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Hampton’s Finest, The 757 Will Be Featured Saturday

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Hampton’s Finest, The 757 Will Be Featured Saturday

Once again the national talent base from the eastern shores of Virginia will be featured Saturday when Virginia and Clemson face off at 3:30.  Coverage on News Radio 1070 WINA begins at 1pm.  It’s no secret that everyone in the country is after the top talent in the 757, you’ll remember names like EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor, and now of course Tahj Boyd.  Interestingly enough, Manuel, and Boyd chose to leave Virginia for big time programs like FSU and Clemson, however Virginia Head Coach Mike London thinks that trend is changing.  ”  It’s always important for schools, particularly this school, is continue the strong message of opportunity, opportunity in the classroom, opportunity on the field, opportunity in the community, whatever it is.  But these young players, these players out here would like to see their in‑state schools do well, play well.  And it’s important that we do, but it’s important that as you attract these young men, you attract the right kind of young men and the reasons they want to come to a university, and through relationships, through opportunities, through the education that this school provides, I mean, there’s so many factors, through the success of other players that are already here, that’s important. You know, players that you get change the fortunes of your teams, and if you can get some special players, as we know, both schools, this school and the other school, have had players that have done significant things at their schools, and it has led other in‑state players to say, you know what, I want to go there because of that.  It’s important that a Tra’ Nicholson or Eli Harold, that they do well to attract other in‑state players.”

Two players that will be featured are the quarterbacks, David Watford, and Tahj Boyd.   Boyd, a 5th year senior is a graduate of Phoebus High School in the Hampton Roads area, and Watford played for Mike Smith at Hampton High School.  Watford described his relationship with Boyd yesterday when addressing the media.  ”  As I was growing up it was Tyrod Taylor and then Tahj Boyd and I came after those two.  I worked out with him before, just trying to learn from that guy.  I saw what he was doing and how good he was and the potential that he had, and he kind of took me under his wing when I was in high school so we’re pretty close from that.”   Watford is coming off of his best game as a college quarterback, he was 43-61 and threw for 376 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.  However many observers believe Watford is on the edge of a break out performance, and the Cavaliers would love to see it Saturday to try and upset a top ten team, and end a five game losing streak.  Coverage begins on the flagship station live at 1pm Saturday.