Cavs have three skill players with offers
Cuthbertson High's football team now has three skill-position players on offense with an opportunity college football on scholarship.
BJ Muckelvene, a shifty 5-foot-11, 160-pound rising senior, received a scholarship offer from Wingate University after attending a camp at the Division II school last week, according to Cavaliers coach David Johnson.
Muckelvene caught 51 passes for 689 yards and a team-high five touchdowns in 2013. As a sophomore in 2012, Muckelvene had eight catches for 167 yards.
"BJ really started to come into his own last year," Johnson said. "Obviously the year before he was probably the third option playing with Emmitt (Afam) and Ryan (Kendall), but this past year we let him get into a position where he could make some big plays for us.
"He's starting to understand the game and he has the ability to be a great player at the next level."
According to Johnson, Muckelvene has been timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
"He's a 4.4 kid for sure," said Johnson. "Sometimes he'll run a 4.44 and sometimes it's a 4.46, so he's got college-level speed. He's very fast, quick and elusive."
Muckelvene will play opposite sophomore receiver J.T. Cauthen.
A 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, Cauthen already has offers from Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Charlotte and Old Dominion.
Johnson is also counting on senior tight end Nick Karas (6-4, 220), who had eight catches for 108 yards and a TD last season.
According to Johnson, Karas is getting "serious interest" from Bucknell, Lehigh and Richmond.
"I think our receiving corps is pretty darn good," said Johnson. "I've been fortunate in my short-lived career to coach some pretty good receivers, but from top to bottom, this might be the best receiving corps I've ever had.
"You've got a kid in BJ who can fly and take it to the house any time and then a big, physical kid like JT who's going to attract double teams. I'm really expecting Nick to have a big year for us, too. He's a phenomenal tight end."
Johnson is also excited about the arrival of junior quarterback Austin Kendall, who transferred back to Cuthbertson after a year at Charlotte Christian.
Kendall (6-2, 200) reports scholarship offers from N.C. State, Kentucky, Tennessee, Boston College, Clemson, Miami, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Charlotte.
"When any program adds a player of Austin's caliber, regardless of position, that's a game changer," said Johnson. "I thought we moved the ball well through the air last year with Stephen (Fusco), but Austin's a different player. He'll open some things up through the air and make us more dynamic on offense with his ability to stretch the field with the pass and the run. I think we'll be able to put some pressure on defenses."
High school football practice officially begins on Aug. 1.
The Cavaliers open the 2014 season at home against Parkwood on Aug. 22.