Local college notebook: Camarco set to take soccer skills from STMA to Hens

It’s not every day that a small school like St. Thomas More sends a kid to an NCAA Division I soccer program.

But Kexxer Camarco is a pretty unique student-athlete.

On Wednesday, the senior signed a letter of intent with Delaware’s men’s soccer program, which went to the NCAA Division I Tournament last fall.

Camarco played only one season at St. Thomas More — as a freshman in 2013.

The Rehoboth Beach resident then spent two years at the Real Salt Lake Academy School in Arizona before returning to STMA this school year.

St. Thomas More’s Kexxer Camarco, joined by his parents, signs to play soccer for Delaware this week. (Submitted photo)

A defender, Camarco played for the Continental Football Club in Conshohocken, Pa, in the fall.

Camarco’s roots in soccer run deep. His father, a native of Brazil, played professionally in both his home country and the U.S. while an uncle on Camarco’s mother’s side also played the sport professionally.

“There was always a soccer ball lying around,” Camarco said in a STMA press release.

A student with a 3.94 GPA, Camarco plans on studying economics and accounting at Delaware. His brother, Kannex, plays soccer for Sussex Academy.

Henderson fits in Hens’ plans

New Delaware football coach Danny Rocco offered a glimpse of what he pictures the Blue Hens’ offense looking like.

“We want to run the ball with power and authority,” he said Wednesday in announcing his first UD recruiting class. “We’ll take shots down the field to the receivers. And we’ve got a quarterback in this class who can operate in that system.”

The QB that Rocco was referring to is Smyrna High’s Nolan Henderson, the only quarterback that the Hens signed on Wednesday.

While Henderson verbally committed to Delaware while Dave Brock was still the coach, Rocco said there was a lot to like when he looked at Henderson’s highlight tape.

“I saw an athlete that had great prescence,” said Rocco. “He had a quick release. He had real good decision-making and was able to get the ball out very quickly. He also had the ability to extend plays, move the pocket, and he had the arm strength to throw the ball down the field.

“I see an awful lot of upside in this student-athlete,” said Rocco. “His statistics speak for themselves in terms of the volume of success that he has. I see him having a very bright future here at Delaware. He’s certainly a huge ‘get’ for us.”

Something to prove

Nasir Boykin, the quarterback from Phialdelphia’s Imhotep Charter who signed with Delaware State this week, was disappointed that he didn’t draw more scholarship offers despite putting up good numbers.

“If I just keep working, somebody will notice,” he was quoted in a story on Pennlive.com during the season. “That’s what I’m hoping.”

“He always proves he’s a winner,” Boykin’s coach Mark Schmidt told Pennlive.com. “He’s a guy that’s very important to what’s going on. His athletic ability, yeah, sure, he can certainly play safety and he maybe even (can) be a receiver. He’s also a pretty darn good quarterback. Somebody’s going to take a shot on him and somebody’s going to recruit him, and when they get him, they’re going to realize what they have.”

Boykin, a left-hander, helped lead Imhotep to a 30-game winning streak and back-to-back state championship game appearances.

One of his teammates was running back Mike Waters, who was a standout freshman running back for DSU in 2016.

Lain moves on

Kobie Lain, Kenny Carter’s first quarterback recruit at Delaware State, announced he is transferring to Southern University for the final two years of his collegiate career.

Lain signed with the Hornets two years ago as Carter’s first recruiting class. He appeared in five games as a true freshman and started two, including the only victory of that season in the final game of the year where he had a rushing touchdown.

But Lain didn’t win the starting job for his sophomore season. He played in five contests but did not record a touchdown.

He finished the season with with 135 passing yards and was 17-of-32 passing attempts with an interception.

Odds & ends

•Delaware freshman Ryan Daly is on a pretty impressive free-throw streak, having made 26 foul shots in a row.

But its even more remarkable when you consider he started his college career just 27-of-48 from the line before starting that streak.

“I’ve been shooting my free throws better lately,” Daly said last week in a pretty big understatement.

•Jack McDaniels, the South County, Va. quarterback who also signed with Delaware State on Wednesday, also had offers from Drake and Davidson.

•Delaware State’s men’s basketball team will try for back-to-back wins for just the second time this season when it plays at Bethune-Cookman today at 4 p.m.

•The Hood College swimming program has three downstaters on its roster: Brianna Hand-Solomon (Dover), B.J. Daisey (Sussex Tech) and Chris Gardner (native of Smyrna).

•Dover High grad Nick Spadafino, a junior pitcher on the Delaware baseball team, is one of the Blue Hens’ captains this season. Used more as a reliever in the past, Spadafino is expected to be in Delaware’s weekend starting rotation this spring.

•The Wesley College men’s basketball team has two players in the top five in scoring in the Capital Athletic Classic: J.W. Lawson (3rd, 15.5 points) and Brian Cameron (5th, 15.2). For the Wolverine women, Smyrna High grad Alexus Stroud is fourth in the CAC (14.1 points).

•Proving once again that it doesn’t have to be spring to start playing a spring sport, the Delaware men’s lacrosse team opens its season today by hosting Bucknell at 1 p.m. The Blue Hens’ roster includes a pair of sophomores from Caesar Rodney High: defender Kevin Sheahan and midfielder Thomas Aloe.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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