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Chantilly Star Looking for a Chance

Colleague B.J. Koubaroulis caught up with the folks out at Chantilly and filed this report:

Chantilly Coach Mike Lalli is extremely frustrated that his star running back Torrian Pace has yet to receive a scholarship offer.

This is not uncommon among coaches, who are usually trying to pump their players' recruiting status, but Pace -- regarded as one of Virginia's best backs -- seems to be slipping through the cracks.

Pace, a 5-10, 220-pound load, is leading the area in rushing with 1,522 yards and 21 touchdowns, but Lalli said that inconsistent 40-yard dash times, anywhere from 4.6 seconds to 4.8 seconds, have scared off recruiters.

"No one has offered him," Lalli said. "It's upsetting. They don't think he's fast enough. That's it. Nobody's willing to even give him a shot right now. He's very frustrated because he's worked real hard in the offseason and he's having a real good year."

Pace rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns last week to help Chantilly (7-2, 4-2 Virginia AAA Concorde District) beat Centreville 34-14. The victory snapped a 12-year losing streak to Centreville.

During Chantilly's three game-winning streak - which helped the Chargers clinch their third straight playoff berth - Pace has averaged 229.3 yards per game, 10.5 yards per carry and 3.3 touchdowns per game.

"We are expanding our search to more schools," Lalli said. "We've got a mail-out about to go out to about 40 more schools."

Senior Andrew Crawford, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive lineman and Pace's primary run-blocker, has been offered a scholarship to Monmouth and a preferred walk-on status at Maryland, according to Lalli.

Check back on Thursday for a Recruiting Spotlight that features both Pace and Crawford.

By Josh Barr  | October 28, 2008; 9:23 AM ET
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