Checking In On Davion Tookes

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Last season was Davion Tookes ‘ first as a full-time cornerback. The Creekside (Fairburn, GA) star overcame lack of experience, as well as playing with a soft cast on one of his wrists, to turn in a productive 2010 season, recording 42 tackles, six pass break-ups and three interceptions. As a senior, Tookes continued to be a player head coach Johnny White could rely on to make plays.

“We hung our hats on Davion and [Josh] Holsey to take us as far as they could. Both had great years, but you win and lose up front,” said White, whose team finished with a 5-5 record and just missed out on the postseason. Creekside was forced to play two freshman offensive tackles and two sophomores at offensive guard.

Being healthy this past offseason was certainly beneficial for Tookes, who didn’t add much weight but did add strength.

“The problem last year, which was really Davion’s first year ever playing corner, was he played with a soft cast because he broke his wrist in the spring. He really couldn’t lift weights the way we want him to,” White said. “This past summer, he really focused on getting stronger. The strength gave him confidence. He had some shots out there. I felt he was more physical.”

The 5’11”, 170-pound Tookes made some big-time plays on defense last season, scoring on all three of his interception returns (92, 98, and 108 yards). As a senior, his big-play ability translated to special teams.

“He blocked four punts this year,” White said. “He just got down in the track stance and went after the punter.”

Track, White says, is a reason why Tookes has decided against enrolling at Virginia Tech in January of 2012.

“He’s a part of our 4X1 track team that won the state last year,” White said of Tookes. “They had a 41.14-second time, which ended up being sixth fastest in the country. 40.69 seconds is the state record.”

Tookes was Virginia Tech’s first commitment of the 2012 class. He remains solid in the decision according to his coach.

“He’s definitely solid with Tech,” White said. “A lot of schools came out of the woodwork. South Carolina, Ole Miss, Maryland, Louisville, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt came after him, but I think he’s pretty solid with Tech.”

Tookes is in good shape academically, having already