by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Virginia Beach’s latest All-American quarterback has an athletic pedigree, fantastic grades and a bright future ahead of him. The names that come to mind might be quarterbacks at Bayside, Ocean Lakes or Salem. You have to think younger…
Princess Anne Middle School quarterback Tyler DeSue was named an All-American by Junior Rank for his performance at the Virginia Beach Diamond Flight Camp last May, for his continued brilliance on the field, and for his achievements in the classroom. Tyler will travel to Los Angeles to play in the Junior Rank Academic All-American game on January 4.
The soon to be 13-year-old already stands tall in the pocket at 5-10 and 145 pounds. He also has the benefit of calling former Kempsville Chief and Clemson Tiger running back Tony DeSue his uncle. It’s in the blood.
Tyler played middle school football for the P.A. Panthers and is currently competing with the AYF Virginia Cavaliers to earn a trip to Florida to participate in the AYF Jr. Midget National Championships. The Panthers finished the season 7-0. They were Hampton Roads Conference Champions and are ranked #3 in the National AYF Rankings. In the six regular season games (one was decided by forfeit), Tyler scored 5 TDs rushing and threw another 15 touchdown passes.
“We are very proud of Tyler for being selected to the JuniorRank Academic All-American game,” said his proud father, Damon. “Not only is Tyler being recognized for his hard work on the field this past summer and during the football season but he is also being recognized for his hard work in the classroom. As a parent we couldn’t be more proud and excited for his future athletically, but more importantly, academically. We have been very impressed with the Junior Rank experience and look forward to watching all of the kids play in January.”
Of course, Tyler is pumped about the potential of playing in the AYF Junior Midget National Championships, and the Junior Rank Academic All-American nod is a huge honor at the end of a great year.
“I’m very excited about being selected to compete with some of the best athletes my age,” Tyler said. “My goal was to get invited to this game. Going to the Junior Rank camps really prepared me for this football season. Participaing in this game was a goal that I set after my first camp in March. Thanks to Junior Rank and to all my coaches, especially Coach Carson, my quarterback coach, for helping me achieve this goal. I can’t wait to hit the field in January.”
Junior Rank’s postseason event include the USMC Semper Fidelis Bowl for high school seniors, the Proving Ground All-American Combine for high school juniors and seniors looking to raise their stock with college recruiters, and the Academic All-American Game for Middle School athletes. Last year, Norfolk Christian defensive end and now UVA Cavalier Courtnye Wynn played in the Semper Fi Bowl. Western Branch running back and UConn commit Josh Marriner competed in last year’s Proving Ground Combine and was a finalist in the National Fastest Man competition.
Junior Rank CEO Shaon Berry is very clear about the values that his company embraces.
“The Junior Academic All-American Game is about much more than being able to play football at a high level,” said Berry in a press release about the DeSue nomination. “These guys are the best in the country at their age and positions but more importantly, they are the best in the classroom and bright lights in their community. When football is all done some day, and that day comes for everybody that plays, those additional character traits and achievements that we require for participation are the things that will remain well after the sport and the things that we believe, truly matter.”
Congrats to Tyler DeSue! We’re sure he’ll do The 757 proud in his postseason appearances.
– Andy Hilton
Junior Rank’s Diamond Flight Camp will be coming back to Virginia Beach next Spring! Check back with recruit757 after the first of the year when we start to roll out next year’s camp and combine calendar on the front page of recruit757.com.