Hanahan (S.C.) standout athlete Sam Denmark has committed to Virginia Tech for football. This spring, however, the 6’0”, 175-pound rising senior showed off his talents in another sport: Track.
The future Hokie captured two individual Class AAA state championships in 2015 – the 100 meters, which he ran in 10.65 seconds, and 200 meters – and was part of the state title winning 4X100 relay team. These accomplishments come one year after Denmark earned a 2nd place finish in the 100 and a 3rd place finish in the 200 in the 2014 state track meet.
Track is something Denmark may consider doing in college, but for now the primary focus is football. Speed is certainly an asset the wide receiver prospect will bring to the table. This offseason, he is working to solidify other areas of his game with route running being one point of emphasis.
“I’ve been watching film and then also working with my trainer. He helps me with running routes,” said Denmark, who averaged 18.6 yards per catch his junior season. As a sophomore, he had 40 catches for 912 yards.
Hanahan’s 2015 squad has room to grow but is “looking pretty good,” Denmark said. “It’ll be like a learning experience, but if we keep working at it every day we’ll be fine.”
Denmark pledged to Virginia Tech in February, just weeks after attending a Junior Day in Blacksburg. He says he remains firm in his commitment.
“I’m 100-percent committed,” he said.
Asked to reflect on the reasons why he chose Tech, Denmark replied: “The coaching staff, the fan base, and it’s a nice educational school as far as whether or you are an athlete or non-athlete graduating. Also, it’s not too far from home.”
Denmark adds that it is a “definite” that he will enroll in college in January of 2016, after graduating from Hanahan this December.
“Just so I can get in early, get some college credits, and also learn the football playbook,” Denmark said when asked why he wants to enroll early.
Denmark has visited Virginia Tech one time since he committed. He was in Lane Stadium in April for the Spring Game. He plans on returning on July 25, when the Tech coaches host a cookout recruiting event.
“The weather wasn’t the best, but it was nice seeing guys I could possibly play with on the next level,” Denmark said of the Spring Game...
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