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Matoaca football players Troy Lewis (13) and Jacob Coleman (11) line up for the coin toss with teammates Brayden Spade (51) and Marcus Dreher (1) and Michael Murphy. 

Two rising seniors at Matoaca, Troy Lewis and Jacob Coleman, have committed to play football at East Carolina.

Lewis and Coleman are good friends, and there was always a chance they’d end up at the same college, Matoaca coach Jay Parker said.

“East Carolina has been recruiting both of them since they were freshmen,” Parker added.

Both players took numerous visits to the school and got to know the coaching staff before the coronavirus shut down face-to-face recruiting this spring.

Lewis (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) is a wide receiver and cornerback who also had offers from William & Mary, Navy and Harvard. He owns a 3.9 GPA.

Coleman (6-3, 215) is a tight end, slot receiver and punter. He also had offers from James Madison, Old Dominion and Rutgers.

There already are two Matoaca football alumni at ECU, Immanuel Hickman and Jonathan Coleman, who is Jacob’s older brother. Plus, Matoaca alumnus Byron Thweatt is an assistant there.

The Class of 2021 will be one of Matoaca’s best in recent years. Quarterback Devin Bailey has a walk-on offer from Virginia Tech, and numerous other players are college caliber. But because many youth players have been unable to go to college camps or be seen in person, it’s been tougher for them to secure offers.

Parker said many of the mid-range recruits need senior film in order to get offers.

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Eric Kolenich is a news and sports reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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