Paint Branch coach Ernie Williams has a pair of Division I-A prospects. Wide receiver Dayon Arrington is well known among college recruiters, showing well at summer camps and Virginia's 7-on-7 passing tournament. Williams said the only thing standing between the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Arrington and some scholarship offers is a better SAT score.
"He's getting enrolled in an SAT prep course and his grades continue to grow, I think he's fine," Williams said. "I don't think it will be any trouble getting him eligible."
While Arrington's stock is high, less is known about the Panthers' massive lineman, Neil Muradymov, a Russian who Williams said he had to beg to come out for the team last season. Muradymov was on the junior varsity as a freshman but played little and did not come back for his sophomore year.
"He ended up being in my website development class" that year, Williams said. "I said, 'Look, big man, you need to come out.' "
It is easy to see why Williams wanted Muradymov in uniform: The teenager is a small mountain, measuring in at 6 feet 8 and 295 pounds.
"He's going to be an outstanding player," Williams said. "He really just has one year of football experience. With his size and determination, I don't understand any school that wouldn't take a chance on him. And he's only starting to develop his body."
Maryland, Temple and Rutgers have shown interest in Muradymov, Williams said, who also must improve his SAT score.
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