With Matoaca High School’s long history of producing quality linemen, it may come as no surprise that they have another to ascend to the college ranks: senior Justin Providence.
“Justin is hard working, versatile and smart,” Matoaca coach Jay Parker said. “He brings a lot to the table as a tight end as well as a long snapper.”
The 6-3, 230-pounder can long snap, play tight end, defensive end or on the offensive line. Virginia State was the latest school to notice, hence their offer.
Riverside City College, a junior college in California, was the first to make him an offer. RCC has been in the area recruiting several Richmond-based
Alderson Broaddus, a Division II school in West Virginia, also made Providence an offer.
Virginia State has recruited many locals over the years; their roster currently boasts Chester products Kier Townsend (L.C. Bird), Stephen Mines (L.C. Bird), Jemourri La Pierre (L.C. Bird), Daniel Reid (Thomas Dale), Adonte Braxton (Meadowbrook) and Noah Pryor (Meadowbrook).
Other locals on the 2018 VSU roster
The Trojans finished 4-5 last year. Coach Reggie Barlow, who spent seven years in the National Football League, looks to continue to turn the ship around with Providence.