"Lorenzo still hasn't fully come close to what he can be and I don't think he even realizes how good he can be," Page head coach Kevin Gillespie said. "He is a very explosive player, especially for his size – he's 6-7 and 215 pounds [with] broad shoulders and long arms. He's still raw. He still has a lot of development. But the upside on him is huge. And he's such a good kid."
Featherston jumped back and forth between junior varsity and varsity during his sophomore season, which ended with Page winning the NCHSAA 4AA Title.
"Had he of understood what it took to practice and play at that level earlier, he would have played [on varsity] the whole time," Gillespie said. "This year, he battled through some injuries and all, but he still put out some good games and some good film."
A week before the 2012 season opener, Featherston suffered an injury that forced him to miss the first four games of the season – all losses.
"[The injury] was something with my growth plate," Featherston said.
With Featherston in the lineup, Page reeled off seven straight victories until losing in the second round of the NCHSAA 4AA playoffs. In those eight games, he tallied 64 tackles, including 24 for a loss.
In the second round playoff loss, Featherston suffered yet another injury – a dislocated knee and torn meniscus. He had surgery shortly after the season and expects to be 100-percent healed in a month.
"The doctors said that once it's healed, it should be good," Featherston said. "But later on in the future I'll probably have early arthritis."
"Only" five schools have offered Featherston a scholarship. But Gillespie, who has coached several Division I-A prospects, believes Featherston's scholarship count is about to skyrocket.
"I would say it's still regional, even though Notre Dame came in here last week," Gillespie said. "But when schools like that come in, it's about to get national."
Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech are the schools to have offered. UNC was the first school to make an offer.
"Coach ‘Kap' [Chris Kapilovic] called the school and my coach put me on the phone," Featherston said. "He said that he had reviewed my tape and told me that he wanted to offer me."
Prior to that, Featherston visited UNC for the football game against East Carolina.
"I loved the campus, I love the environment, and the way everybody treated me," Featherson said.
Featherston has also visited East Carolina and NC State. He plans to attend Clemson's Junior Day next weekend, Tennessee's Junior Day sometime after that, and then the UNC-Duke basketball game in Chapel Hill in March. He's also working on plans to visit Wake Forest at some point.
With so many trips on the docket, Featherson is hesitant to name favorite schools.
"Really, I like all of them," Featherston said.
Featherston hopes to major in engineering in college… Growing up, Featherston's favorite college team was Oregon… Featherston normally plays basketball for Page, but his knee injury is keeping him out of action. He plans to run track this spring for the first time.