Grafton (Yorktown, VA) defensive end/tight end prospect Dylan Stallings plans to hit the recruiting trail a few times this offseason. Last Saturday, the 6-4, 220-pound junior, a first-team all-district and first-team all-region selection in 2010, attended the Virginia/Virginia Tech game in Blacksburg.
“It was good,” said Stallings, who had never taken in a game at Virginia Tech before. “I really liked the area. The campus is really nice.
“I went to the game, got to see the players, the locker room…it’s all great stuff. I enjoyed myself there.”
On Saturday, Stallings spoke with his primary recruiter from Tech, Jim Cavanaugh. The Hokies have yet to offer, but the Grafton star certainly appears to be on Tech’s 2012 radar.
“I talked to him and thanked him for inviting me to the game,” Stallings recalled. “He said he’d be seeing me soon, around December, and hopefully for a junior recruiting event.”
Stallings plans on checking out more colleges, including the University of Virginia, which is also showing serious interest. He did attend a 2010 summer camp at UVa but did not take an in-depth look at the school.
“Chip West is the person that invited me to come to camp there. I was talking to him. I talked a little bit to Coach London and thanked him for letting me come to camp,” Stallings said. “I didn’t really get to look at anything while I was there, but Virginia is definitely one I’m looking at.”
The in-state FBS programs are “pretty strong on my list,” Stallings said. “But I have to look more in-depth at each college that is interested in me.”
With new head coach Jared Van Acker at the helm, Stallings turned in an excellent junior season on both sides of the ball. Grafton finished the season with an 8-3 record that included a playoff appearance.
“I took on more of a challenge so teams would game-plan around me and try to prevent me from disrupting a play,” Stallings said of his 2010 season performance. “I learned some neat techniques before the season. I was able to beat guys one on one and get in the backfield. Offensively, I worked with our quarterback a lot and we got a click going. He knew what I was going to do and I knew what he was going to do. I lifted and helped myself with strength....
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