“It was fun,” said Anthony Womack. “I didn’t expect it to be like that.”
The 2016 Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes safety made a trip to Charlottesville over the weekend to visit UVa. And for the first time, he saw friends Cavalier freshmen safety Quin Blanding and wide receiver Jamil Kamara playing as college athletes.
“I went up there and I saw them and it felt different since I played with them in high school and now they are in the college atmosphere…they fit right in.” he said. “It was crazy. It was like time was flying.”
Seeing his friends playing as true freshmen sent an encouraging message to Womack.
“It felt good, because we can have the same opportunities, me and Levonta (Taylor) and who ever, we can have the same opportunity if we choose to go to UVa. We can get in early, learn and do big things like they are trying to do.”
The 5-foot-10, 185 pounder paying close attention to the defense on Saturday, and the rising junior left impressed.
“It was cool, it was different though. Looked like they are running the nickel package and they run more man. They have Quin high, he is not coming down a lot. He plays better high and I like that too…They put him the scheme that he does well in.”
Although Womack enjoyed catching up with friends and watching the scrimmage, this trip was also about learning where he stands with Mike London and his staff.
”I talked to Chip West and Mike London most of all. They said they are looking for big things from me this season. They heard that I’m starting, and they liked that. They said early in the season, if I send film up, I could get an offer I’m waiting on.”
“It would mean a lot to me (if UVa offered),” he said. “It shows that they are interested, and maybe I can go there and hopefully make an impact early like many former players.”
Virginia, however, is not the only school showing interest in the 2016 prospect.
“North Carolina, NC State, I talked to Miami, Penn State is interested, they are saying the same thing, waiting to see what the season brings. They like my transcripts. Tennessee and schools like Clemson too.”
Right now, however, Womack is working on earning that first offer, as he begins his first season at Ocean Lakes High School.
“I don’t want to dwell on my past from Bayside,” he said. “I am starting a whole new future at Ocean Lakes. I’m going to make a bang early.”
Womack says, he knows the team, however, comes first as Ocean Lakes looks to finally bring back the state title.
”That’s our main goal, like many other teams, but we are focused on that main goal, and we are preparing ourselves each and every day against the best competition-that is what is making us better. We just have to come together as a team to get the job done.”
Womack hopes to head to Virginia’s opener against UCLA. He also hopes to attend a Penn State game this fall.Follow @JacquieFran_