Vandyke Showing Strong In Return

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Ronny Vandyke appears to have returned to form after missing the entire 2009 season due to a shoulder injury. When healthy, the 6-3, 200-pound senior is one of the state’s best 2011 class prospects, as evidenced by the fact that he received close to 10 FBS scholarship offers despite the lack of a junior season.

“I’m doing alright,” Vandyke said of his senior season performance. “My shoulder is doing good too. I’m making plays, doing well. It just sucks that the teams we play run away from my side of the field, but I’m still making my plays.”

Vandyke was active in South County’s last game, a 32-28 loss to Centreville. The Virginia Tech-bound recruit totaled 14 tackles including seven solo efforts. Vandyke starts at Whip linebacker, though against Centreville he played Rover to prevent the Wildcats from running away from his side of the field.

Whip is the position Vandyke feels he may be best suited for at Virginia Tech, though he could play Rover or perhaps free safety as well. He played safety as a sophomore at South County, so this year is his first extensive experience at Whip.

“I feel really good about Whip,” Vandyke said. “I was learning to play the position before I got hurt last year. This year, I’m doing pretty good. I’m better than I was as a sophomore. I’ve gotten better this year at reading the tackle and bringing it first.”

Despite Vandyke’s solid play, South County is off to a 1-3 start to the 2010 season. The star senior if confident, however, that the Stallions can regroup and finish strong.

“We’re a better team than 1-3,” Vandyke said. “We’ve made a lot of mental mistakes. We’ll try and pick it up against West Potomac. If we win the rest of our games, we can still make it to the playoffs.”

Vandyke’s line of communication to his future team is a coach he’ll get to know very well over the course of the next four or five years. It’s defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who keeps in consistent contact with the South County senior.

“Coach Foster tells me to keep playing hard. He said he’s going to try to come out to a game. Him or Coach Cav,” Vandyke said. “I feel comfortable talking to Coach Foster. I’m comfortable being around all of the coaches. It doesn’t matter who. I’m just comfortable around them all.”