Viva Loudoun college intern Joe Bushrod a graduate of Loudoun County High School and current student at Old Dominion University, has been scouting the returning Loudoun football players and will offer his top 5 at each position. Previously Joe covered the:
- Top 5 quarterbacks
- Top 5 offensive guards/centers
- Top 5 offensive tackles
- Top 5 defensive ends
- Top 5 tight ends
- Top 5 running backs
- Top 5 defensive backs
- Top 5 linebackers
Today he continues with his top 5 linebackers and the No. 1 returning player at this position is Brandon Polk of Briar Woods.
1. Brandon Polk (JR) Briar Woods 5’9 150
The definition of breakaway speed lies in the legs of Briar Woods’ top wideout Brandon Polk. Coming in as the top receiver to watch this season, Polk is looking to build on the success he saw in his sophomore campaign. There isn’t a player in the area that can track him down from behind, so coaches better stress taking proper angles when gameplanning for Briar Woods. The top end speed is not necessarily something you can practice for because Brandon is just on another level. In the 2013 Brandon Polk was the Virginia State Champion in the 100m and 200m with times of 10.65 and 21.74.
Running routes is not the only part of his game as he often exploits the defense by catching a jet sweep or a reverse up and around the edge for a big gain. Having the area’s top rated quarterback in Trace McSorley is only going to assist Brandon in having an explosive junior year. With Briar Woods losing a few targets to graduation, expect Brandon Polk to see a much higher number of passes coming his way.
2. D’ante Yarborough (SR) Stone Bridge 5’10 160
The most difficult choice for the wide receiver group was picking between the highly talented receivers in Brandon Polk and D’Ante Yarborough. Just like Polk, you will probably never see a high school player chase down Yarborough once he is past the defense. Yarborough arguably had the best season for any wide receiver in the area in 2012. In my opinion, D’Ante Yarborough operates best in the slot where he can work the middle of the defense. No matter if he is out the wideout, wingback, or slot Yarborough runs very fluid routes without having to change his pace. This comes in handy as he often catches the ball and makes defenders miss as he glides on in for six. Unfortunately for Yarborough, he does not have the senior leader at quarterback that he had last season so his numbers may be a little harder to come by. With that being said, D’Ante Yarborough is No. 2 on this list but other factors are also accounted for on these lists.
3. Jordan Fisher (JR) Tuscarora 6’1 195
No. 3 on this list hails from Tuscarora High School and goes by the name Jordan Fisher. Switching it up from the top two receivers on this list, Jordan Fisher is a much larger and stronger receiver. At 6’1 195lbs, Fisher is a difficult matchup for most cornerbacks. Although Fisher may not have the speed or agility of a Polk or Yarborough, Fisher shows a good ability to change direction when being used in the screen game. One area that stands out to me is his willingness to block. No other receiver on this list gets moved into the backfield so that he can play fullback and open up holes for the run game.
4. Melvin Holland Jr.(SR) Briar Woods 6’3 190
Melvin Holland Jr. makes his way on to his second top 5 list, posing as a wide receiver this time. Holland Jr. has the ability to play any of the wide receiver positions but he lines up as Briar Woods’ best X-receiver on majority of plays. In double tight end scenarios, he sneaks into the box and plays tight end opposite of the young and talented Mark Birmingham. No matter where he lines up on the offensive side of the ball Holland Jr. is a tremendous threat to any defense. Whether he is displaying his soft hands by catching a pass or showing his head-hunting mentality by throwing a nice block, he is a talented weapon for the Falcons. At 6’3 he may not appear like a speedy wideout but when his strides open up he’s often the fastest player on the field.
5. Chuck Davis (JR) Broad Run 5’9 155
To round up the wide receiver portion of our scouting report we have Broad Run Spartan Chuck Davis coming in as the 5th receiver to watch. If Brady Reitzel and the rest of the Spartans plan on having a successful year in the passing game, Chuck Davis is going to be the go-to-guy. Already coming in as a 1st team all-district defensive back, Davis displays a God given talent to make plays. Do not be surprised if you find Davis on both the offensive and defensive all-district teams this season. One asset of his game that is unmatched by many are the arsenal of moves he tends to fake all defenders with. Often lining up in every position a back or receiver can play, Chuck Davis can just simply do it all. Coaches better keep Davis a high priority in terms of the gameplan because if not, he will be sure to go for six at least once.
Others to watch:
Antonio Jackson (JR) Loudoun County- 6’2 165
Atticus Keane (SR) Loudoun Valley- 5’9 172
Tylon Lynch (SR) Stone Bridge- 5’11 175
Brandon McGurk (SR) Loudoun Valley- 5’9 160
Dylan Mellor (JR) Woodgrove- 6’170
Chad Smith (JR) Dominion- 6’4 215
Braedon Urie (SR) Woodgrove- 5’10 175