In making sure all of the commitments from the region are covered, we’re hitting on Sheku Tonkara and others
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
There have been quite a few college commitments in the pre-season, and there are some pretty big ones we haven’t hit on yet.
First of all, in late July, Woodbridge DT Sheku Tonkara (2020 DT/DE 6-2 270) made his college commitment to the Air Force Academy.
— Sheku Tonkara👁️ (@D1Shek) July 25, 2019
For Tonkara, it was about making a decision that could set him on a path to succeed for life.
“I would like to thank my coaches for guiding me beyond the sport of Football,” Sheku said in a tweet. “After many prayers, consulting with my family, and sitting down with my coaches, I have committed to the U.S. Air Force Academy! #BoltBrotherhood”
For Jimmy Christ (2020 OT 6-7 285), his offer list gave him the opportunity to follow in his brother’s footsteps. It was a relatively quite commitment for the Dominion High School lineman. Jimmy’s older brother Tommy Christ is a 6-5 280 redshirt sophomore who appeared in eight of UVA’s 13 games with three starts in 2018.
Jimmy was a First Team All-Region lineman in his sophomore and junior seasons. He committed to UVA back in April after a strong recruitment that included around 40 offers from schools like Stanford, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Duke, Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Clemson, Miami, Florida, Georgia Tech and others.
After his commitment, Christ told 247 Sports: “My parents were very excited. They were really happy that I was picking UVA for the right reasons. Since the beginning, they really liked UVA. At first, they really wanted me to go UVA and as the recruitment went along, they were letting it breathe and allowing me to decide. In the end, I ended up choosing UVA for the same reasons that they were so high on UVA.”
Stone Bridge defensive end Mikail Kamara committed to James Madison with a verbal on June 10.
— Mikail Kamara (@Mikail_kamara6) June 12, 2019
Kamara held ten offers at the time of his commitment, including offers from Kent State, Towson, Delaware, Lafayette, Richmond, Howard and Morgan State.
Mikail told Rivals at the time of his commitment: “When they first offered me they were on the top of my list,” Kamara said. “I just had to think on it with my family a little bit more and had to go on a visit to see the academic side, too, in addition to the football side, which I already knew about. And I loved the school, so I’m excited that I’ve made my decision.”
Army landed a commitment from Stafford running back and corner Devin Lardge on July 12.
— $Dev (@DevinLardge) July 13, 2019
Devin Lardge (2020 RB/DB 5-11 180) is an elusive tailback with skills that apply on both sides of the ball. At Army, he’ll enter the prep school before joining the varsity squad at West Point. That’s simply a right of passage.
Stafford struggled through a rebuilding season after a stellar 2017 campaign where the Indians went 10-4, making it all the way to the Class 5 state semifinal game before falling to Tuscarora by a score of 20-17. Stafford managed only four wins in 2018, but should bounce back with senior leaders like Devin Lardge in the fold.
On June 21, Joseph Groves (2020 WR 5-11 180) committed to Lafayette.
— Joseph Groves (@joseph_groves2) June 21, 2019
Groves transferred from Briar Woods to Loudoun County High School prior to his junior year. In the 2018 campaign, Groves was selected as a First Team All-Region wide receiver. Loudoun County jumped from 7-4 in 2017 to 9-2 in 2018. Their first round playoff loss was to eventual Class 4 State Champion Woodgrove. The Wolverines dealt Loudoun County their only losses last season.
– Andy Hilton