Ocean Lakes (Photo: Brian Knight/recruit757)
Ocean Lakes saw five seniors ink their commitments on Wednesday
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
For well over a decade, signing day has been a cause for celebration at Ocean Lakes.
Well back into the Chris Scott era, the annual tradition has seen multiple Dolphins sign an NLI and secure their future with a college scholarship for Division I football.
While this year was no exception, the need to go virtual changed the atmosphere a little. Instead of signing first thing in the morning in front of a crowd of teachers, staff, and fellow students, the 2020 Early Signing Day celebration was done in a much more subdued fashion.
Ocean Lakes saw Naquan Brown (2021 DE/OLB 6-4 205) and Myles Alston (2021 WR 6-0 180) sign with Pitt, David Roulley (2021 WR 6-1 185) sign with William and Mary, Shawn Fahey (2021 OL 6-3 270) sign with Norfolk State and Carlton Winston (2021 RB/DB 5-9 160) sign with Campbell.
“I’m excited for Myles and Naquan to be part of this Pitt recruiting class with the other two 757 guys (Rodney Hammond and Malik Newton). I believe that will be a special bond for the four of them to be there together,” Ocean Lakes head coach Joe Jones said. “I believe it’s a great fit for our two guys and for Pitt. As you know, I’m from Western Pennsylvania and I have a lot of friends and family that are Pitt fans. They are really excited about Myles and Naquan coming there to play. I believe both will make an impact while they are there. It might get me home more too.”
Wide receiver David Roulley went through a little heartache this summer due to COVID-induced scholarship limitations. Roulley wanted to lock in his commitment, but William and Mary froze all activity when it came to making offers and accepting commitments. At the time, there was uncertainty on how the NCAA would handle scholarship eligibility for athletes in the 2020-2021 academic year. Current seniors are able to add another year of eligibility and that will affect scholarship numbers for every athletic program.
“I am excited for David. He certainly deserved it,” Coach Jones stated. “David has had a great four years with Ocean Lakes and is a real student of the game. He has an excellent football IQ and athletic ability. I believe he will certainly fit in well with the academic and athletic life at William & Mary and I believe he will excel in both.”
Shawn Fahey is a part of a three-man recruiting class of lineman that Norfolk State head coach Latrell Scott said “will add depth, length and athleticism to our line.”
Jones said of Fahey: “Norfolk State really took a liking to Shawn Fahey because of his athleticism and size. Sean is a very intelligent young man and understands the game and what it takes to be a successful offensive lineman. He’s got a great attitude and is very coachable and I have no doubt will be very successful at Norfolk State.”
Carlton Winston was a newcomer to the Ocean Lakes program. He transferred to Ocean Lakes from Landstown in the spring of 2020, but never really has been able to get fully immersed in Dolphin Football. That didn’t slow his recruitment, however. Campbell latched onto him and he made a verbal commitment recently. That commitment was affirmed with his signing on Wednesday.
“I had a great opportunity to get to know Carlton Winston this summer and fall. He is a great athlete with excellent speed and vision. He is a hard worker and dedicated athlete. I look forward to him playing with us this spring and will be a big weapon in our offense at RB and at WR. He’ll also be a great addition at CB and as a returner. Campbell is getting a very versatile offensive threat who can score from anywhere on the field. I believe he will have a great impact at Campbell,” Coach Jones said.
Despite the non-traditional signing day, these five athletes carry on the tradition that’s been laid down by many other football athletes who have come before them. Quite a few have gone on to enjoy NFL careers while others are now coaching high school football themselves.
“We are just so proud of these young men and excited about them taking the next step in their academic and athletic careers. They are certainly keeping the excellent tradition of great football players, and student-athletes, that have played at Ocean Lakes High School,” Jones exclaimed.
Myles Alston is graduating and will be enrolled at Pitt for the spring semester. The other four athletes will be available to play their spring season at Ocean Lakes.
There are also still other seniors who have yet to work out their college commitments. News of that progress will come in the next few months.
“Yes, we are excited about the futures of several more of our current seniors. Logan Istre has been talking to several schools during the summer and fall. I believe he will have several options before it’s all said and done. Luke Bevins is in the middle of making his decision. He’s got a lot of upside because he’s only played football for three years. There are seven or eight more seniors that have been talking to schools and we’ll have an opportunity to play at the next level. These guys could really benefit from a spring season and getting more quality film out there. It certainly has been a strange year and it’s not over yet, LOL. Just praying to have a spring season and I believe we will. Proud of all these guys. We are all excited to get to play this season and our guys have been working hard, on their own, to be ready when February 4th gets here. I can’t wait!”
– Andy Hilton