Highland Springs DB David Laney (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
recruit804 Fab 30: David Laney DB Highland Springs #7
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Highland Springs has been the team to beat in the Central Region over the last four years and there’s no team that’s come close to knocking them off the throne.
Manchester will aim to do what no other team has been able to since the Springers won its first of four-consecutive Class 5A state championships back in 2015 and that’s prevent them from reaching a fifth. However, that will be easier said than done.
Loren Johnson and his coaching staff has instilled a culture so mentally sound at Highland Springs that it doesn’t matter how many starters are lost from a year prior it’s virtually impossible to neutralize the Springers.
Returning for Highland Springs this season will be a host of starters including Malcolm Green, Suirad Ware, Evan Robinson, and Kelvin Gilliam among others. Strengthening the secondary for the
Springers as his senior year approaches is three-star prospect David Laney.
#7 David Laney (2020 6-2 185) – Highland Springs High School
David Laney is one of the most coachable student-athletes you’ll find in all of the Central Region.
The Highland Springs product lost a quarterback battle with D’Vonte Waller a few years back and decided to make the shift to defensive back to be of better use to not only his team, but also himself.
Since making the transition, he’s done nothing but flourish under defensive coordinator Devon Simmons. Last year, Laney teamed up with Malcolm Greene, Tremayne Talbert, Eddie Davis, and
Shaquez Cosby among others to complete one of the most dominant defensive back units we’ve seen in quite awhile in all of Virginia.
Laney holds a 4.2 grade point average, SAT score of 1130, and is as academically qualified as one could possibly be.
The Highland Springs product picked up collegiate offers from: Purdue, Virginia, Louisville, Toledo, Liberty, Army, Kent State, Western Michigan, Elon, Howard, East Carolina, Air Force, Coastal Carolina, William and Mary, Marshall, Georgetown, and Campbell. However, after taking visits down to ECU in March and June, he committed to the Pirates back on June 16. Laney is hands down one of the best defensive backs in the state.
– Brandon Mitchell