Deacs evaluating Tapscott

There are several running backs on the Wake Forest's radar as the high school football season nears kickoff. One of those in the conversation for an offer is Joshua Tapscott, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back/slot receiver from Kettle Run (Va.) High School, who camped in Winston-Salem during the summer.

"My summer didn't go so well because I got mono at the end of the school year and missed most of the camps I was going to attend," said Joshua Tapscott.

"I had just been cleared [to play] two days before the Wake Forest camp. I hadn't been able to do very much as far as working out for two months and didn't think I performed as well as I'm capable of. The campus was really nice and I liked all of the coaches. My recruiter, Coach Himebaugh, wants to watch my first couple of games of the season. I'm going to work really hard to try to get the coaches to good, new film to look at."

Unfortunately for Tapscott, his untimely illness slowed down the momentum he built coming out of his junior season in which he racked up 1380 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. He had been offered by Boston College and made a pledge to the Golden Eagles staff, but parted ways with the school over the summer.

Tapscott has an offer from Ohio and visited the campus in late July. Although he considers the Bobcats a viable option, Tapscott is hoping to break out the gate quickly to entice interested coaches and broaden his college prospects.

"It's education for me first, football second," Tapscott explained. "I love a great football atmosphere where the students, staff, and everybody in the town is excited about the program and goes to all of the games. That's the kind of place I'm hoping to play at in college."

Kettle's Run is going to have a couple of scrimmages before they open their season on August 24th at Brentsville District. In the first scrimmage, Tapscott had over 100 yards on just five carries and two touchdowns in limited duty. The Kettle Run Cougars went 13-1 in 2011 falling to James Monroe in the Virginia AA Division 3 semifinal by just a touchdown. In the game, Tapscott posted the Cougars only score, a 17-yard scamper for a touchdown. A speed merchant, Tapscott qualified for Nationals in Track and Field in the 55 meter dash. His fastest time is a 6.4.


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