Virginia Football Recruiting Week In Review: Bissinger, Memorial Take The Field

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Virginia-bound offensive lineman Joe Bissinger and his Memorial High School teammates didn’t get a win in their season opener last Friday night, falling to Cinco Ranch by a score of 47-10. The bigger story here, though, is that Memorial and other Houston (TX)-area schools were able to take the field in the wake of devastating flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Good to see them back on the field!

While Bissinger took the field the first time this season, a number of his future classmates didn’t play this past week. The list includes: Quarterback Wyatt Rector, wide receivers Tavares Kelly (Hurricane Irma) and Wooby Theork (bye), offensive lineman Martin Weisz (Hurricane Irma), and linebackers Case Gatlin (bye) and TC Harrison (bye), and cornerback DJ Brown (bye).

Below is a rundown of how the rest of UVA’s 2018 Class performed on the gridiron last week. Highlights are courtesy of

Ugo Obasi, WR/DB, Milford Mill (Baltimore, MD)

Make it two straight wins for Milford Mill, which improved to 2-1 after dispatching of Randallstown, 55-6. Per, Obasi had one reception for 25 yards and a touchdown. He added a rush for 14 yards as well.

Derek Devine, OL, North Allegheny (Wexford, PA)

North Allegheny defeated Shaler Area, 55-7. Devine and company evened their 2017 record at 2-2.

Bobby Haskins, OL, The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.)

Two games, two dominating wins for The Hun School. Last week, Hun blanked Stellar Prep, 48-0.

Will Lawrence, OL, Harding Academy (Memphis, TN)

A rough 2017 season continued for Harding Academy. The Lions dropped to 0-5 after last week’s 40-27 loss to St. George’s.

Emmett McNamara, OL/DL, Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, N.J.)

McNamara and his Red Bank Catholic teammates scored a 60-41 win over Middletown North and are now 2-0 on the season.

Bryce Ramer, DL, Beaver Area (PA)

Beaver Area fell to Quaker Valley, 45-21. This is the team’s second straight loss after winning its first two.

Samson Reed, DL, Kahuku (HI)

Kaiser, which was supposed to be Kahuku’s opponent last week, has forfeited the rest of its season. The Raiders get a win and are now 5-1.

Javar Garrett, LB, The Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.)

Garrett’s 33-yard interception return for a touchdown was part of a 62-0 blowout victory over Wyoming Seminary Prep. The Peddie School is 1-1.

Grant Misch, LB, Potomac Falls (VA)

Potomac Falls has rebounded nicely after dropping its first two games of 2017. A 37-21 win over Langley last week is the school’s second straight victory, evening the season mark at 2-2.

Noah Taylor, LB, Avalon School (Gaithersburg, MD)

Avalon School was on the losing end of a 30-14 decision against Bullis. Avalon falls to 1-2. Taylor made several nice plays — including a sack — in the loss. Check out highlights below.

Joseph White, DB, Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA)

Landstown’s Eagles kept its outstanding play going last week, beating Princess Anne, 33-7, to move to 4-0.

Hunter Pearson, PK/P, Seneca (S.C.)

Pearson kicked an extra point but Seneca lost to Easley, 23-7. Seneca is now 2-3.

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