Gouveia One To Watch In '08

In recent years, Stone Bridge High School in Northern Virginia has produced a handful of D-I prospects including Virginia Tech's Ed Wang, Duke's Andrew Holloman, Notre Dame commitment Andrew Nuss, and Wake Forest commit Devon Brown. In the class of 2008, Stone Bridge High has another sure-fire D-I prospect, safety Jeron Gouveia.

"Jeron Gouveia is being recruited by many of the big schools," Stone Bridge head coach Mickey Thompson said. "I think he's going to have a lot of offers down the road."

With good size at 6'2, 185-pounds as a high school junior, Gouveia has the physical attributes to become a very good player at the next level. He is also a physical prospect, a quality coaches look for at safety and linebacker at the college level. "He's a safety for us. A big hitter at linebacker and safety."

Because of his play the past two seasons, Gouveia has received interest from colleges throughoug the United States. "Right now he's on everybody's radar," Coach Thompson noted. "He was all-state as a sophomore and again this year. He's the guy when they talk about our program that they look to. He was defensive player of the year in Virginia. He's a big play kid."

Although he is yet to pick up his first offer, Coach Thompson believes Gouveia is close to doing so. "I think he's going to have a lot of offers down the road. I think he's close with Virginia Tech and Virginia. I think the big thing for him is that he's not been to many schools. I'm trying to get him out to see more schools outside the state as well."

"He's going out to Notre Dame to visit," Coach Thompson continued. "They're very interested. I'd like to get him there and then out to some of the other schools like Wake Forest where [Devon Brown] is going. He needs to see what is out there."

Gouveia amounted over 51 tackles, 14 assists, and 3 interceptions this year in being named first team all-state. He is the son of former Washington Redskin Kurt Gouveia.

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