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Two Top Backs on One Team

Just got off the phone with Good Counsel football coach Bob Milloy, who, naturally, called me wondering how he could buy NCAA tournament tickets for this weekend at Verizon Center, since his wife and daughter are Purdue alums. (Best answer: Call the Purdue ticket office and hope it has some extra tickets.)

Anyway, I took the opportunity to chat about running back Caleb Porzel's recent commitment to Virginia and see what is new with All-Met running back Jelani Jenkins.

First, Jenkins, who recently picked up offers from USC, UCLA, Ohio State and Michigan, Milloy says. "We all know it doesn't get that much better than USC, whether you want to go that far or not," Milloy said. "But he's a different guy. He's not too impressed with all that stuff. I don't know what he's going to do. Probably he'll go to Maryland or Virginia."

Still, Jenkins plans a West Coast trip next month to see USC, UCLA and Stanford.

Milloy said that UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel called from an airport on the way to a coaching clinic in Las Vegas. Broaching the geographical distance from Washington to Los Angeles, Neuheisel said that he was playing golf the next day with St. Albans alum -- and former All-Met Player of the Year -- Jonathan Ogden and that former UCLA standout Kenny Easley is from Norfolk. "If we get him out here, he'll never want to leave," Milloy said Neuheisel told him.

As for Porzel, Milloy said that he visited Maryland and then Virginia and that the second visit "just knocked his socks off." Porzel, Milloy and Good Counsel assistant Kevin McFadden discussed the player's options afte the trip and then -- unbeknowst to the coaches -- Porzel went ahead and committed to Virginia.

"This year, Bryan Murray and Cory Boatman both lost scholarships by not committing right away," Milloy said. "Bryan got his back, to Boston College, but Cory lost his to Rutgers. I know that was weighing [on Porzel]. He liked Virginia. It was by far the best school that offered him except Maryland."

By Josh Barr  | March 17, 2008; 10:26 AM ET
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