Grafton (Yorktown, VA) finished its 2010 season with an 8-3 record that included its first playoff appearance in five years. Bay Rivers district Coach of the Year Jared Van Acker will return seven offensive and eight defensive starters next season, highlighted by top junior prospect Dylan Stallings .
“He never stops,” Van Acker said of Stallings, a wide receiver/tight end and defensive end. “Other kids can’t take a play off against a kid like Dylan. A lot of times, two or three guys will be needed to stop him. He is that explosive of a player on defense. On offense, pretty much every team double-teamed him. He helped us out a lot offensively this year. The big-play threat he is earns attention from the other team.”
Stallings, who stands 6-4 and weighs 220 pounds, boasts 4.7-second speed in the 40 according to Van Acker. The versatile junior alternates from wide receiver to tight end on offense. He earned first-team all-Bay Rivers district honors at wide receiver in 2010.
“He has a strong upper body and he is a big kid for tight end. He’s used as a blocker. He’s one of our main blockers. He’s also a tough receiving threat at tight end. Most of the time, he is manned up with an inside linebacker, which is a huge mismatch because of Dylan’s athletic ability. He’s quick. When he goes to the outside, he usually draws a corner that is no bigger than 6-0, and that’s a size mismatch,” Van Acker said.
On defense, Stallings alternates between strong-side and weak-side defensive end. He was just named to the 2010 Bay Rivers district first-team and the All Region 1 first-team at defensive end, which could very well be his position on the college level.
“He is a huge threat off the edge,” Van Acker said. “Most teams had to double-team him if they were going to throw. One on one, he is going to beat the other kid. If he beats the other kid, he will be at the quarterback. He finished the season with 14 sacks and double-digit tackles for loss. He was probably the second leading tackler on the team.”
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