A preferred walk-on opportunity at a respected academic institution in a Power Five conference was too much for Mountain View senior football standout Tyler Haskins to pass up.
Haskins held a scholarship offer from Davidson (N.C.) to play quarterback and offers to William & Mary and Brown University to play wide receiver.
But Haskins chose to walk on at Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston, Ill., near Chicago.
The Wildcats compete in the Big Ten. They recruited Haskins (6-foot, 170 pounds) as an athlete and he’s expected to play defensive back.
“I feel like it’s really a great opportunity for me athletically and academically,” Haskins said.
Haskins, who plans to major in computer science, recently took an unofficial visit to his future campus. He said immediately it felt like “home away from home,” although he said it’ll be an adjustment getting accustomed to the frigid Midwestern winters.
“The people there are really great and the good thing is it’s right outside of Chicago,” Haskins said. “It’s a great environment.”
In addition to Haskins, Mountain View senior offensive lineman Carson Cooke has committed to Christopher Newport.
NEW GAME IN TOWN
There’s a second all-star game basketball game for Fredericksburg-area senior standouts. The Central Virginia All-Star Showcase will be held March 23 at Orange High School at 7 p.m. Players from the Charlottesville and Fredericksburg areas will participate in a North vs. South format.
The game is sponsored by Tim Taylor, a former Orange boys head coach who had multiple stints as an assistant for the University of Virginia women’s team.
Meanwhile, the sixth annual Area All-Star Classic will be held April 13 at Riverbend. The girls game will start at 5 p.m. and the boys contest will follow at 7 p.m. There will also be a slam dunk contest and a 3-point shootout. Area AAU teams will play throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. leading up to the girls game.
HIRATA PLACES THIRD
Stafford senior Gennifer Hirata placed third in the Championship Division pole vault to earn All-America honors at the New Balance Nationals Indoor track and field meet last weekend in New York City.
Hirata cleared 13 feet, 2 ¼ inches. Her clearance was under her career best of 13–8, which would’ve won the event.
Massaponax sophomore Aaliyah Pyatt placed sixth in the Championship Division 400 meters to also earn All-America status. She finished the race in a school-record 54.87 seconds. Pyatt placed 16th in the 200 with a school-record time of 24.55 seconds.
The Panthers’ co-ed 1,600 relay team of Emily Catlett, James Johnson, Pyatt and Theodore Brown placed sixth in a time of 3:36.60.
PAIR PICKS MARLINS
Two Fredericksburg- area girls basketball standouts have committed to Virginia Wesleyan University. Chancellor senior’ Bianca Atkinson and homeschooled senior Lindsey Hicks have both pledged to play for the Marlins.
Atkinson was a first-team all-Battlefield District selection this past season. She was named second-team all-Region 4B. Hicks starred for the Fredericksburg Victory organization.
EAGLE HEADING NORTH
Colonial Forge senior girls soccer standout Kaylani Lee–Green has committed to Division I Howard University in Washington. Lee–Green was a second-team all-Commonwealth District selection last season. She was named honorable mention All-Area.
CROSON MAKES CALL
Spotsylvania senior baseball standout Trevor Croson will continue playing at Patrick Henry Community College.
Croson was a first-team all-Battlefield District utility player for the Knights last season. He was named second-team all-district as a shortstop. He was also a key pitcher for the Knights in their run to the Class 3 state championship.
SWINTON ADDS OFFER
North Stafford junior two-sport star Javon Swinton is continuing to heat up on the recruiting scene.
The University of Massachusetts football program extended a scholarship offer to Swinton in the past week. Swinton was a first-team All-Area wide receiver last season. He was also a standout defensive back. He received a scholarship offer to Hampton University to play basketball after his freshman season.
Old Dominion offered Swinton a football scholarship recently, as well.