Old Dominion received a significant boost Wednesday when Christian Byrum, a 3-star recruit from Virginia Beach with scholarship offers from four ACC schools, committed to the Monarchs.
Byrum, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety and wide receiver from Tallwood High, committed during a team camp at ODU, the Virginian-Pilot reported and Byrum confirmed on his Twitter account.
Byrum had offers from N.C. State, Syracuse, Boston College and Duke, as well as Wisconsin, East Carolina and Cincinnati.
He told the Pilot that his commitment is solid, even if Virginia Tech or Virginia offer a scholarship. He said that he wants to play in front of family and friends.
He is ODU's ninth commitment in the 2014 recruiting class. Four of the nine are rated 3 stars or better by ESPN. Only three of the 36 players in the Monarchs' 2013 recruiting class were rated 3 stars. ...
Kicker Remington Hinshaw, who was 17-of-26 on field goals in two seasons for Richmond, is transferring to Virginia Tech, The Roanoke Times reported. He is from Patrick Henry High in Roanoke and will be eligible in 2014.
Virginia made it official, announcing the hiring of Phoebus High great La’Keshia Frett Meredith as an assistant coach to Joanne Boyle.
Meredith, a former All-American at Georgia who played seven WNBA seasons and has been on the Bulldogs’ staff since 2005, primarily will work with U.Va.’s post players.
“La’Keshia was a dominant player who had tremendous success in both the collegiate and professional ranks, and she has maintained that same passionate desire and ability to win in her coaching career,” Boyle said.
Richmond will name Tracy Woodson head coach, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, citing sources.
Woodson, a graduate of Richmond’s Benedictine High, has been the head coach at Division I Valparaiso (Ind.) since 2006. He will replace Mark McQueen, who resigned June 20 after six seasons.
Woodson, 50, managed seven years in the minors, including Triple-A Albuquerque in 2004, after 13 seasons as a pro player. He was a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers and played on their 1988 World Series champions. He also played for St. Louis during his five years in the majors.
Rob Summers, a 7-footer who played center for Penn State and West Virginia, joined James Madison’s staff as director of basketball operations.
For two years, he was an assistant coach and compliance coordinator at Division II Glenville State in West Virginia.