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Lee's Augustus Off to Running Start

I've been told by several sources wishing to remain anonymous that Lee running back Idreis Augustus' main reason for leaving Paul VI Catholic -- where he rushed for more than 2,500 yards in the previous two years -- was because he and his family were not pleased with how his college recruitment was being handled at the Fairfax private school.

Augustus, a 5-foot-9, 190-pounder who reportedly can run a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, played in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference among powers like DeMatha, where he was well-regarded within the conference but overshadowed by its stars.

Now at Lee, playing with all of his former peewee league teammates as well as linebacker Eric Wright (who also defected from PVI), Augustus is shining bright.

"He's the best player in the Northern Region," said Lee Coach Rob Everett, who told me earlier this year that he ever since he took over the Springfield program he never stopped maintaining contact with Augustus and his family.

The tactic drew Augustus back to No. 18 Lee, a perennial bottom-dweller within its conference that enters Friday's battle against perennial power Westfield (1-2) favored to win. The Lancers (3-0) are favored in large part because of Augustus, who is the area's fourth leading rusher with 577 yards and five touchdowns on 35 carries. Those numbers make him the Virginia AAA Northern Region's leading rusher.

The numbers, however, aren't as good as they might be, if Augustus weren't sharing carries with Jazmier Williams (33 carries, 263, 5 TD). Williams rushed for 1,000 yards last year as did returning Lee QB Greg Lopez, a dual threat that has also eaten away at Agustus' workload with 37 carries for 270 yards.

"Just imagine what [Augustus] would be doing if he had more carries," Everett said.

By B.J. Koubaroulis  |  September 24, 2009; 8:39 PM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , AAA Concorde District , AAA Liberty District , AAA National District , AAA Patriot District  
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