Nansemond River (Suffolk, VA) defensive end Dewayne Alford has certainly made his rounds this summer, attending camps at East Carolina, JMU, Marshall, ODU, Virginia, Virginia Tech and William & Mary. The 6-4, 225-pound rising senior was at Virginia Tech on Saturday and performed well. A few days later, he received some good news.
“He did pretty good at the [Virginia Tech] camp. Actually, they offered,” Nansemond River head coach Tracey Parker said. “They waited a couple of days and then they offered. It’s a grey-shirt. They had seen him all along. They had film and things on him. They knew the name. They liked him, but I’m sure they had other offers already out there and that’s why they have to offer the grey-shirt.”
UVa is among the other FBS programs expressing serious interest. But Virginia Tech is Alford’s third offer and certainly the biggest.
“He’s excited,” Parker said. “He had a couple of offers on the board already. JMU and ODU were on the board. That’s a little different than Virginia Tech or UVa. He might go to a one-day at Tennessee on July 20. There is a possibility there, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be looking to make a decision sometime before the season starts.”
Parker isn’t sure what Alford’s take on the grey-shirt may be.
“An offer is an offer,” Parker said. “Dewayne is a disciplined kid. If Tech is somewhere he wants to be, he’ll make sure he goes in there ready to go. He is a good student, so he knows a grey-shirt would give him an opportunity to work towards a Masters in the time he’d be at Virginia Tech. There are pros and cons.”
Alford, who ran the 40 in the 4.6-second range at Virginia Tech, has a good frame coupled with very good athleticism. He starts at defensive end for Coach Parker, who shifts his standout defender from the left to the right depending on the match-up.
“His speed and intelligence make him so good,” Parker said. “He picks up on what you ask him to do. He’s getting bigger every day. He could end up being a 250 or 260-pound kid. He has speed, strength and size. Some people say he could be an end or outside linebacker. You could stand him up or put his hand on the ground.”
Parker doesn’t see Alford taking a long time to pick his college choice.
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