A pair of Virginia Tech-bound prospects will compete against each other tonight at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in the Virginia High School League 6A state semifinals.
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA), which is led by senior tailback Deshawn McClease, and Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA), which features senior defensive back/wide receiver Jahque Alleyne, will meet at 7 pm for the right to play for the 6A state championship next Saturday, December 13.
McClease, who has had a fantastic senior season, is coming off a 228-yard, 3-touchdown performance in a 32-21 win over Colonial Forge. He has rushed for 1,899 yards and 28 touchdowns thus far in 2014. Alleyne contributes at free safety and wide receiver for the Dolphins, who enter this game undefeated at 13-0.
Alleyne and McClease aren’t the only Virginia Tech recruits set to take the field in playoff action this week.
– Coleman Fox, RB/ATH, Salem (VA)
An ankle injury slowed Tech-bound senior Coleman Fox, who finished with 67 yards rushing, but it didn’t stop Salem, which defeated George Washington-Danville 49-21 to reach the 4A state semifinals. Tomorrow afternoon the Spartans (13-0) will host a tough Liberty (Bealeton) squad that features UVa-bound offensive lineman RJ Proctor.
– DuWayne Johnson, CB, H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.)
H.D. Woodson defeated Ballou, 16-12, to capture the 45th annual Turkey Bowl and claim a 14th city championship and a DCIAA Stars Championship. The Warriors (11-2) will now face Gonzaga this Saturday in the DCSAA AA Championship. Gonzaga is led by future UVa signal caller Nick Johns.
– Carson Lydon, LB, East Lake (Tarpon Springs, FL)
Lydon had a 14-yard touchdown run and returned a fumble 56 yards for another score as East Lake defeated Fort Myers, 40-7, last week to advance to the 7A state semifinals. The undefeated Eagles (13-0) take on St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale this week.
– Mook Reynolds, CB, Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.)
Northern Guilford downed Orange, 31-7, to reach the 3AA state semifinals. Reynolds, a standout on offense as well as defense, had a 17-yard touchdown reception in last week’s win. The Nighthawks (13-1) meet Chapel Hill this evening for the right to play for the 3AA state championship.
The 2014 season is over for the following Virginia Tech recruits…
– Adonis Alexander, S, Independence (Charlotte, N.C.), 2014 season record of 12-1
– Mike Arnold, OL, Winter Haven (FL), 10-2
– Logan Byrd, QB, Class of 2016, Veterans (GA), 2014 Record: 3-8
– Austin Clark, OL, Rockbridge County (Lexington, VA), 0-10
With his high school career over, Clark now looks ahead to beginning his college career at Virginia Tech in January of 2015.
– Chris Cunningham, TE, Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville, FL), 7-3 record in 2014
Atlantic Coast finished the 2014 season with four straight wins but fell short of making the playoffs. Cunningham was credited with 14 catches for 241 yards and four touchdowns in his final high school season.
– Damien Dozier, LB/DE, Knightdale (Raleigh, N.C.), 3-8
– Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Dan River (Ringgold, VA), 7-4
Edmunds got the job done on both sides of the ball his senior season. On offense he rushed for 652 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he added 200 yards receiving and one score. Defensively, Edmunds had 109 total tackles (39 solo) with 28 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Edmunds had an interception and a fumble recovery as well.
– Darius Fullwood, DE, Good Counsel (Olney, MD), 10-2
– Trevon Hill, DE, Virginia Beach (VA)
– Harry Lewis, DL, Phoebus (Hampton, VA), 8-4
– Conner ODonnell, WR, Class of 2016, Concord First Assembly (Concord, N.C.), 2-9
ODonnell, named one of his team’s most valuable players on MaxPreps, had 76 receptions for 1,686 yards and 10 touchdowns his junior season.
– DAndre Plantin, OL, Norcross (GA), 7-4
– Eric Whitehead, DT, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis, IN), 4-4