It seems Southside quarterbacks Brad Hudson and Dominique Marsh, rivals in high school, will be teammates at Hampton University.
Hudson, who threw for 2,218 yards and 25 touchdowns last season at Great Bridge High, and Marsh, who threw for 1,924 yards and 18 TDs at Booker T. Washington, have verbally committed to play for the Pirates.
Hudson told the Virginian-Pilot that new HU offensive coordinator Willie Snead offered him a chance to play closer to home.
"I'm excited to come home and play Division I ball," Hudson, a second-team All-Tidewater selection last year, told the Pilot. "My parents and friends can come watch me."'
Great Bridge beat Booker T. Washington in the first round of the Group AAA Division 5 playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Phoebus.
The Bookers went 13-8 in Marsh's two seasons at quarterback.
Marsh, also recruited by Snead, was headed to St. Augustine's College, a CIAA school in Raleigh, N.C., before committing to HU.
The Pirates went 6-5 last season and 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Rising senior David Legree is HU's only game-tested quarterback. Legree, who transferred from Syracuse in 2009, threw for 1,679 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2010.
Snead, who won a high school state championship at Holland Christian in Michigan in 2008 and helped Muskegon Heights (Mich.) High to a 16-8 record and a state semifinal trip last year, is installing a quick-hit spread attack in his first season at HU.
In 2010, the Pirates averaged just 17.5 points per game, 103rd in the nation, and 302 yards (93rd). HU ranked 94thh in passing offense with 156 yards per game through the air.
Melinda Waldrop covers local colleges for the Daily Press. Her blog is at dailypress.com\sports