Defensive End, Class of 2022
John Handley High School, Winchester, VA
With the Virginia High School League’s decision to postpone fall sports to the spring, John Handley (Va.) 2022 defensive end Stephen Daley is among those who have been forced to make adjustments.
Training and any kind of practice opportunities have been scant, but Daley has managed to still get his film seen by a few coaches, which has led to a couple of early scholarship offers. Virginia offered in early April, while Virginia Tech followed suit in late August. Still, Daley is just easing into his recruitment, which means a decision isn’t even on his mind, especially as he sorts through his preparation for the spring season.
“It’s been rough and there was a point where we didn’t know if we’d even have a season,” Daley said. “We had to keep ourselves motivated, running, doing conditioning. We’re not even having a (fall) season now. You have to keep yourself motivated, just knowing we’re going to be fine. In my area, they decided, made up a day, said when they’re going to make a choice (on having a season). For those two weeks, it was like, I was hoping to get a season for the seniors to have one. It’s just been hard.”
Daley said it’s also been difficult to figure out some specifics in what he wants in a college football program and university. He’s taken just one campus visit in the past year, to Virginia Tech last fall for its game against Pittsburgh. For now, Daley just doesn’t have anything to compare that to.
That visit to Blacksburg, however, did give Daley a sense about the Hokies. That, in addition to what he’s heard from friends, family and coaches, have helped him form some expectations of Virginia Tech.
“It’s nice and the entrance is really cool, the tunnel and coming out to ‘(Enter) Sandman,’” Daley said. “I know they’re building some new facilities, but I think they’re finished now. I haven’t seen them,...
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