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September 5, 2010It's a new year and a new team for Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy head coach John Shuman. The longtime head coach of the post-graduate team has just 46 prospects, but has quite a bit of talent in the 2011 class headlined by former four-star defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles.
"Kelcy Quarles signed with South Carolina last year, he's a man-animal," Shuman said. "I don't know if anybody can block that guy, they better take two on him."
Quarles isn't the only commitment playing for Shuman's team this season.
"Desmond Coble signed with Temple and he's a very good player," he said. "Brandon Golson is a linebacker that committed to South Carolina, he's really good. Brison Williams is another one for South Carolina out of Warner Robins.
"We got Tyrek Cheeseboro and Nathaniel Clarke who signed with Maryland. I would say Clarke's had a few issues, he's just got to move a little faster.
"Kyrrel Latimer signed with Virginia out of high school and he's very good."
Although they've got plenty of committed talent already, there are quite a few prospects to keep an eye on and he started with his offensive players.
"Olsen Pierre is one to watch out of Rahway, New Jersey as is Aaron Sye from Harrisburg, Pa. Connecticut put us on him and he has lived up to his billing. He is smooth and fast. He can catch it and break on the ball," he said. "Another receiver is Justin Lord. He reminds me of Jacoby Ford. He runs a 4.29 and is a good return guy. He's a pretty good receiver, too.
"Ernest Holden out of Hampton Christian has good speed and a burst, he has good hands too.
"On the line, we got Joshua Campion out of Prior Lake, Minnesota. He's a big, thick, aggressive guy. He's got good feet and good hands. He reminds us of all the good left tackles we've had like Morgan Moses. That guy is going places.
"Carson Futch is a left guard out of Cape Fear. He's got good footwork and handwork. He's smart and I like him a lot.
"I like Christian Piazza too. He's smart with good feet and hands. He needs to work on his physicality. Once we get him into October and get him stronger, he's a guy everybody is going to want."
On the defensive side of the ball, Fork Union has a handful of sleepers to watch as well.
"Sage Harold and Justin Hughes are from the Beach,"
he said. "Sage is a good player, we like him a lot and he should be one in the rankings. Justin Hughes we like a lot too. He's pretty good.
"Kenton Adeymi is really good at linebacker. He's smart and fast and could play at a lot of spots. He's an easy place. He's thick and intelligent. He's got a good SAT and we're going to take him around to Tulane, Virginia and Georgia Tech. He really sticks out.
"I like Michael McAllister from South Carolina. C.J. Owens from Marlboro, Maryland is another one of those short compact guys. He'll blow up the center and is an A gap type of guy."
Fork Union has a huge game against rival prep program Hargrave Military Academy this weekend and the two power programs will face each other once again at the end of the year.
Brian Mohr contributed to this report.