Defensive end/tight end Jake Snyder isn’t the only Division 1A recruit coming out of Deep Run High School (Glen Allen, VA) in the class of 2009. Within the past seven days, defensive back prospect Antone Exum has picked up scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, respectively.
Virginia Tech offered Exum last week, while the offer from UVa came yesterday.
“Antone was offered by UVa yesterday morning,” Deep Run head coach Greg Kendall said. “They are interested in him as a wide receiver or defensive back.”
Virginia Tech is recruiting Exum as a defensive back with a leaning towards safety at this time.
“The Tech coaches see the athlete that he is,” Kendall said. “He is over 6-0, 210 pounds, and he runs a 4.4 40. They want that kind of athlete on the team. The first interest is as a defensive back. They mentioned to me that safety is where they see him. They want him to come for a camp to workout as a cornerback. If they feel like he can do what they want their cornerbacks to do, that might be where he would project.”
As a junior last season, Exum was the starting quarterback and also saw action at safety. Productive on offense, the dual-threat signal caller passed for 860 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 658 yards and 13 touchdowns. Exum had three interceptions on defense.
Asked if Exum could be a quarterback on the college level, Coach Kendall replied, “I think that is going to be determined this summer and in the kind of season he has this fall. The other thing that plays into it is what the school needs. With Virginia Tech, Coach Cavanaugh said that he didn’t think Antone was far off as a quarterback, but right now the needs they have are on the defensive side of the ball. I’ll never say he’d never play quarterback in college, but he’ll have to spend time this spring and summer working on the fundamentals. This year was his first year as a starter on the varsity level as a quarterback, but I think he’ll be more polished next fall than last season. We’ll have to see. Right now, everybody feels like there is no question he could play on the defensive side of the ball in college.”
Kendall, who said “Antone has respect for both in-state programs,”...
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