Hermitage Pipeline Continues

Under head coach Patrick Kane, Hermitage High School has long been known as one of the top talent producing programs in the state. Year-in and year-out, Hermitage puts out D-I talent. The class of 2007 is no different.

At least four prospects have the chance of playing football at the DI-A level from the class of 2007. At this point, one has an offer, athlete Alonzo Tweedy. "He's about 6'1, 180," head coach Patrick Kane said. "I think he's probably going to be recruited as an athlete. I think it will be one of those things where whatever school he goes to will put him wherever they need him."

"I think his biggest attribute is that he is very athletic," Kane continued. "He also plays basketball and at 6'1 he averaged a double-double in rebounds and points scored. He's not afraid to compete for the ball and he shows the same competitive level on the football field."

This competitiveness plus his athleticism are two of the aspects of Tweedy's game that impressed Virginia Tech, helping him earn his first offer. "He plays h-back as fullback and slot receiver for us," Kane noted. "We'll hand him the ball or give him the ball on a reverse. When the ball is in the air he'll compete for it. His competitiveness for the ball and to the ball is what shows up on film."

Along with Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia, and Cincinnati have been writing. "It's like most kids," Kane noted. "He's getting tons of mail and that type of thing. The visitation period is just starting so we will know more after that."

While Tweedy is the lone Hermitage prospect with an early offer, two offensive linemen and a linebacker also have a chance to play college football at a high level. "First we've got Harold Robertson. He's about 6'1, 319 and a great student with a 3.8 GPA. Northwestern is showing a lot of interest. Their position coach OKed him [for an offer] and the head coach has to agree and that looks like an offer he'll get soon."

"Then there's Earl Ferguson who is 6'5, 350. He was hurt last year and only got to play part of the season and not the best of shape when cleared. He's starting to get interest from Maryland and schools around here."

Finally, linebacker Craig Branch is a prospect that Wake Forest has been very impressed with early. Perhaps that's because Wake Forest has made a living in recent years with "undersized" fireplug linebackers such as Jon Abbate. "Wake Forest just came through school and was really excited about him," Kane said. "He's 5'11, 225 pounds. He really goes to the ball. He's our middle linebacker and also plays fullback for us in our offense."

This summer, Kane and his Hermitage team will travel to several 7-on-7 tournaments around the region including a 7-on-7 at UVa and at East Carolina.

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