Thomas Dale DE Bryce Carter (Photo: Mike Caudill/recruit804)
Liberty comes calling for Thomas Dale Trio
by Byron Jones, recruit804
After being dismissed from Ole Miss in 2016, Hugh Freeze took some much-needed time away from football. On December 7th,2018 Liberty University gave Freeze an opportunity to resurrect his coaching career by naming him the new Head Coach of the Flames. Since that day in December, Freeze and his staff have made it apparent that they are ready to take Liberty University football to the next level.
The Flames landed a late-commitment for the 2019 class from four-star CB Tayvion “Tank” Land (originally committed to Maryland), back in January, and now they have offered a talented trio from Thomas Dale High School.
Bryce Carter (2021 DE 6-3 260), Jasiah Williams (2020 ATH 5-11 170), and Crishaun Saunders (2020 CB/WR 6-2 185) each picked up an offer from the Flames earlier this week. For Carter, this is his seventh official Division I offer (Virginia Tech, UVA, Duke, Wake Forest, Pitt, ECU). When asked about his off-season summer plans, Carter stated, “I intend on visiting many of the schools that have offered me thus far.” Carter finished last season with 100 total tackles (60 solo), four sacks, and three pass deflections. In addition, he was tabbed a first team All-Region 6B selection.
“Bryce picked up East Carolina and Liberty as a direct result of his work on the field last fall along with his work in the weight room this off-season. He’s up to 260 pounds and he is 6’3”. Colleges are drooling over him I expect him to be at 10 to 15 offers by the end of the spring and after his junior year, he should be in the neighborhood of 30+ offers,” explained Head Coach Kevin Tucker.
Thomas Dale athlete Jasiah Williams list now stands at three. Kent State and West Point were the first two to offer the versatile playmaker a chance to play Division I football. “Coach Ricky Hunley came to visit me at school and extended the offer. At this point, they are looking to play me at safety,” he explained.
After spending his freshman and sophomore seasons at Dinwiddie, Jasiah transferred to Thomas Dale for his junior season. Jasiah only appeared in five games last season due to an injury he sustained against L.C. Bird. In those five contests, Williams completed 14 of 27 pass attempts, for 149 yards, and a TD. On the ground, he recorded 185 yards and two scores. Defensively, he notched 35 tackles (17 solo) and six pass deflections. According to Coach Tucker, “Jasiah is by far one of the hardest working kids that we’ve ever had play for us. He’s very coachable and he’s a quarterback on both sides of the ball in terms of leading his team.”
In preparation for his senior season, Williams told recruit804 that he intends on making the most of his time with his teammates and family. “I’ll pretty much be working with Coach Tucker and the team in the weight room. Right now, we ‘re doing install for offense and defense every Tuesday. The older guys are helping the young guys learn the system in order to prepare for the season as best as possible.”
He continued, “I definitely plan on traveling this summer to a couple of schools. I don’t know exactly which ones yet but I’ll surely make a few trips. I really want to make sure I get a great amount of time back home with my team, friends and family being that this will be my last “free” summer since I’m graduating and going to school next June.” Williams has drawn additional interest from JMU, Howard, ODU, UMass, ECU, Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest, Air Force, and the University of Richmond.
Crishaun Saunders is now holds two Division-I offers. His first came from ODU and the hard-hitting defensive back is looking for more. “Coach Tucker and I have talked to fifteen other schools. Right now, I’m just blessed to receive the offers that I have. This summer, I’m focusing on expanding my leadership role on the team, and plan on attending camps at Liberty, ODU, Appalachian State, Charlotte, and Wake Forest.”
As a junior, Saunders made 65 tackles (41 solo) and 14 pass deflections for a Knights defense that allowed 20 points per game. Coach Kevin Tucker stated, “Crishaun has really come a long way since his freshman year. He’s been able to put on weight and get his body in the best physical shape that it’s ever been on the field. He’s always been one of the most athletic kids I’ve ever coached and now that his size is coming, colleges are taking notice in a hurry.”
The 2019 season is shaping up to be a big one for Thomas Dale. In addition to these three, the Knights are led by Mr. Chris Tyree, one of the nations most coveted running backs for the class of 2020. Should the Knights not fall ill to the injury bug that plagued them last season, they will be considered a top contender for the Division 6 title.
– Byron Jones