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Tigers football recruits include four area players

Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) 21st-year Football Head Coach Marty Favret has announced his incoming recruiting class that brings 57 newcomers to the program, including four from area high schools.

An H-SC Athletics press release noted the overall class includes one transfer collegiate student-athlete and 56 first-year collegiate student-athletes from across Virginia, as well as North Carolina and South Carolina. They are set to join the Tigers beginning with the 2020 football campaign.

The area student-athletes include Nathan Brickhill and Garrett Hafley, from Buckingham County High School; Blake Barker, from Cumberland County High School; and Elijah Warner, from Fuqua School.

Blake Barker

Hafley was a difference-maker on the line for the Knights, making the 2019 All-James River District First Team as a defensive lineman. Brickhill was a key presence in the secondary and made the all-district second team at defensive back. They helped the Knights complete their return to form last year, as the team finished 10-2, advancing as far as the regional semifinals.

Though the Dukes have struggled in recent years, Barker was a stalwart on the line during his high school career, helping facilitate the success in the trenches the program experienced.

Elijah Warner

Warner was a standout quarterback and defender for the Falcons, garnering all-state selections on defense, offense and special teams this past season, during which he led Fuqua to a 9-2 overall record. He helped lead the Falcons to berths in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III state championship game in 2017 and 2018.

Favret, who is the second-winningest coach in H-SC history with 131 victories in 20 seasons and a five-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, said in the release he feels he and his staff checked all the boxes with the class of 2024 — speed, size, playmakers and terrific student-athletes.

Marty Favret

“There is no question that this influx of talent will help us right away,” he said in the release. “Kudos to my staff and the faculty/administrators that helped make this happen during this highly unusual recruiting season.”

The release included the complete list of incoming football recruits that is listed below. The list is alphabetical and includes players’ respective high schools.

Joe Ambrosi, St. Anne’s-Belfield School

Blake Barker, Cumberland County

Griff Barlow, Middle Creek (North Carolina)

Junior Barrera, Middle Creek (North Carolina)

Braeden Bowling, Green Hope (North Carolina)

Nathan Brickhill, Buckingham County

Cam Chandler, T.L. Hanna (South Carolina)

Dalton Collins, Clover Hill

Jaron Concepcion, Deep Creek

Kadari Cuffee, Grassfield

Darien Davis, Jefferson Forest

Jacob Elliott, Northside

Teddy Forde, Northern Guilford (North Carolina)

John Corey Fraser, Fork Union Military Academy

Melik Frost, May River (South Carolina)

TJ Gates, Powhatan

Kevin Gholson, Patrick Henry-Ashland

Trey Gholson, Midlothian

Nathaniel Gilbert, Lafayette

Alex Green, Portsmouth Christian School

Dorian Green, Magna Vista

Garrett Hafley, Buckingham County

David Haley, Maury

Taylor Herrera, Rock Ridge

Dylan Huggins, Liberty-Bealeton

Jaylin Jones, Rustburg

David Jorgensen, Eastern View

Tobias Lafayette, Porter Gaud (South Carolina)

George Langhammer, Patrick Henry-Roanoke

Chase Larmon, Atlantic Shores Christian School

Iceysis Lewis, Blue Ridge School

Will Matejowsky, Cary (North Carolina)

Braxton Mergenthal, Cedar Ridge (North Carolina)

John Mill, Cosby

TJ Minter, Thomas Dale

Amos Nickens, Rock Ridge

Ryan North, Brookville

Thomas O’Connor, West Point

Will Pickren, Wando (South Carolina)

Max Pietrykowski, Hampton

Bobby Pinello, Salem

Andrew Puccinelli, Benedictine College Prep (Wingate University)

Jack Reno, Paul VI Catholic

James-Ryan Salvi, Lord Botetourt

Hayden Shinn, Hilton Head Christian Academy (South Carolina)

Jason Southern, Eastern View

Alex Spangler, Eastern View

Jacob Stockton, Franklin County

Tramell Thompson, Blue Ridge School

Trevor Wade, Fluvanna County

Ricky Walker, Oscar Smith

Elijah Warner, Fuqua School

Patrick Watson, Manchester

Jamahdia Whitby, Jamestown

Brice Wilson, Nelson County

McKay Wilson, First Baptist (South Carolina)

Justice Wright, Appomattox County