Delaware State's McBride and Green paying big dividends
A look at the HBCU schools.
Updated: September 12, 2007, 5:21 PM ETBy Donald Hunt | Special to ESPN.com
Delaware State did not have to go very far to land wide receiver Shaheer McBride and defensive back Akeem Green.Hornets coach Al Lavan and his staff had to travel only 75 miles up the road to Philadelphia to recruit McBride and Green, who have helped Delaware State to a 2-0 record. "We've been able to get some good players from the Philadelphia area," Lavan said. "So often times in the city, and especially the inner city, going back to when I came from the inner city of Newark, [N.J.], a long time ago, many people don't go into those areas very strongly. But for us, it's where we can locate the young men who want to come to Delaware State. Akeem and Shaheer are from those areas like Philadelphia where they can help build our program."
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