For fans of High School Athletics, VHSCA All-Star week is the culmination of the year in sports, where the best seniors are honored for their participation in their sport, High school football players have to wait more than six months from the end of their senior season to the All-Star week where they get to play the game one more time at the high school level before they go off to college.
Western Branch High School just had their big signing day event with nine players signing and more ready to commit. The confetti hadn’t been swept from the floors when Bruin Junior Thomas Coleman landed his first scholarship offer. Coleman had heavy interest from the Hokies when they saw him in January. Now another school is the first to jump on the bandwagon officially.
Ocean Lakes wide receiver Anthony “Sese” Wolters has made his college commitment. Wolters was far from overlooked when it comes to the Dolphins’ ultra-productive offense headed by Corwin Cutler in the regular season, and Churchie Harold in the postseason. Along with Andre Dessenberg, Jaason Lewis, and Mike Alston, Anthony was a part of a team that scored an average of over 38 points per game with a pass heavy offense.
Oscar Smith’s Dashawn Blow had a big season for the Tigers in his first year as a varsity quarterback. His recruitment was a little slow after the season, but now that signing day has come and gone, demand for the athletic signal caller has picked up significantly. Blow has a new offer as of Wednesday, and he’s closing in on his decision.
Warhill athlete Devonte Dedmon has turned into quite a prospect. As a junior, he was selected as the All-District Offensive Player of the Year and a First Team wide receiver on the All-Region I team. He was also selected as a First Teamer on the All-757 Junior Team. Dedmon also stars in track and basketball. It looks like he could go to college for any of the three sports. If more football attention comes, he should be able to bank on it paying his way through college. Dedmon is getting plenty of college interest, and he picked up his first scholarship offer this week.
Western Branch High School delayed their signing day ceremony by a week, just so they could get more commitments worked out. The Bruins honored nine athletes today, and still have more commitments to come.
Tallwood linebacker Allen Hayes had a promising recruitment going. There was great interest from Virginia Tech and James Madison early on, but a knee injury in his junior season put things on hold.
Ocean Lakes quarterback Corwin Cutler can rest easy now. He has perhaps had a little too much inactivity since falling to a knee injury in the Dolphins’ first playoff game last fall. His rehab is going well. Now that his signing with the Cavaliers is official, he can focus on getting ready for college, and getting ready to be a college quarterback.
Virginia Tech’s “best class in years” started in Virginia Beach. Specifically, the Hokies talent grab in The 757 was anchored by the commitments of quarterback Bucky Hodges and linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka. Sure, Parker Osterloh, Charles Clark, and Deon Newsome inked with Tech as well, but the Hokies made a statement when they nabbed two of the Best at the Beach.
For Head Coach Mike Smith and the Crabber Nation, it was another strong season. Hampton High Football’s senior leadership was evident on Wednesday as wide receiver/safety Daquin Moore and quarterback/cornerback Deon Newsome signed their LOIs.