Clover Hill TE/DE Bryson Jennings (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
Collins, Livermon, and Jennings lead the charge for Clover Hill
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Clover Hill is in the midst of having its best season in a number of years. The Cavaliers are on a mission to secure the programs first winning season since 2011. While their success so far this season has been a team effort, there are three individuals who have emerged as the leaders of the pack. Dalton Collins (2020 MLB/RB 6-0 225), Logan Livermon (2020 LB 5-11 215), and Bryson Jennings (2022 DE 6-6 220) are a big reason why Clover Hill is sitting at 5-2 and currently holding the sixth seed in the Division 5 Region B playoff race.
Dalton Collins (2020 MLB/RB 6-0 225)
Collins is currently the team’s leading tackler. The senior has posted 98 tackles, 14 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a blocked PAT through seven games. On offense he has rushed for 200 yards and eight touchdowns. “Dalton is as competitive of a player as you will find. He’s a leader both on and off the field and a great team player. He’s tenacious on defense and one of the more underrated players in the area,” explained Head Coach Bryan Jennings.
In Clover Hill’s last outing against Huguenot, a game in which the Cavaliers won 37-31 in overtime after trailing 24-7 to begin the fourth quarter, Dalton Collins was a man amongst boys. He recorded 17 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and two touchdowns, including the game tying touchdown in regulation and the winning score in overtime.
“Our first three quarters were sloppy. If you saw the score going into the fourth quarter you would think Huguenot was just going to walk away with a win, but we finished. Our defense started playing ball and the offense started clicking. Scoring the game tying and the game winning touchdowns was a feeling I can’t describe other than emotional. The O-line blocked for me and it was perfect. I was proud of everyone,” he explained.
Currently Collins holds an offer from UVA-Wise, but he has received interest from a number of Division I programs as well as Randolph Macon, Bridgewater, and Chowan.
Logan Livermon (2020 LB 5-11 215)
Logan Livermon has also had a breakout season at the linebacker position. Livermon has turned in 95 tackles, 15 sacks, and two interceptions. Coach Jennings stated, “Logan is fast, aggressive, and extremely versatile. He can play inside or outside linebacker. His best quality is his selflessness.”
Livermon credits his rise as one of the team’s leaders on the hard work he put in during the off-season. “I was able to add 40 pounds to my body weight and gain speed and aggression. It starts in the weight room and on the field. My coaches and parents motivated me, and are the reasons why I am the player I am today.
So far, Livermon does not have any official offers but he has been in close contact with UVA, ECU, Richmond, University of Pennsylvania, and St. Francis University. He carries a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society and Fellowship of Christian athletes. I think it’s safe to say things will work out fine for this young man.
Bryson Jennings (2022 DE 6-6 220)
Only a sophomore, Jennings has asserted himself as one of the most dominating defensive ends in the area, maybe even the state. Bryson has made 60 stops, 18 sacks, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown which he scored against Huguenot.
Coach Jennings believes Bryson is nowhere close to realizing his true potential. “His ceiling is unbelievable. At 6’6 220, he is still figuring out what he is capable of doing. He’s a quiet assassin and he’s relentless.”
Jennings has picked up three division I offers. His first came from UVA back in March, which caught the Jennings household off guard since his father, Coach Jennings, was a former All-Big East tight-end for Virginia Tech.
Soon after the buzz began circulating about his offer from the Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Head Coach Justin Fuente delivered a scholarship offer to Bryson at the Randolph Macon/Virginia Tech one-day camp back in June. His third and final offer thus far also came back in June from the University of South Carolina.
When asked about his recruitment, Jennings stated, “NC State, Clemson, Northwestern, and Penn State have been in contact with me so far this season. I actually received an invite to a game at NC State, so I’m looking forward to that. My focus is to remain patient and I know more will come.”
Clover Hill returns to action this Friday night on the road against Cosby. Their final two regular season games are against George Wythe at home on 11/1 and at Monacan on 11/8.
– Byron Jones