Glenvar (Salem, VA) rising senior Seth Dooley felt good about his performance at Virginia Tech’s one-day camp, but he wasn’t necessarily expecting a scholarship offer. And then Bryan Stinespring approached the 6’5″, 225-pound defensive end/tight end prospect following the event.
“He asked me if I’d consider going there,” Dooley said, recalling his conversation with Stinespring. “I said yes. He then said he wanted me to talk to Coach Beamer. I met with Coach Beamer and that’s when he offered. It was pretty cool.”
Dooley wanted to commit on the spot, but at the urging of Coach Beamer he decided to go home and discuss the decision with his mother.
“My dad was with me at camp, but my mom was at home, so I went home and talked to her about it,” Dooley said. “When I went home and told her, she was happy about it. I called Coach Stinespring and told him I wanted to commit.”
One of the more intriguing prospects in the state of Virginia’s 2012 class, Dooley is an outstanding athlete for his size. He ran a 4.6-second 40 at the University of Virginia’s camp last month. He boasts a 34-inch vertical. Dooley’s also strong in the weight room. He possesses excellent physical traits, but he’s raw, having only played one year of high school football.
According to Glenvar head coach Kevin Clifford, Tech head coach Frank Beamer “felt like Seth has come a long way in a short period of time.”
“[Seth’s] a big kid,” Clifford said in an interview last week. “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 wasn’t exactly sure which position he is being recruited to play. His size and athletic ability could translate well to defensive end or tight end, but defensive end is where he worked at Saturday’s camp. Against some big (and some impressive) offensive linemen Saturday, Dooley felt he more than held his own.
“It was a change from Single A football,” Dooley said with a laugh. “It gives me a different look to go against different players and such.”
As he heads toward his senior season, Dooley will continue to put the time in the...
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