Glenvar DE/TE One To Watch

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In rising senior Seth Dooley , Glenvar (Salem, VA) head coach Kevin Clifford believes he has a true “diamond in the rough.” Dooley, a defensive end and tight end, showed well last season, leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss despite having no previous high school football experience. He has the physical package college coaches want, beginning with size.

“He is over 6’5″. When I measured him recently, he was actually a little over 6’5″,” Clifford said. “We weigh the kids periodically. He is now between 225 and 230 pounds. He weighed in at Virginia’s camp at 226 or 227. He’s a big kid. He’s extremely raw, but he’s only going to get better. I’ve coached for 22 years. I grew up in Orlando, coached in south Florida and in Miami. In my career, I’ve had four D1 defensive ends, and he’s the best one.”

Dooley possesses excellent athletic ability for a player his size.

“Seth has run a 4.5-second 40 for us. He told me he ran a 4.59-second 40 at Virginia, and [UVa Offensive Line] Coach [Scott] Wachenheim backed that up,” Clifford said. “Seth has around a 34 or 35-inch vertical. He power-cleaned 295 pounds five times. He has a deep parallel squat around 475 or 500 pounds. All those physical things are way up there. And, he’s a great young man and a hard worker.”

Both UVa and Virginia Tech have expressed serious interest in Dooley, who attended a Virginia camp last month and will be in Blacksburg this Saturday for the second of Tech’s two 2011 one-day camps. Neither school has offered, but Clifford believes his standout has high-major potential.

“I know he is high on UVa’s list,” Clifford said. “And I’m good friends with Bryan Stinespring at Tech. I know he likes him a lot.”

Clifford adds, “I think both schools want to see his SAT scores.”

Dooley will take his game to the University of Tennessee for camp later this month. The University of Richmond has expressed interest. VMI is currently the only offer for Dooley, who has not ruled out attending prep school to gain more experience on the football field.

“We’ve talked about prepping next year if he doesn’t get [a major D1] offer,” Clifford said.

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Sean Biddle