Potomac Falls DB Jalen Coker (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Commitments start popping as the season nears; Jalen Coker goes for Holy Cross
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
There are quite a few new faces making their college commitments.
On top of that, scholarship offers are coming in as one-day prospect camps have wrapped up and high school programs fire up their official practices.
Potomac Falls’ Jalen Coker (2020 WR/S 6-2 180) pulled the trigger on a commitment to Holy Cross on Saturday night.
“This recruiting process has been a tough journey and has been fills with ups and downs. However, I would not trade it for anything. It truly was a blessing to even be considered by a school to play college football and it’s an honor to have received any scholarship offers. With that being said, I am beyond excited to start my next chapter and I am thrilled to say I am committed to play football at Holy Cross #GoCrusaders.”
— Jalen Coker (@jcok3r) August 3, 2019
For Coker, it’s a continuation of him donning the purple and white. His offer list included Youngstown State, Duquesne, New Hampshire, Howard and Holy Cross.
Zion Dayne commits to Yale
On Wednesday, South County fullback Zion Dayne shut down his recruitment with a commitment to Yale.
Dayne (2020 DT/FB 6-3 230) is a football legacy. His dad is former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne, who also enjoyed a seven-year NFL career that included stops with the NY Giants, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans. In the Giant backfield, he was paired with Tiki Barber (UVA) and the duo was named “Thunder and Lighting”. Dayne’s power running style combined with Barber’s quickness made for a formidable ground game.
Zion landed more than 20 college scholarship offers, including every Ivy League school, plus William and Mary, Richmond, Liberty, James Madison, VMI, Georgetown and the Air Force Academy.
— Zion Dayne (@zrdayne) July 31, 2019
Dayne has made a name for himself at South County, and he’s excelled in the trenches on the defensive side of the ball. His reputation as a run stopper, plus his academic prowess, helped him earn his offers and propel him to the next level.
Blake Leake commits to Bucknell
Eastern View WR Blake Leake made a name for himself in the Cyclones 2018 playoff run that resulted in the team winning Region 4B with a thrilling 19-14 win over Louisa County. With under a minute left in that game, Leake caught a tipped pass and advanced it down field for a 57-yard touchdown reception to grab the victory for his team. For the 2018 season, he was selected as a First Team VHSL Class 4 All-State wide receiver.
At the March 2019 recruit757/Sparta Science Showcase at Redskins Park, Leake showcased his athleticism against some of the best college prospects in the state. Leake posted a 4.56 forty, a 4.25 pro shuttle and held his own with defensive backs and wide receivers who are also headed to play Division I college football.
— Blake Leake (@blake_leake1) August 3, 2019
Leake also held an offer from VMI. His offer from Bucknell came on July 19, and it certainly didn’t take Blake long to decide on his college destination.
– Andy Hilton