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VMI Gets Three Locals In 2014 Recruiting Class

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From VMI athletics:

LEXINGTON, Va. – Virginia Military Institute head coach Sparky Woods today announced the signings of the 2014 football recruiting class. The group features 14 signees including nine that are defensive players. Eight come from the state of Virginia, and six from out-of-state. Six states are represented in this year's signing day class.

 

"I'm real excited about our class," said Woods. "It's defensive heavy, but with some offensive guys coming in including players at quarterback and left tackle. Defensively, we also have cover guys and players who can run on defense. Each year we have tried to strengthen our secondary with the game getting so spread out and that also includes the outside backers who get around the ball on the perimeter. Offensively, you always want to get a quarterback and add a player maker or two who can have an impact on special teams."

 

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2014 VMI FOOTBALL SIGNEES (As of 2/5/14)

Bradley Brown OL, 6-3, 280, Magna Vista HS, Martinsville, Va.

Allan Cratsenberg ILB, 6-3, 220, Highlands HS, Natrona, Pa.

Adam Doll-Hennis ILB, 6-2, 235, Rockbridge Co. HS, Lexington, Va.

Xavier Greenfield DL, 6-0, 240, Magna Vista HS, Martinsville, Va.

Devin Johnson DL, 6-1, 270, Swansea HS, Gaston, S.C.

Brian Lipscomb OLB, 6-3, 225, Kecoughtan HS, Hampton, Va.

Jade Maher QB, 6-4, 190, Connellsville HS, Dunbar, Pa.

John Mobley TE, 6-4, 235, Nansemond Suffolk Academy, Portsmouth, Va.

Tony Richardson LB, 6-3, 215, University HS, Morgantown, W.Va.

Greg Sanders DB, 5-10, 170, Christian Brothers HS, Cordova, Tenn.

Chase Smith OL, 6-3, 280, Woodgrove HS, Lovettsville, Va.

Gabe Sutherland DB, 5-10, 200, McLean HS, McLean, Va.

Brice Tucker WR, 5-10, 175, Bishop Sullivan Catholic HS, Hampton, Va.

Michael Williams DB, 5-10, 170, McEachern HS, Powder Springs, Ga.

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Bradley Brown OL 6-4 280 Martinsville, Va. / Magna Vista H.S.
Major: Business/Economics
Son of Henry & Pamela Bridges and Weldon Brown
Coached by Joe Favero
Hosted by Derrick Ziglar
Academic Host: LTC Sam Allen

Football:

  • 2013 All Conference 31
  • 2013 All District
  • 2013 All Times Land

Accolades:

  • Honor Roll
  • National Society for Black Engineers
  • Boy Scout
  • Volunteers to deliver care packages at Nursing Home
  • Volunteers at home church

Allan Cratsenberg ILB 6-3 220 Natrona, Pa. / Highlands H.S.
Major: Business/Economics
Son of Heather Cratsenberg
Coached by Sam Alberts
Hosted by Logan Staib
Academic Host: LTC Sam Allen

Football:

  • First Team All State Linebacker
  • VND's Defensive Player of the Year (Twice)
  • All Conference three years as LB and TE

Academics:

  • National Honor Society
  • 3.7 overall GPA

Adam Doll-Hennis ILB 6-2 235 Lexington, Va. / Rockbridge Co. H.S.
Major: Psychology
Son of Pat & Melissa Hennis and Steve & Lisa Doll
Coached by Jason White
Hosted by Travis Hawkins
Academic Host: Col. Dave Cotting

Sophomore:

  • First Team All Blue Ridge District Linebacker
  • Second Team All Region III Linebacker
  • Second Team Virginia Preps All State Underclassmen Linebacker
  • Roanoke Times Sizzlin' Sophomore Linebacker
  • Rockbridge County Defensive Player of the Year
  • School Record Most Tackles in a Single Season- 161

Junior:

  • First Team All Blue Ridge District Linebacker
  • 2nd Team All Region III Linebacker
  • 1st Team Virginia Preps All State Underclassmen Linebacker
  • 2nd Team Roanoke Times All Timesland Linebacker
  • Rockbridge County Defensive Player of the Year
  • Virginia Preps Pre Season All State Linebacker

Senior:

  • 1st Team All Blue Ridge District Linebacker
  • 1st Team All Conference 31 Linebacker
  • 2nd Team All West Region Linebacker
  • 1st Team Roanoke Times All Timesland Linebacker
  • 2nd Team Virginia Preps All West Region Team
  • Rockbridge County Linebacker of the Year
  • Rockbridge County Defensive Player of the Year
  • School Record Most Fumble Recoveries in a Single Game-3

