Bulldogs catching eyes

Published 10:20 pm Friday, June 16, 2017

Various members of the King’s Fork High School football team have picked up offers and other college interest as they head into the summer.

The Bulldogs have caught the eyes of numerous colleges locally and around the country. After a first year under coach Scottie Littles in which King’s Fork made the 4A East playoffs, the team is receiving attention. A strong season by many of the players have colleges interested in what King’s Fork can deliver this season.

King’s Fork has sent its fair share of players to colleges and major NCAA Division I programs, and more look to be coming. 2013 King’s Fork graduate Chuck Clark recently was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, which shows there is talent in the kennel.

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“I think our kids do a job,” Littles said. “They are working really hard to get themselves in position to get to the next level.”

Junior defensive back Chris Shearin has an offer on the table already from the University of Virginia and has visited with other major programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sophomore defensive tackle Treyshawn Mitchell has been making a lot of noise among college coaches. He already has three scholarship offers from the likes of Temple University, Virginia Tech and East Carolina University, with more to come. Running back Darran Butts eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing and was a big playmaker for the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball. He has been offered a scholarship by University of Virginia-Wise.

On the defensive side of things, Terrell “T.J” Hart, a 4A All-State defensive back, has interest from schools such as Old Dominion University, North Carolina State University, Norfolk State University and the University of Richmond. Last season, Hart broke the King’s Fork record for interceptions in a season with 11. Linebacker Devin Chambliss has a scholarship offer from Alabama State University. Other schools such as James Madison University are also high on both him and Hart as well.

Cherrod Joe, a senior who broke receiving records for King’s Fork last year, is also gaining interest from schools like the rest of his teammates. Even though these players have received a heavy amount of interest, Littles feels more will come for a lot of his other players. A lot of underclassmen are being heavily sought after, which means the future is bright for King’s Fork football.

“This is great for the program and for those who are coming up,” Shearin said.

“We have a lot of guys who are doing well,” Littles said. “We have some big time players in this program, from underclassmen to seniors. I’m just happy for the guys. Everyone is doing well on the field and classroom.”

Littles is currently in his first full offseason with the Bulldogs since being hired in April of 2016. It will be interesting to see what the Bulldogs can do in a full year with Littles come fall.

King’s Fork went 4-7 last fall.