by Andy Hilton, recruit757
It didn’t take long for Richie Staton to make up his mind. The Phoebus athlete got his first offer just a few weeks ago when he got the call from none other than Head Coach Bobby Wilder himself. Staton visited ODU on Saturday and committed on the spot.
Staton camped for the Monarchs over the summer, but had their attention prior to that. He was a star for Kecoughtan through his junior season. His transfer to Phoebus in the offseason put him in a position to have an impact for the reigning Division 5 State Champions. His season has been a fantastic one, including 14 touchdowns in a variety of ways from punt and kick returns, fumble and interception returns, plus seven touchdowns as a pass catching tight end.
He’s bound to be a linebacker at ODU. At 6-1 230, he’s a heavy hitter on defense for the Phantoms, acting like a wrecking ball in the middle of the secondary.
“It’s a great experience seeing players I used to play against from other teams in the Peninsula District,” said Richie of an earlier visit to see the Monarchs in action. There are a number of ex-Phantoms on the current ODU roster, including running backs Tyree Lee and Colby Goodwyn, plus former QB Paul Morant, lineman Jonathan McLean and linebacker Caleb Taylor.
The Monarchs have established a fantastic pipeline to local talent, especially Peninsula players. Staton becomes the third PD player in the 2013 recruiting class to commit to Old Dominion, added to verbals from Hampton High School wide receiver Daquin Moore and Phoebus lineman Mark Wilson.
The Monarchs’ pipeline to The 757 continues to flow.
– Andy Hilton