Matoaca National Signing Day 2019 (Photo: Byron Jones/recruit757)
Matoaca sends two to ECU, one to Virginia State
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Matoaca defensive end Immanuel “Manny” Hickman (2019 DE 6-3 260) reveled on National Signing Day that he would be joining Mike Houston and the East Carolina University Pirates. Hickman who decommitted from Cincinnati back in December, believed that ECU was the best fit for him and his future. “When I made that decision (picking Cincinnati) I kind of made it with my eyes closed. I didn’t know what was going to come or what direction I was going to go in…I wanted to make sure I found the best place I could go and excel…” explained Hickman when asked about choosing ECU. Hickman finished his senior season with 50 tackles, six sacks, four fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, and a TD.
Joining Manny at ECU will be his lifelong friend Jonathon Coleman (2019 ATH 6-2 205). Coleman did a little bit of everything for the Warriors this season on both sides of the football. In only seven games of action this season, Coleman recorded 448 yards on 67 carries (6.7ypc) and six touchdowns. On defense he was able to notch 29 tackles, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups, and one forced fumble.
However, he did not receive a lot of interest on the recruiting trail. When asked about the highs and lows of his recruitment, and how he ended up where he was on signing day, Coleman explained, “I had to put in God’s hands. There was nobody else who was going to do it for me. No man could write this story. There were some late nights where I was wondering what would I have to do? How do I get there? How do I do this? Sometimes you have to get down on your knees and you got to pray hard,” stated Coleman.
In addition to Hickman and Coleman, ECU was able to land another Chesterfield County. Thomas Dale’s Rick D’Abreu (2019 DE 6-2 240). D’Abreu, who was originally committed to Mike Houston and his staff at JMU, decommitted from the Dukes a few weeks ago, to rejoin Houston at ECU. The Pirates finished the 2018 season 3-9, but with the commitment of these three play makers from the 804, ECU appears poised to regain control of the seas.
Additional commitments from Matoaca
Xavier Addison (2019 DB 6-0 185) -Virginia State University: 2018 Defensive Stats: 23 tackles, 11 pass breakups, INT. Offensive Stats: 32 carries 178 yards (5.6ypc) (*Missed 6 games due to injury)
Justin Providence (2019 TE/LS 6-3 230) – Virginia State University: 2018 Defensive Stats: 9 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery. Offensive Stats: 2 catches, 10 yards, TD
Demont Wynne (2019 OL 6-2 310) – Bute College: All-Region Tackle
Gage Luck (2019 OL/DL 5’10 195) – Hampden-Sydney College
Matoaca Warriors Head Coach Jay Parker’s thoughts on signing day: “I couldn’t be prouder of the accomplishments of these 6 young men. It’s an amazing thing for a coach to see these guys be able to take the next step in fulfilling a dream of playing college football. The best thing about this group is they are great young men as well as being great football players. We are hoping to have a few more signees in the coming weeks as well.”
– Byron Jones