A conversation Thursday with Fork Union Military Academy football coach John Shuman yielded some updates on the players he will be sending to Virginia and Virginia Tech next season.
All four signed with Tech and UVa last winter and the three Tech recruits — running back D.J. Reid, cornerback Cequan Jefferson and safety Holland Fisher — should be available for spring ball in Blacksburg.Shuman’s observations:
“D.J. Reid … explosive player, rotated in with three other running backs, ended up with 600 yards [and] four touchdowns. I think he’s pretty good.
“Cequan Jefferson was a cornerback. Ended up with three interceptions. Put on 10-15 pounds. Got good size, good speed. We liked him a lot. He’s real close to getting his eligibility, so he should be OK.
“Holland Fisher played free safety, had one interception, had a couple sacks. He’s a pretty good player. I think Fisher will be more of an outside linebacker.
“He’s got good speed, good range. With what they like to do, I think he’ll that rover-whip type guy.”
Reid is already eligible and Jefferson and Fisher “should knock it out with this next class” which ends Dec. 12, Shuman said.
Shuman said that 2013 UVa quarterback signee Corwin Cutler will be at FUMA all year.
“That’s Virginia’s policy,” Shuman said. “We met with the dean of admissions last Thursday and he wanted to make sure [Cutler] was in the right courses. He wanted to keep him in courses after Christmas where he will read and write a lot. We will do that.
“He still has some work to do on his SATs.”
Cutler sufferred a torn anterior ligament that prematurely ended his career at Ocean Lakes in the fall of 2012. His playing status at Fork Union was up in the air.
“He played significantly in the last three games,” Shuman said. “He wasn’t bad. He’s got a strong arm. He’s elusive. He’ll run the option. He got his confidence back.
“I didn’t think we’d get anything out of him but he surprised me. He looks like [ex-UVa quarterback] Aaron Brooks. He’s a big, tall, lanky guy with a bullet for an arm.”
Shuman says his sleeper this year is Jacob Fieler, a 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman Jacob Fieler, originally from Parkersburg, W.Va. Fieler is the younger brother of Chase Fieler, one of the stars for Florida Gulf Coast in its NCAA basketball tournament run.
Shuman says that Fieler has eight offers, mostly from Football Championship Subdivision teams but also from soon-to-be FBS member Old Dominion. If Penn State does not get a lineman that it has ahead of Fieler, the Nittany Lions will take Fieler, Shuman said