North Stafford DB Shawn Asbury (Photo: Sheridan King/recruitNoVA)
Shawn Asbury dismisses Virginia Tech in favor of Boston College
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
North Stafford All-State cornerback Shawn Asbury (c/o 2021, 5-10 175) has switched his athletic commitment, retracting from a verbal agreement with Virginia Tech to accept a formal commitment to continue his football career with Boston College on Sunday.
Asbury had originally agreed to join the Hokies in June. However, a confluence of events may have led the Wolverine to change his mind. Earlier in the week, BC lost a commitment from safety Marvin Martin, freeing up a possible spot in the Eagles’ secondary plans. Asbury, who also plays strong safety, and is listed simply as an athlete by some services, possesses the skill set to fit in a number of positions.
Other potential factors include the recruiting prowess of Eagle secondary coach Aazaar Abdul Rahim, who has drawn six Class of 2024 commits from the DMV. In all, BC has recruited 24 incoming freshmen to a 5-4 team with a .500 record in the ACC with all signs looking up. By contrast, Virginia Tech is 4-5 and considered to be in a downturn season.
Neither point was mentioned by the new Eagle, who was reached by recruitNoVA on Sunday. Asbury, who received 27 other offers, spoke of the tightness among his new football family, saying, “What drew me to Boston was the relationship I built with the staff. Coach (Jeff) Hafley’s resume speaks for itself, and Coach Aazaar and Coach Tem (defensive coordinator Lukabu) are like family. We talked every day about life, not football, and it showed me that they care about me as a man, not just a football player.”
Colbert to VMI
In other news, Massaponax running back Ty-Shaun Colbert (c/o 2021, 6-2 205) has accepted an offer to play his college football with the Keydets of VMI.
Colbert has yet to play for the Panthers having transferred from Spotsylvania, where he was a standout running back, strong safety and outside linebacker for three seasons. As a Knight standout, he was instrumental in helping Spotty to a 18-14 win over Eastern View last season, breaking their 44-game regular season win streak. In that game, Colbert rushed for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while gaining six tackles and an interception on defense.
Duke to Duke?
Tuscarora’s Bryce Duke (c/o 2022, 5-11 196) may win this week’s award for the most apt offer.
Duke, the Huskies’ star running back, received his first ACC offer, from the Blue Devils of Duke University.
– Jim McGrath