Matoaca Head Coach Jay Parker (Video Still: Byron Jones)
Matoaca watches four ink commitments during virtual signing celebration
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
There were no news reporters.
There were no cameras, no grand setup, no enormous crowd, and no surprises for onlookers.
Prior to Thursday morning, only four 2020 prospects from Matoaca cemented their commitment in writing those being Marcus Dreher, Juleon Pointer, Gage Simmons, and Jimmy Hayden.
Head coach Jay Parker and the Warriors added four more to their growing group of commitments in a ceremony that allowed their student-athletes to get the fulfillment of signing in front of their friends, family, and coaching staff.
It was a ceremony that was forced to adhere to the standards laid in place by Governor Ralph Northam to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic. However, despite not being able to host in the traditional sense; the Matoaca community never felt more unified.
“It was great,” Coach Parker told recruit804. “We had to schedule it in 30-minute sections to keep it under 10 people at all times.”
Where They’re Going
Shaun Kindred (2020 DB/WR 6-3 185) made it known early what his intentions where. The Matoaca product committed to Bridgewater College back in early February and finally got around to signing his NLI on Thursday morning. Kindred picked up 18 tackles and one interception from his defensive back position last season.
Brayden Spade (2020 DL/OL 6-2 240) will be joining Kindred at Bridgewater College after also signing his NLI to join the Eagles. Spade was a team captain last season and was able to accumulate 60 tackles (14.5 for loss) and six sacks.
Brenden Gray (2020 DB/RB 5-8 170) completed the hat trick for Matoaca by also signing his NLI to attend Bridgewater College on Thursday morning. Similar to Kindred, Gray made a verbal commitment to the Eagles just four days after his teammate in mid-February and made sure he saw it through to the end. Gray went on to rush for 105 yards and one touchdown last season. On the defensive side he secured 36 tackles (six for loss), and three sacks.
Nathaniel Dozier (2020 DL/OL 6-2 250) was the only prospect on Thursday morning to go a different route. The Matoaca product was courted by Western Carolina and made the decision to verbally commit in early April. He signed his NLI to join the Catamounts who have already signed at least 18 student-athletes from the 2020 recruiting class to which only one resides on the defensive line. Dozier accumulated 35 tackles (two for loss) and one sack this past season.
“I tell them that the most important thing about college is that they get their degree,” Coach Parker explained. “In today’s world, that’s a necessity. Secondly, I tell them to network while they are there as well. Football is the motivation to stay in school. Don’t dream of the NFL, dream of college senior night and graduation.”
– Brandon Mitchell