Davion Tookes , a Virginia Tech football recruit, was one of the members of Creekside High School’s (Fairburn, GA) state champion 4X100 relay squad this spring. The 5-11, 170-pound junior cornerback, now involved in Creekside football’s spring practice, ran the opening leg of the state championship final.
“I was able to get [a clean start],” said Tookes, who had Creekside “five to 10 meters” ahead of the competition after the first leg.
Nerves played no part in the 4A state final. In fact, Creekside’s time of 41.14 seconds was good for #1 in the state and #8 in the nation this outdoor track season.
“I just treated it like a regular race,” Tookes said. “When we were in warm-ups, I knew we were going to win. We showed up.”
While he enjoyed the track success, Tookes seems pleased to be back on the gridiron. Last spring was when he made the switch from wide receiver to corner, a move that paid big dividends for the team and the player. As a junior, Tookes totaled 42 tackles, six pass break-ups and three interceptions. He returned all three interceptions for scores, including returns of 92, 98, and 108 yards.
“It’s going good,” Tookes said of spring football, which began this week. “We have a lot of young guys, but it’s going good. I think I’ve gotten better with my man to man coverage. I’m just working on being in with more impact on tackles.”
Tookes committed to Virginia Tech the day after Signing Day 2011. At the time, his only other offer was Duke (Tech was the first to offer), but Mississippi, Nebraska, N.C. State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia have since offered as well. Tookes, who has not yet visited Virginia Tech but plans to do so the first week in June, stands solid in his decision.
“I’ve said thanks but no thanks [to those other schools],” he said. “I tell them I’m honored, but I’m still solid to VT.”
Prior to making his first visit, Tookes has built a good relationship with Torrian Gray, who’ll be his position coach in Blacksburg. The two speak every other week, the Peach State standout says.
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