Around noon on the final Thursday of June, the football program from Falls Church High was broken up into four small groups across two turf fields, a distance of about 40 yards between them.
Each pack of players had one coach with it, and he wore a mask at all times. There were no footballs or any other significant equipment. Trying to stay distanced as much as they could, the players ran through conditioning drills.
Caleb Williams, dedicated to a future in football since he was little, has long been a coveted quarterback. Coming out of St. Pius X middle school in Bowie, he had offers to play for most of the top private high school programs in the D.C. area, plus plenty of others, including IMG Academy in Florida.
He and his family evaluated every inch of every option. They chose Gonzaga, moved into a Northwest Washington apartment overlooking the Eagles’ football field and shifted their focus to maximizing Williams’s high school career.
Before his head shot appeared on online recruiting services, Paul VI guard Trevor Keels raked in scholarship offers from Power Five basketball programs.
Three games into his high school career, Wake Forest offered. Duke, North Carolina and Villanova followed. In recent weeks, though, Keels hasn’t felt satisfied with those top programs being his only options.
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