Checking In With Seth Dooley

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For all intents and purposes, a win tonight puts Glenvar (Salem, VA) in the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Virginia Tech-bound senior Seth Dooley is certainly focused on helping the Highlanders get the win over visiting Eastern Montgomery, but there is something else on his mind as well.

“[Tonight] is senior night, too,” he said. “I’m ready to go out and win, but I’m also thinking this will be the last time playing in our stadium. I’m definitely trying to get the W.”

Glenvar is 5-4 on the year and coming off a big win over Auburn High School.

“We’ve had a couple of ups and downs,” Dooley said. “We won three straight at one time and then we lost two straight. We’ve just kept going. Making it to the playoffs would mean a lot.”

The 6’5″, 225-pound senior is one of the more intriguing prospects in Tech’s 2012 class. For starters, Dooley is only in his second year of high school football. He boasts good size and athletic ability, averaging a 35-inch vertical leap. Dooley has good speed for his size, showing off his talents by running a 4.59-second 40 at UVa’s camp this summer.

After playing defensive end and tight end last season as a junior, Dooley was moved to middle linebacker and an H-back type of position this season. Dooley has answered the call, as he leads the team in tackles despite playing a new position.

“This year I felt I’ve done pretty good,” Dooley said. “I definitely have a better feel for the game. I’ve gotten used to the speed of it, which has made it a little easier.”

You don’t often see a player with Dooley’s size getting a lot of carries, but he has been an impact player in Kevin Clifford’s shotgun spread offense. To his credit, the athletic senior has touchdown runs of 66 and 70 yards this season.

“Whenever coach calls my number, I do what I can,” said Dooley, who before this season last carried the ball in Pee Wee league football. “Playing linebacker and defensive end, I can see the gaps. As a running back, I try and use that. When I see some big gaps, I take ’em.”

Despite his success at linebacker and as an H-back, Dooley believes he’ll play defensive end for the Hokies. That’s the position