Spotswood TE A.J. Dooms (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
A.J. Dooms takes home the TE MVP award
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Spotswood High School has been the jewel of the Valley District for the past few seasons. Since 2018, the Trailblazers are 17-3 and they made an appearance in the Region 3C finals a season ago. AJ Dooms (2021 DE/TE 6-4 215) has been a force on the defensive line aiding in their successful run. Dooms is a two-time First Team All-District and Honorable Mention selection at defensive end.
At our event, AJ decided to get some work in at the tight-end position where he was able to show off his versatility and raw athleticism. Dooms took the TE MVP back home with him to Penn Laird and he’s hungry to continue showcasing his abilities once the season starts.
“It definitely meant a lot to go up to Richmond and compete with some really good talent and bring home the MVP honor,” explained Dooms. “Through the event I learned a lot about what college coaches are looking for in players, as well as mechanics in the positional drills that I can incorporate into my game.”
Dooms has remained busy over the offseason despite COVID-19 and has used this time to bulk up in preparation for his final season in a Trailblazer uniform. “Since the end of last season, I have worked hard to put on about 25lbs and bulk up. I have also made lots of progress in speed and agility to ensure I’m still getting faster despite the additional weight.”
While Dooms has made the most impact for Spotswood on the defensive side of the ball and has seen time at tight end for them as well, he might be utilized under center when the season resumes in the spring.
Former Quarterback Ryan High (2021 6-4 230), a Second Team All-State selection from last years team, transferred to Princess Anne in Virginia Beach during the offseason. “Our QB transferred so my coaches came to me to potentially fill his spot. I’m excited to help the team win in any way that I can,” he explained.
Dooms is just beginning his recruiting journey, but so far he’s received interest from CNU and Averett University. Dooms stock could rise with a breakout senior season.
– Byron Jones