Victory Christian School in Charlotte, NC has quietly emerged as one of the hottest prep programs in the state for football recruiting- boasting no fewer than five college prospects for the class of 2009.
Headlined by defensive line standouts Curtis Porter, Justin Foxx and Sylvester Crawford, the program also boasts talented CB Tehvyn Brantley and QB Josh Byrum.
Recently Pack Pride spoke with Victory Christian assistant coach Don Robinson about his squad.
Pack Pride: Coach, DE Justin Foxx has the offer from NC State and it appears he’s got some interest in the Wolfpack. Can you talk about what he brings to your team?
“He’s definitely one of the top players and he’s the leader of our team. He’s a team captain. He’s a great kid with a great personality. He’s got a 3.7 GPA. He comes from a good family and his mom is a school teacher so you know she’s going to be pushing that (academic) part of it. This kid is low key but he’ll let you know he’s a football player. At certain times he’ll talk up but he’s not a mouthy kid.”
Pack Pride: What size is Justin at now and where do you think he may end up once he gets to college?
“Right now Justin is 6-5, 225 pounds. They’ll put some weight on him in college and they’ll beef him up to a good 240 or 250.”
Pack Pride: Do you have a feel for the schools Justin is high on right now?
“He’s leaning to State and Duke because it’s close to home. His mom wants him to stay close to home. He’s visiting schools now because they’ve offered him and it’s an honor to be offered so naturally you want to show your respect. Now once he gets to a school I don’t know what might happen. It all depends on how they treat him and stuff like that. But right now, his mom would like him to be close to home and I’ve heard them say that State and Duke are the one and two choices.”
Pack Pride: Any idea what Justin’s timetable may be for a decision?
“I think he’ll do something before the season starts because he doesn’t want it to go into the season.”
Pack Pride: How about Sylvester Crawford? He also has an offer from NC State.
“I’m not sure about Sylvester. I know he likes West Virginia and State but I’m not sure because I don’t talk to him as much because he’s doing a lot of summer work.”
Pack Pride: With Crawford and Foxx you’ve got feel good about the team’s defensive front?
“You can’t forget we’ve also got Curtis Porter at defensive tackle and a lot of schools are after him but I think he’s leaning towards Florida, I’m not sure. But we feel real good right now with these players that we’ve got on offense and defense.”
Pack Pride: Can you talk a little bit about your early impressions of the new coaching staff at NC State?
“I really do like NC State. Coach Bridge, he’s been an honest guy. He came down to the school to talk with us and he’s just straight forward. He told us what to expect when we went up to State and how the coaching staff was going to treat us and it was all good. They rolled out the red carpet for us. Coach O’Brien- I haven’t talked to him as much as coach Bridge but coach Bridge is the real deal. I also liked the QB coach, coach Bible. I love the way he works and as a matter of fact, I picked up a few tips from him myself that I brought back to the school with me. I really liked the way they conducted their camps. I’ve been to several camps and they had the best camp that I’ve been to.”