Recruiting Notebook: Westfield’s Furr Flies at Prime Time’s College Showcase


November 20 - Westfield junior Derek Furr ran a 6.81 in the 60-yard dash to clock the fastest time among the 50 players that attended the Prime Time Baseball College Showcase on Nov. 10.

A 5-foot-10, 155-pound outfielder and left-handed pitcher, Furr’s time bettered the 6.91 recorded by Potomac senior Josue Cumba the previous weekend at the Prep Baseball Report Mid-Atlantic Challenge in Ruther Glen.

The best time recorded by a current Northern Virginia player is the 6.43 turned in by Sajon Belser, a senior outfielder at Riverside and College of Charleston recruit. That was clocked at the University of Oklahoma’s camp in August 2017. West Potomac junior outfielder Justin Bassett ran a 6.57 at James Madison University’s team camp in July, Riverside senior shortstop and Yale recruit Carson Swank clocked a 6.59 while at the Headfirst Honor Roll Camp in Florida earlier this month, and Colgan junior outfielder Ryley Johnson, an East Carolina commit, ran a 6.60 last year at a Sharks workout.

Furr’s performance at the showcase, which included a morning workout at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria and afternoon scrimmages at Barcroft Park in Arlington, also included recording an 80 MPH fastball. T.C. Williams junior right-hander Shane Tucker recorded the event’s top velocity, recording an 86 MPH fastball, and Oakton junior catcher Davis Kelley had the day’s best POP time - measuring the tie on throws from the plate to second base - with a 2.0.

“We were very pleased with the weekend as a whole,” said John Skaggs of Prime Time Baseball, which also held a recruiting seminar the previous night that featured Georgetown coach Pete Wilk. “The coaches who attended the showcase were pleased with the talent, [and it] gave local players an opportunity to show their skills to a multitude of college divisions close to home.”

Coaches from the following schools attended the showcase: George Mason, Georgetown, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Coppin State, the Naval Academy, Wayne State, West Chester, West Virginia Wesleyan, Hood, Marymount, Penn State-Harrisburg, McDaniel, Bethany CC, Bryant & Stratton CC, and Patrick Henry CC.

Mason to Hold Winter Showcase on Jan. 21 in Fairfax

George Mason will be holding its annual Winter Showcase Camp for high school and junior college players on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Patriots’ Raymond H. “Hap” Spuhler Field in Fairfax.

The camp will be run by Mason’s assistant coaches - Tag Montague, Brian Pugh, Tyler Nelin and Ryan Ricci - and will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Campers are able to attend as position players, pitchers, or two-way players.

For more information or to register, visit www.billbrownbaseballcamps.com.

NVTBL Hosting Recruiting Seminar, College Showcase in Coming Weeks

The Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League will be holding its annual college baseball recruiting seminar on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Langley High School, and then a winter college showcase for current sophomores, juniors and seniors on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the St. James Indoor Sports Complex in Springfield.

Scheduled to speak at the recruiting seminar are three assistant coaches, George Washington’s Rick Oliveri, Christopher Newport’s George Fisher and Johns Hopkins’ Adam Schlenoff. And the NVTBL has listed coaches from the following schools as confirmed for the college showcase: Catholic, Chowan, Gettysburg, Hamilton, Hampden-Sydney, Hood, Johns Hopkins, Marymount, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Patrick Henry CC, Randolph-Macon, Rochester, Shenandoah, Stevenson, St. Mary’s (MD), Ursinus and Washington (MD).

Both events are co-hosted by the NVTBL’s Premier Showcase League. For more information or to register, visit www.nvtblbaseball.org.

Photo of Westfield’s Derek Furr by Fred Ingham