It's supposed to be a pretty special football season in Virginia this season. Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
is ranked 20th nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25
. Several others – including Phoebus (Hampton)
– is knocking on the Top 25 door. A trio of quarterbacks, led by Fork Union Military Academy's Christian Hackenberg
(No. 64), head six recruits among the top 100 in the nation. And the 2014 class is supposed to be even better.
Virginia's football strength has spread pretty wide, evidently, all the way to the White House.
Vice President Joe Biden made an impromptu visit to George Washington (Danville, Va.)
High School on Monday. He gave a speech to the team, retold glory stories and even called a play in the huddle.
What prompted the visit is sort of unclear, other than he was in Virginia campaigning for President Obama and this was the first day of practice.
According to WSET-TV
, Biden told the team: "You guys have had some great teams down here." He then rekindled his playing days in Delaware. "I was a runner up in my state scoring championship in little old Delaware." Individual scoring titles are usually associated with basketball, but he told the team: "Obama played basketball. I played football."
Assistant George Washington coach David Martin told the TV station: "A friend of mine called me on the phone as soon as he left and asked me
what I was doing and I told him, you wouldn't believe me if I told you.
And he says, well try me. And I told him, I just got through getting
smacked in my chest by the Vice President of the United States."
Said assistant coach Dave Hoskins: "These kids are going to remember this for the rest of their life, and
that's what it's all about."
Supposedly, Biden promised a return visit if George Washington wins a state title. That should be shortly after election day. George Washington went 6-5 last season. See the Eagles' team preview