown told Bell he was impressed with Coleman's feet and speed for a lineman that big and the way he got down the field. “His long arms are great for pass blocking," Bell added.
Bell also stated that Brown couldn't believe Terence Ricks' speed considering he played the entire season with a broken big toe.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer made the return trip with Brown.
"Having Frank Beamer in our place was like having Elvis or Michael Jackson walk into the cafeteria," Bell said. "To have a head coach like Frank Beamer come to our school and walk our halls was truly an honor and to have him bump into our players in the cafeteria was really exciting for us. Our principal and two assistant principals graduated from VT but they had never met him before so I don't know who was more excited to meet him, them or the players. It was nice to find that him, (Hokies assistant) Bryan Stinespring, and of course Cornell are great guys and down to earth and very easy to talk to."
Bell said it was the first time Beamer visited the school and that the students and teachers were excited.
New Virginia Tech wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead also stopped in at Western Branch to get a look at Boothe.
Bell added that all of the prospects at Western Branch will be at Virginia Tech’s junior day on April 6 and that they all plan to camp in Blacksburg this summer at least once.
"Individually, each kid is excited to be recruited by Virginia Tech and they are all working that much harder to get an offer on paper."