2006 Class: Hermitage Panthers

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In 2005, Hermitage had 4 players sign with Division I programs – Jeffrey Fitzgerald (UVA), Trae Kenney (JMU), Jameel Sewell (UVA) and Josh Vaughan (Richmond). Add this group to the players that signed scholarships in the 2003 and 2004 classes, respectively, and it’s safe to say that Hermitage is a good place to find high school football talent. It appears that will remain the case for the 2006 class.

Hermitage head coach Patrick Kane noted four players he feels has a chance to sign Division I scholarships next year. Headlining this group is a mammoth defensive tackle prospect named Isaiah Hinson .

“I would say that, just because of the position he plays and that people have difficulty finding good people at that position, the most highly recruited of the four would be Isaiah Hinson ,” Kane said. “He’s a defensive tackle. He’s 6-3, 320-pounds, has quick feet, has a big engine and moves extremely well. He started both ways for us last year, which is a rarity for a big kid. He was able to handle it and go full throttle the whole time while doing it. I think that’s the kind of position when somebody has a big defensive lineman that moves well, you get interest from all over the country in that situation.”

An all-district performer as a junior, Hinson has room to grow and should continue to get stronger and bigger before the beginning of his senior season.

“At the high school level it’s important every year to work hard in the weight room to improve the skills that you have,” Kane said. “You’re body’s growing at that point. It’s hard to believe 6-3, 320’s growing but he’s still developing his strength. I think he has excellent strength and excellent quickness but he’s going to continue to work hard in the weight room to improve those skills. That’s the main thing he focused on. And also getting his academics straight and can he work hard in the classroom so there are no issues his senior year.”

Hinson does not have an official offer at this point but is receiving mail from Division I-A schools up all over the East coast. Hermitage wide receiver prospect

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