Exit 87 off I-95. North on U.S. 17. Right on Harris Trail.
Those are directions college football coaches from near and far are becoming very familiar with as more and more of them make recruiting trips to Richmond Hill High School.
“I probably spend two hours a day talking to college coaches,” Wildcat Coach Matt LeZotte said. “It’s a great problem to have.”
The visits have ramped up now that Richmond Hill is in the midst of spring practices, which conclude next Friday with a Black & Gold scrimmage. Richmond Hill Middle School takes the field at 5 p.m., followed by the high school around 6:15 p.m.
Two underclassmen, Sam James and Brian Hughes, have already received multiple Division I offers, including Georgia Tech and South Carolina for James and Georgia Southern and Southern Miss for Hughes. On a recent day, recruiters from Indiana University, Samford University and Army chatted among themselves on the sidelines as they watched practice.
“A lot of guys on our team want to be seen, and there’s no better platform,” LeZotte said. “This is a unique opportunity for all of them.”
Georgia High School Association rules allow for 10 days of spring practice between Feb. 1 and the end of the school year. If a school chooses not to have spring practice, it can hold an additional pre-season scrimmage in the fall. Bryan County, for example, opted for the latter.
“These two weeks are a good chance to focus on the basics and knock the rust off,” LeZotte said. “The guys need to change their thinking back to football after being off for a few months.”
LeZotte said coaches use the time to work on fundamentals and install base offensive and defensive plays.
“That’s something we can build on during 7-on-7 over the summer and get ready for August,” LeZotte said.