An impressive sophomore season ended on a sour note for South County (Lorton, VA) safety/wide receiver Ronny Vandyke , who suffered a dislocated shoulder in a playoff loss to Oakton. The 6-3, 196-pound prospect would dislocate the same shoulder again last May and again last August, two weeks into preseason practice. Vandyke, now a junior, sat out the 2009 season and eventually had surgery on the shoulder, which his doctor expects to be better than ever after rehabilitation.
South County head coach Pete Bendorf says Vandyke is now bench-pressing over 250 pounds and squatting 400. In three months, the talented rising senior should be able to resume full activities.
Vandyke’s injury hurt South County’s prospects on the field last season (though the team still finished 7-5 and made the playoffs), but it hasn’t hurt his recruitment.
“He fits what a lot of schools are looking for in that he is a big, rangy athlete that can play multiple positions,” Bendorf said. “He is 6-3, 196 pounds. He has very good speed and he has long arms and long legs. He can play in the secondary. He could be an outside linebacker type. As his ball skills improve, I think he could play on the offensive side of the ball. Coaching him, though, and knowing his aggressive nature, I think he’s a defensive player.
“Head coaches stopped by our school in late January. Coach London from UVa has been in. Coach Beamer from Virginia Tech was in. Coach Friedgen from Maryland and coach Wannstedt from Pitt have been in. I think that’s telling. He has 10 offers right now, if I’ve got my facts straight. All of them are ACC or Big East schools.”
Vandyke showed he could perform in 2008, earning several verbal offers (including childhood favorite Virginia Tech) following that season. Besides the size and athleticism needed for the next level, he also has the attitude.
“There’s not a lot of difference in Ronny’s intensity level, whether it’s practice or games,” Bendorf said. “I worry about him blowing up our guys in practice more than anything else. He is a high intensity guy when it comes to working. He is very, very aggressive physically. He is highly competitive no matter what he...
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