HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – More than 100 high school athletes from Hampton Roads will commit to play college football somewhere in America Wednesday.
Hampton Roads is a hot bed for high school football in the United States. Now, most of the top players decide early where they will continue their education and their sport.
Andrew Brown, the big defensive tackle from Oscar Smith, the national player of the year, committed early to the University of Virginia and has already enrolled there so he can participate in spring practice.
Quin Blanding, a safety from Bayside High School and another five-star recruit also pledged to Coach Mike London and the Cavaliers. He announced his choice a year ago and has remained firm in his commitment ever since.
But some players wait until the last minute and that is the story of Derrick Nnadi in Virginia Beach. Every trick of the trade was used to recruit Ocean Lakes defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi and it affects a lot of people.
Nnadi has been offered a full scholarship by more than 30 schools and remembers his first offer from NC State like it was yesterday.
“My eyes were like wide open and I was like, ‘what!,” Nnadi said. I tried to keep my composure, but once he left the room I was jumping all over the gymnasium. It’s a great feeling.”
But things have changed since the recruiting process began his sophomore year. Nnadi has been bombarded by coaches, players and fans on phones, email and social media.
“There was one dude who was harassing me for the longest time,” Nnadi added. “I don’t even know who he was. So I had to stop using Twitter for a while now.”
Nowadays, top players commit early, but not Nnadi. He waited until Wednesday morning to announce his pick. It came down to Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
He chose Florida State.