Phoebus (Hampton, VA) junior Daquan Romero dominated at defensive end as a junior last season, racking up 19 sacks en route to earning Peninsula District Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-2, 215-pound standout is mostly projected as a linebacker on the college level, however, so getting comfortable with his likely future position is an offseason priority.
Romero participated at linebacker in last Saturday’s Nike Camp at Virginia Tech.
“I felt okay with my performance,” said Romero. “I felt like I could’ve did better. I feel like I can settle in at linebacker. I felt comfortable in all the drills. There are still some things I need to get used to or learn because I don’t know linebacker that much.”
A tough, hard-nosed competitor, Romero is willing to work to learn linebacker.
“I really work almost every day on backpedaling, drops and coverage,” he said. “I work on keeping my feet moving at all times. A linebacker always needs light feet. A running back will be coming at you and you have to be able to move quickly and recover. I’ve tried to work on the movement of my feet.”
Romero certainly looked in his element during the “rush the quarterback” drill, where a linebacker simulates blitzing a quarterback and a running back is supposed to block.
“That really is the easiest drill to me because I can rush the quarterback,” said Romero. “They said I couldn’t bull rush, so I didn’t get to use my full array of moves.”
The Nike Camp at Virginia Tech may be the last camp Romero attends this offseason. With five official offers – Maryland, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Virginia and West Virginia – in the fold, the Phoebus star is not concerned with attending one-day camps to earn more offers. Instead, he is focused on academics.
“I’m just studying for the ACT and SAT. I’ll be taking both of those in June, I think,” said Romero, who is also drawing interest from Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan...
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