Speedy Tookes Found Groove On Defense

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Davion Tookes is currently on his school’s Hall of Fame board as a member of the 4X100 relay team, which holds the top 4X100 time in school history. Tookes claims a personal best time of 21.8 seconds in the 200 meters, an event in which he finished fifth in the region last spring. The 5-11, 170-pound junior hadn’t fared as well on the football field, though, until he took a turn at cornerback last spring.

“I played offense, but as I got to high school I didn’t do so well. So, I tried defense,” said Tookes, whose mother and several uncles ran track in high school. An aunt is on the Creekside Hall of Fame for track as well. “It was a little shaky at first, but I got used to it.”

In only one season at cornerback, Tookes showed a lot of promise. Playing with a light cast on a broken wrist, he recorded 42 tackles, six pass break-ups and three interceptions as a junior in 2010. Tookes came up with big plays in key situations, returning all three interceptions for touchdowns, including returns of 92, 98 and 108 yards.

An off-season in the weight room (and without an injured wrist/hand) can only help as the talented speedster looks to improve.

“As far as what my strengths are right now, I’d say my speed. When I make a mistake, I have the speed to go catch up,” Tookes said. “And I have good hips. I break down a lot of film. I can tell where a pass is going. Throughout the game, I’ll watch and see what moves the quarterback makes. I’ll take note of what they’re doing on offense.

“As far as weaknesses, I’d say I’m strong but I want to get stronger. I don’t just want to tackle. I want to make an impact when I tackle.”

Tookes’ junior season performance was enough to sway Virginia Tech into extending an early scholarship offer. The Creekside star was quick to accept.

“I talked it over with my mom and the rest of my family,” Tookes said, recalling how he came to commit to Virginia Tech. He committed just days after receiving the offer. “My mom said she was okay with it as long as I’m okay with it. She asked me if I was sure. She kept asking. I kept saying yes and then she said, ‘Okay. Go get ’em.’ That gave me confidence to know my family is behind me. They’ll keep pushing me to get stronger.”

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