Career:

  • School Record Most Tackles in a Single Season- 161
  • School Record Most Tackles in a Career- 517
  • School Record Most Fumble Recoveries in a Single Game - 3
  • School Record Most Fumble Recoveries in a Career

Xavier Greenfield DL 6-0 265 Martinsville, Va. / Magna Vista H.S.
Major: Biology
Son of Vincent & Yuka Greenfield
Coached by Joe Favero
Hosted by Derrick Ziglar
Academic Host: Col. Tom Baur

Athletic Awards

  • 3X NUC OL MVP
  • 2011 All-Timesland Sizzlin Sophomore Team
  • 2X 1st-Team Piedmont All-District
  • 2nd Team All-District
  • 1st Team All-Region
  • All-State Honorable Mention
  • 3-Year Starter on OL
  • Started both ways Senior year
  • 2X Captain
  • 2013-14 NUC North vs. South Senior All-Star Game Participant
  • 3X Regional Selection for Track/Shot Put

Academic Awards

  • A-B Honor through high school
  • BETA club member
  • Academic Athlete certificate

Devin Johnson DL 6-1 270 Gaston, S.C. / Swansea H.S.
Major: Business/Economics
Son of Bobby Johnson & Daniela Johnson
Coached by Chad Leaphart
Hosted by John Washington
Academic Host: Col. Francis Bush

Football

  • Four year Football Varsity starter for both Offensive and Defensive Line.
  • All Region IV AAA Senior Year
  • First Team Offense
  • First Team Defense
  • Midlands AAA Defensive Player of the Year
  • All County (Lexington County)
  • All State 2012
  • Touchstone Energy Cooperation Bowl (North vs. South All Star Game)

Wrestling

  • State Qualifier
  • North South All Star Wrestler
  • Three year Varsity Wrestler

Track

  • Lower State Qualifier
  • Currently holds the school record for Shot Put- 44.4
  • Two year Varsity Track

His brother Byron Johnson plays LB for Furman University.

Senior Year Stats:

  • Tackles: 47.5
  • TFL: 11.5
  • Sacks: 3.5
  • Caused Fumbles: 2
  • Fumble Recovery: 2

Brian Lipscomb OLB 6-3 225 Hampton, Va. / Kecoughtan H.S.
Major: Computer Science
Son of Bobby & Jackie Lipscomb
Coached by Alonzo Coley
Hosted by Joe Nelson
Academic Host: Col. Myron Gluck

Awards

  • 2nd team All Conference 2 picks as a senior
  • 3rd team All-757
  • Army's Friday Night Lights Football Student Athlete Special Recognition Award
  • Athletic Award for Outstanding Achievement in JV/Varsity Football/Track
  • Captain, Varsity Football Team (12)
  • 3 Year Letterman

Jade Maher QB 6-4 190 Dunbar, Pa. / Connellsville H.S.
Major: Engineering
Son of Jeff & Rosanne Maher
Coached by David McDonald
Hosted by Andrew Marcotte
Academic Host: Maj. Wakeel Idewu

Football:

  • 4 year letterman and starter
  • 2 year Foothills All-Conference Performer at Quarterback
  • All-County Performer as a Senior
  • Threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in career

Basketball:

  • 3 year letterman and starter
  • 2 year All County Performer

Academics:

  • Member of the Penn State 4.0 Club
  • Academic All-Star
  • 2 Year Member of the National Honor Society

John Mobley TE 6-4 235 Portsmouth, Va. / Nansemond Suffolk Academy
Major: English
Son of Earle and Cindy Mobley
Coached by Lew Johnston
Hosted by Brad Hann
Academic Host: Maj. Heather Branstetter

Sophomore:

  • 2nd team All Conference TE
  • 2nd team All State TE

Junior:

  • 1st team All Conference TE
  • 2nd team All Conference DE
  • Team Captain
  • 1st team All State TE
  • Member of Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce leadership institute

Senior:

  • Team captain
  • 1st team All Conference TE
  • 2nd team All Conference DE
  • 1st team All State TE
  • 1st team All State DE
  • 19 receptions for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns

Tony Richardson LB 6-3 215 Morgantown, W.Va. / University H.S.
Major: Business/Economics
Son of Tony Richardson & Denisha Murray
Coached by John Kelley
Hosted by Joe Nelson
Academic Host: Col. Francis Bush

  • 1st Team All State
  • 1st Team All OVAC
  • 1st Team TRAC
  • All-Area Team
  • #2 ranked player in the State of West Virginia

