Hopewell RB Kaiveon Cox (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit804)
UVA-Wise passes through Hopewell with offers for Kaiveon Cox, Ronald Webster
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Hopewell has been a very dominant player in Class 3A since the arrival of Coach Ricky Irby in 2012. Since his arrival, the Blue Devils have posted a record of 60-31, advanced to postseason play seven-consecutive seasons, and knocked off Heritage (Lynchburg) in 2017 to win their first state championship since the 2003 season. Combine that with the academic excellence that exudes off of all its student-athletes and you have the makings of a very well-rounded program.
As with every season, the Blue Devils will have to move forward without some of its familiar faces that have dominated the gridiron over the course of the last few seasons. Prospects such as Sean Wood-Allen, Zyreon Jones-Walker, Kadarius Singleton, Preston Haden, Jayden Kelley, and Keyonte Tarver among others are all prepared to take their talents to the next level of development. This will pave the way for multiple prospects to step up this season such as Reggie Ruffin (2021 DE 6-3 202), Robert Briggs (2021 RB 5-7 174), and TreVeyon Henderson (2021 DB/WR 5-10 190) Make no mistake though, these are all prospects that have impacted the Blue Devils on either the offensive or defensive side of the ball over the last few years so this should come as no surprise.
Two other prospects that are prepared to make a huge impact during the upcoming season are Kaiveon Cox (2020 RB/LB 6-1 195) and Ronald Webster (2020 OL 6-5 295). Coach Irby has confirmed that both student-athletes recently secured offers from UVA-Wise on Thursday afternoon which is actually the first of its kind for Webster. The rising senior had a very productive junior campaign helping anchor and offense that averaged upwards of 35 points per contest. Webster was also an All-Region first team selection in route to helping guide Hopewell to yet another postseason appearance.
Kaiveon Cox has maximized his brand tremendously over the off-season securing an additional offer from Virginia State just last weekend. The Hopewell product played in all 11 games last year for the Blue Devils accumulating 61 tackles and six sacks on the defensive side of the ball. He also shared touches out of the backfield with primary rusher Robert Briggs accumulating 532 yards on 66 carries and 10 touchdowns. Expect this combination to do sizable damage with a fully healthy Briggs and Trey Henderson also securing additional touches.
– Brandon Mitchell