Perhaps Hampton University has found its running back of the future.
Paul Robertson, who rushed for 2,935 yards as a senior and led Division 6 L.C. Bird to its first state football title in 2012, committed to Hampton University, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
The Times-Dispatch cited Bird coach David Bedwell for the commitment. Robertson was virtually unstoppable in the Central Region and state playoffs, running for 1,144 yards in four games as the Skyhawks completed a 14-0 season.
According to the Times-Dispatch, after Robertson's playoff surge, Delaware, Towson, New Hampshire, Norfolk State and Temple showed interest in him.
Also, the Times-Dispatch noted that two L.C. Bird players -- defensive lineman Jay Anderson and defensive back Brandon Walker -- have committed to HU's biggest rival, Norfolk State. Anderson had three sacks in Bird's 14-10 victory over Ocean Lakes in the state final.
More football recruiting:
Thomas Dale offensive tackle Zach Rhodes committed to William and Mary, the Times-Dispatch reported, saying the 6-foot-6, 315-pounder would get half of a scholarship for football and the other half for academics.
Dale coach Kevin Tucker announced the commitment.
Old Dominion senior Mairi Buchan was named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team for the second straight year. Buchan has a 3.93 grade-point average and is majoring in biology (pre-med). ...
Host Virginia University of Lynchburg beat Apprentice School 64-56 despite Danita Whitaker’s 21 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 11 Virginia (13-3, 4-1 ACC) concluded its dual season with a 21-19 victory over Maryland, the Cavaliers' first triumph in College Park since 2005.
Wins by Joe Spisak (141), Derek Valenti (149), Jedd Moore (157) and Nick Sulzer (165) won to give U.Va. an 18-0 lead. The Cavaliers' other win came at 185 from Derek Papagianopoulos, making the score 21-10 with two bouts left.
Valenti is ranked 20th nationally in his weight class, Moore 15th and Sulzer seventh.
No. 11 William and Mary placed third at the West Point Open at the U.S. Military Academy.
No. 13 Temple claimed the team title with a 417.4 and was followed by Army (416.1), W&M (411.4), Springfield (401.4), Navy (398.15), Arizona State (395.5) and Brockport (175.350).
Tribe junior Landon Funiciello posted the meet’s top score on parallel bars (14.95) and tied for first on rings (15.1). His mark on parallel bars tied for the best in the program’s record book.
Also, freshman Neal Courter won the vault with a career-high 14.75.
Norfolk State swept Hampton 7-0 at Centre Court Racquet Club in the Pirates’ opener. ...
No. 62 North Florida beat William and Mary 4-3 at McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, though No. 2 player Aaron Chaffee, No. 4 Ben Hoogland and No. 6 John Banks won in singles for the Tribe. ...
Dartmouth beat Old Dominion 4-3 in Hanover, N.H., though Monarchs No. 1 Carlos Lopez-Villa was among the Monarchs' winners.
Norfolk State beat Hampton 6-1 in the Pirates’ opener, with No. 3 Tabita Daolio gaining HU’s only win. ...
No. 12 Virginia won 5-2 at No. 47 VCU, taking the doubles point and singles matches including Julia Elbaba, Stephanie Nauta, Maci Epstein and Erin Vierra at lines 1, 2, 3 and 5, respectively. Elbaba is ranked fourth nationally in singles, while Nauta is 23rd.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun