It’s late-January, which means that it’s technically basketball season, but also college football recruiting season. Southern and Norfolk State are two of the HBCUs that have been out acquiring talent to build its future, and both have picked up some commitments with some pretty good credentials.
Southern has had a great crop of quarterbacks the last couple of years, and it looks like Ladarius Skelton could be next in line. The 6’1, 215 pound quarterback from Pine Bluff, Arkansas has led his team to-back-to back state championships and was named MVP in both games. He was recently named the Landers Award winner, given annually to the best high school student-athlete in the state. Southern already has an established quarterback in Austin Howard, who will be entering his junior season next fall, but you can never have too much talent at quarterback.
http://katv.com/embed/sports/landers-award/pine-bluffs-ladarius-skelton-wins-2015-landers-award Situated in the football-rich Hampton Roads area, Norfolk State decided to go a bit further south to find its new signal caller.
East Wake High (NC) quarterback Tripp Harrington committed to NSU, coach Latrell Scott’s 10th early commit of 2016. Harrington threw for 2,507 yards and 24 touchdowns, and also ran for 1,187 yards and 16 touchdowns. FAU transfer Greg Hankerson figures to return as the starter for 2016, but he’s a senior so Harrington could see the field fairly early, if he stays at quarterback.
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