2013-2014

  • 25 Tackles
  • 5 Sacks
  • 18 Catches 356 Yds 3 TDs

2012-2013

  • 61.5 Tackles
  • 5 Sacks
  • 16 Catches 209 yds 1 TD

Greg Sanders DB 5-10 170 Cordova, Tenn. / Christian Brothers H.S.
Major: Business/Economics
Son of Greg Sanders Sr. & Charlotte Sanders
Coached by Scott Vogel
Hosted by Damian Jones
Academic Host: Col. Francis Bush

Football 2013:

  • 54 tackles, 33 solo, 21 asst
  • 1 INT, 9 yds
  • 3 FG blocked (1 returned for TD)

Football 2012:

  • 15 tackles, 11 solo, 4 asst
  • 10 KR, 292 yds, 97 yd TD
  • 275 all purpose yds

Career:

  • Varsity 3 year Starter
  • 23 rec, 242 yds, 3 TD
  • 10 car, 60 yds
  • 69 tackles, 44 solo, 25 asst
  • 14 KR, 284 yds, 1 TD (97yd)
  • 595 all purpose yds
  • 2012 CBHS KR record

Track:

  • 100m personal best - 11.4 (2012)
  • 400m personal - 52.46 (2012)
  • 200m personal best - 22.81 (2010)
  • 4x1 relay member
  • 4x2 relay member
  • 4x4 relay member

Academics:

  • 4.1 cumulative GPA
  • 1st Honor Roll (3yrs)
  • Spanish Club
  • National Honor Society
  • National Spanish Honor Society
  • CBHS Student Ambassador
  • Community Service
  • Bridge Builders of Memphis

Chase Smith OL 6-3 280 Lovettsville, Va. / Woodgrove H.S.
Major: History
Son of John & Stephanie Smith
Coached by Mike Skinner
Hosted by Dakota Nicely
Academic Host: Capt. Blair Turner

  • 3 year starter
  • All Conference
  • All State

Gabe Sutherland DB 5-10 200 McLean, Va. / McLean H.S.
Major: International Studies
Son of Bill & Noelle Sutherland
Coached by Nick Worek VMI ‘07
Hosted by Robert de Wolff
Academic Host: Capt. Blair Turner

Awards:

  • 2012 All-Liberty District Selection (LB)
  • 2012 All-Northern Region Selection
  • 2013 All-Liberty District Selection (RB/LB)
  • 2013 All-Northern Region Selection
  • 2013 All-Met Honorable Mention Selection

Brice Tucker WR 5-10 175 Hampton, Va. / Bishop Sullivan Catholic H.S.
Major: Engineering
Son of Leonardo & Julie Tucker
Coached by Carl Turner
Hosted by Deon Watts
Academic Host: Maj. Wakeel Idewu

Junior year:

  • 1st Team All State RB
  • 2nd Team All District DB
  • Offensive Team MVP
  • Freedom Ford Player of the Week
  • Rushing 132 car 1288 yds 15 tds
  • Receiving 4 rec 83 yds 1 td
  • 2 - 80 yd kick return for td
  • 200m State Champion
  • 4x100m State Champion
  • 4x400m State Champion
  • State Championship MVP
  • Won Track and Field State Championship
  • Track & Field MVP
  • School Athlete of the Year

Senior:

  • 2nd Team All State RB
  • 2nd Team All Conference RB & DB
  • Won Football State Championship
  • Rushing 103 car 876 yds 8.5 avg 70 lng 11tds
  • Receiving 5 rec 117yds 23.4 avg 60 lng 1 td

Activities:

  • Spanish Club 10th grade
  • Latin Club 12th grade
  • Volunteer Hampton VA Medical Center for disabled veterans 9th-12th grade

Michael Williams DB 5-10 170 Powder Springs, Ga. / McEachern H.S.
Major: Computer Science
Son of Ricky & Beth Williams
Coached by Kyle Hockman
Hosted by Alex James
Academic Host: Col. Myron Gluck

Awards:

  • Selected 2013 All Region 4 in AAAAAA Classification
  • Football Varsity letter earned for 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons
  • Led team in Pass Break Ups during team's semifinals run in 2013
  • Invited & participated in 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
  • 2 Time Cobb County TD Club Defensive Player of the Week
  • 2013 Eric Petty Award recipient for hard work, leadership, character and play
  • McEachern Gold Academic List (3.5 or above GPA) for three consecutive years
  • Earned Academic Excellence award as a freshman
  • 3.65 Cumulative GPA & Member of Beta Club
  • Member of Distinguished Indian Association
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