As this historic Spring continues to wind down for nearly all schools and graduation dates for the Class of 2020 draw near, we are proud to announce three more Senior student-athletes from North Cross School have declared their college decisions and are committing to play their chosen sport at the next level.
– Isaac Harris, Class of ’20 has committed to play men’s lacrosse at Hampton University (Div I) in Hampton, VA – Jaedyn Young, Class of ’20 has committed to play football at Guilford College (Div III) in Greensboro, NC– Solomon Crockett-Eans, Class of ’20 has committed to play football at Catawba College (Div II) in Salisbury, NC
Isaac Harris has been a tremendous leader and asset for both the lacrosse and football teams during his four years at North Cross School earning a combined total of 7 varsity letters. A multi-time academic honor roll student and currently serving as the President of the SCA, Harris had an amazing fall football season at Running Back for the Raiders with the 2019 VISAA Div 2 State Football Championship and was also named both the VIC Conference and State Offensive Player of the Year. Going for not only another state championship title in the same school year, but seeking redemption from having lost in last year’s state lacrosse semi-finals, Harris was especially motivated to lead the Raiders back onto the lacrosse field this spring. Many would have anticipated the 2020 Raiders could have indeed been lacrosse state champions, like they were in 2018, but disappointedly, the season was cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although a two-time captain and multi-decorated football player, an unexpected, but definitely pleasant turn of events will enable Harris to showcase his lacrosse talents in college. “Isaac was a pleasure to coach and no doubt our team had big plans this spring ” said North Cross Boys Lacrosse Coach Chris Pollock. “Isaac always had a smile on his face, was always ready to compete, and was always up for new challenges. Personally, watching Isaac put his head down and just run through or over an opponent was always a highlight of our games! Isaac’s leadership qualities would be an asset to any program and I believe he will make Hampton University a better lacrosse team with his talent and character. I am happy he’s getting his chance to play lacrosse in college.”
Jaedyn Young has been a student at North Cross School for ten years and has earned 4 varsity letters in football and 2 varsity letters in track. He has won three VIC Conference Football Championships (2016, 2018, 2019) and one VISAA Div 2 State Football Championship (2019) and certainly had the season of his highschool career this past fall for the Raiders earning 2019 First Team All-Conf and First Team All-State honors as a Defensive Lineman. The previous spring, Young exploded onto the relatively brand new North Cross Track and Field program where he earned 2019 All-Conference and All-State Honors in the 4×100 relay, as well as All-Conference Honorable Mention in the 200m event and imagine he would have continued to excel in the 2020 track season had it not been for COVID-19 cancelling the season. “Jaedyn emerged as a talented football prospect in his junior season,” said Raiders Head Football Coach Stephen Alexander, “but he really began to blossom in the 2019 track season, where he proved he possessed college-level athleticism and speed. Jaedyn was a force at the defensive end position this past season,” continued Coach Alexander, “showing impressive pass rushing ability. Jaedyn has always been a team-first player and his willingness to fill whatever role the team needed helped the team enjoy a tremendous amount of success, including a state championship.”
A boarding student from Wytheville and the only American dorm student his first year, Solomon Crockett-Eans has been a student at North Cross for three years and earned three varsity letters in football,one varsity letter in lacrosse, as well as two varsity letters in track and field. Crockett-Eans was an important ingredient for the football team when he arrived in 2017 and then quickly made a name for himself in the state earning First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State Honors in both 2018 and 2019 as an Offensive Lineman for the Raiders.In addition to his OL dominance, Crockett-Eans was also recognized with Second Team All-Conference, as well as Second Team All-State honors as a Defensive Lineman, as he “played both sides of the ball” for the 2019 VISAA Div 2 State Football Championship Raiders’ team and was deservingly recognized for all his efforts. “Solomon showed a great amount of maturation in his three years at North Cross and that was most easily seen in the consistency of his play,” said North Cross Football Head Coach Stephen Alexander. “As usual, the football team lacked depth at the offensive and defensive line, which meant Solomon has played almost every snap of every game and the team relied on him greatly to anchor both sides of the line. His steady and reliable control of the game was a big part of our success.” A multi-time academic honor roll student, Crockett-Eans will graduate with two North Cross State Championship rings- Football in 2019 and Lacrosse in 2018! As a member of the Raider’s Track and Field team, Crockett-Eans also showed promise in the shot put event earning All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2019 and then unfortunately the 2020 track season was cancelled by COVID-19.