Phoebus (Hampton, VA) wide receiver Romond Deloatch has seen an uptick in his recruitment over the course of the past month. The 6’5″, 225-pound senior claims offers from Cincinnati, Marshall and Temple. North Carolina and Virginia Tech are among the schools showing increased interest of late, and in fact Deloatch has scheduled an official visit to Blacksburg.
“I’m going to visit Virginia Tech on the 20th,” he said.
Tech has not offered a full ride at this point. The Phantoms standout expects to learn more about his standing with the Hokies while on the visit, which is currently the only official visit he has scheduled so far.
With less than a month until Signing Day, Deloatch claims no favorite.
“I’m open,” Deloatch said.
Deloatch generated quite a bit of buzz for his 6-catch, 125-yard, 1-touchdown performance in Phoebus’ 36-17 win over Stone Bridge in the 2010 Division 5 state championship game. He came up big again in the 2011 state championship contest against South County, a game he believes boosted his stock with major college coaches.
“During the season, I would only get the ball like three times a game,” said Deloatch, who had five catches for 148 yards and two scores in the 20-10 win last month. He finished the year with 40 catches for 821 yards and nine scores. “In the state championship game, people could see my talent. I feel like the state game helped out a whole lot. And it wasn’t just catching…it was blocking and all that.”
Coming up big when it mattered most did not happen by mistake.
“I just believe in myself. If you do the things you need to, good things come to you. I work hard,” Deloatch said.
Deloatch took his talents to the 2nd annual Chesapeake Bowl last week. Overall, he was pleased with his performance.
“I felt good,” Deloatch said. “I had a good week of practice. I didn’t play as well in the game, but that’s okay. There was a lot of great competition. A lot of great defensive backs, and I felt good about it.”
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