No lie, I was headed to the office to write a Notebook Plus “lead” on Alex Light before I opened up an e-mail that asked why I hadn’t written anything about Alex Light.
The e-mail read, “I was wondering why Salem’s Alex Light is not getting recruited to play football? He is huge and athletic.Help a kid out and get the word out.”
Actually, Light, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman for Salem High School, is being recruited.
He will be at a camp this weekend at the University of Richmond and, if all goes well, he could be offered a scholarship.
The current Spiders’ roster includes three ex-Spartans — redshirt juniors Stephen and Reggie Barnette, as well as redshirt sophomore Seth Fisher.
Richmond plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, previously known as Division I-AA. Light does not have an offer from a Football Bowl Subdivision program, previously known as Division I-A, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been recruited.
I spoke to Light’s father, Auburn, earlier this week. He said that Wake Forest has displayed legitimate interest in Alex but that the Deacons say they will wait to offer until they can see him play in a game.
Light has considerable interest in North Carolina State, his father said.
Auburn Light said his son has been to six one-day camps this summer and that interest has been expressed by Wake, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Duke, N.C. State and Richmond.
Cincinnati assistant Robert Prunty has let it be known that he would like the Lights to call him, the only way there can be contact with a junior at this time of year.
Auburn Light said that Alex went to a one-day camp and was told by the Hokies that he would not be receiving an offer at that time. It is unlikely, at this time, that Light would choose the Hokies even if offered.
Light, also the starting center on the Salem boys’ state-championship basketball team, was rated the No. 16 junior prospect in the state by The Roanoke Times following the 2012 season.
Coleman Thomas, a center from Fort Chiswell who has committed to Tennessee, was the 15th player on that list.
Pulling up the list, I was struck – but not surprised – by the differences between that December list and the more updated lists done by rivals.com, 247sports and Chris Horne, who writes about recruiting for thesabre.com and techsideline.com
Here’s what The Roanoke Times Top 25 have done to date:
1. Woodbridge DL Da’Shawn Hand (uncommitted)
2. Virginia Beach Bayside DB Quin Blanding (UVa)
3. Burke Lake Braddock QB Caleb Henderson (UNC)
4. Virginia Beach WR Jamil Kamara (uncommitted)
5. Chesapeake Oscar Smith DL Andrew Brown (UVa)
6. Hylton Woodbridge QB Travon McMillian (Va. Tech)
7. Richmond Collegiate QB Wilton Speight (Michigan)
8. Fredericksburg Chancellor OL Steven Moss (UVa)
9. Chesapeake Oscar Smith WR Jaylen Bradshaw (Va. Tech)
10. Ocean Lakes Virginia Beach DL Derrick Nnadi (uncommitted)
11. Orange Woodberry Forest LB Greg Martini (Notre Dame)
12. Norfolk Lake Taylor DE Jalyn Holmes (Ohio State)
13. Fredericksburg Massaponax OL Vinnie Mihota (Va. Tech)
14. Fairfax Robinson RB Joe Wilson (uncommitted)
15. Fort Chiswell OL Coleman Thomas (Tennessee)
16. Salem OL Alex Light (uncommitted)
17. Ashburn Briar Woods OL Jared Coker (Bowling Green)
18. Christiansburg ATH Joey Augustin (turned 19/Concord)
19. Ashburn Briar Woods OL Nick Merletti (uncommitted)
20. Fredericksburg Massaponax RB Javonte Latney (uncommitted)
21. Richmond Hermitage OL Marius Young (Uncommitted)
22. Stafford Colonial Forge WR Daniel Ezeagwu (Uncommitted)
23. Va. Beach Green Run RB Anthony Scott (Uncommitted)
24. Mechanicsville Atlee OL Alec Eberle (Florida State)
25. Norfolk Maury ATH Davion Taylor (Uncommitted)
I’m making myself look pretty bad with this list, mostly with the players in slots 16-25, which include only one player who has committed to a I-A program so far.
At least Scott has reported offers from West Virginia, East Carolina and James Madison.
The top 15 includes most of the top 15 players, according to the current consensus, just not in the same spots.