Varina lineman Alonzo Ford (Video Still: Byron Jones/recruit804)
Offers continue to pile up for Varina Duo
by Byron Jones, recruit804
The rich continue to get richer as Varina’s Alonzo Ford (2020 DL 6-3 290lbs) and Isaiah Paige (2020 5-8 150lbs) continue to rack up Division I offers. Paige received his first Division I offer back in February from Kent State University and committed to the Golden Flashes a month later. However, this has not stopped colleges from knocking on his door.
Coastal Carolina dropped off an offer to Paige five days after his commitment to Kent State, and he picked up an additional offer from UMass at the end of April. When asked about the increase in his recruitment, Paige stated, “I’ve got a couple more interested, N.C. State, Wake Forest, so recruitment is getting hot for us a little bit right now.” Paige has plans to attend a one-day camp at Wake Forest on June 1 and a satellite camp at ODU on June 20th.
In a prior interview with recruit804, Varina Head Coach Stu Brown stated “He is the best athlete I have ever coached. His knowledge of the game of football is advanced,” when asked about Isaiah’s ability to play at the next level.
Last season, Paige carried the ball 57 times for 782 yards and 9 touchdowns. On the receiving end. he snagged 18 balls for 390 yards and 4 touchdowns. In limited action as a QB, Paige completed 5-12 passes and threw a TD.
Fellow teammate Alonzo Ford currently has a double digit offer list, with his most recent offer coming from UMass. Others in the hunt for the versatile big man include Air Force, West Point, The Citadel, Temple, Coastal Carolina, JMU ODU, Elon, William & Mary, Fordham, ECU, and Campbell.
When asked about Ford’s strengths as a player, Coach Brown stated, “He’s as tough as they come,” “He’s big, strong, fast, but most importantly he’s smart. He does a great job studying film and knows what the offensive line is going to do before the snap of the ball.”
Ford looks to have a busy summer ahead as he plans to hit the camp circuit and check out prospective schools. “I’m going up to the Virginia Tech and Wake Forest Camps. That’s all I got planned so far. After that I just plan on working and training.”
As a junior, he recorded 34 tackles (14 assisted), nine tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception.
The Blue Devils finished the 2018 season 8-3, losing in the first round of the Division 5 Region B playoffs to Henrico. Varina will open the 2019 season with three consecutive home games. They will host defending Division 6 state champion Manchester on August 29th, Meadowbrook on September 6th, and Matoaca on September 13th.
– Byron Jones