Matt Reidenbaugh, Tristan Leigh to Clemson, Adin Huntington to Kent State (Twitter Photos)
Matt Reidenbaugh takes the helm at Loudoun County, Adin Huntington picks Kent State, and Tristan Leigh piles up offers
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Loudoun County has a new football coach. Matt Reidenbaugh, who most recently served as the offensive coordinator for John Champe has taken over the position vacated by Tony Rayburn, who coached the Raiders for four years.
Under Rayburn, Loudoun County sported a 25-18 record, with playoff appearances in 2017, 2018, and 2019. In his last game, the raiders lost in the first round of the playoffs to then-unbeaten Liberty-Bealeton 21-14.
Reidenbaugh started with Knight head coach Jason Dawson in 2014, as the team’s offensive line coach. In 2017, he was promoted to OC, and under his guidance, Champe had a winning season every year while bumping up in classifications three times, from 3A all the way to 6A last season. They also earned playoff berths in each division.
In a tweet, posted last Thursday, Reidenbaugh wrote “Thank you to all the Champe players and families who I’ve been so lucky to work with over the past (six) years. The texts, emails, and messages today have been so humbling. A special thanks to Coach Dawson who constantly believed in me.”
Huntington to Kent State
Mountain View’s All-State lineman, Adin Huntington made his college choice several weeks ago, committing to the Flashes of Kent State.
In making the announcement on social media, Huntington tweeted a Biblical verse from Matthew, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14).
Huntington (6-0, 260), a Region 5D defensive player of the year, had attracted interest from schools as large as Penn State and Virginia. The Wildcats finished the season 10-3 and made it to the third round of the playoffs before dropping a 21-10 decision to North Stafford.
Leigh Visits Clemson; Receives Offer
Tristan Leigh, Robinson’s star junior lineman, visited Clemson Univserity over the weekend, and came back to the DMV armed with an offer to play for the Tigers.
On Saturday, Leigh posted the following:
— Tristan Leigh (@Leigh71Tristan) January 26, 2020
After a great visit, I am blessed to receive an offer from Clemson University!! #ALLIN
A 6-5 and 275 pounds, Leigh has been considered the top returning lineman in Virginia by several outlets.
Leigh’s visit was part of Clemson’s Junior Day, and the Tigers hope was to obtain some early commitments. At this juncture it is unsure if any of the invitees made a commitment.
Earlier in January, Leigh also announced a commitment to play in the 2021 All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.
– Jim McGrath