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Inside the BRD: Four Bay Rivers District football players sign with Division I schools

Check here for NATIONAL SIGNING DAY news on all Bay Rivers District football teams. The district has four Division I signees, possibly a record, and numerous others committing to smaller schools.

 

UPDATE 4:10 P.M.

JAMESTOWN - Eagles coach Lee Williams saw several players compete in college from his first team (in 2012), including George Buskey (Bridgewater), Colin Moog (CNU), Brody Scott (Randolph-Macon) and Cody Griggs (Apprentice). RB Stas Szczepanski is foremost among those considering playing at the collegiate level from this year's group, with Virginia Military Institute his top option, Williams said. All-Bay Rivers District quarterback Tyler Doane is considering several Division III types at the moment, while talented defensive end Orlando McCoin might be looking to go the junior-college route.

UPDATE 3:55 P.M.

BRUTON - Two-way All-State Group 2A selection Kapri Doucet signed with James Madison University shortly after lunch. Doucet gained about 1,500 rushing and receiving yards this year - more than 1,000 rushing - but is best known as a hard hitter on defense and was recruited as a safety. His coach at Bruton, Tracy Harrod, played linebacker at JMU, but said Doucet's decision was all his own.

"It's always up to the kid what he wants to do," Harrod said. "But as a coach, I'm a little more proud when a player goes to the place I went."

 

UPDATE 3:30 P.M.

YORK - Defensive end Malcolm Reynolds could give the Bay Rivers a fifth player on the Division I level this season. Falcons coach Doug Pereira say that Liberty University may want him as a prefered walk-on and that West Virginia is showing interest. Pace University, a Division II school in New York is also showing serious interest, Pereira said. Reynolds had 13 sacks this past season for the Falcons, about the same number as younger brother Darius, a sophomore defensive lineman likely to receive Division I interest over the next two seasons.

 

UPDATE 3:15 P.M.

TABB - All-Conference center Matt Staul is the only Tigers senior seriously considering college football at this time. He recently visited Shenandoah and is also considering Bridgewater and Christopher Newport University. Juniors Brent Hinson, who has run for more than 1,000 yards the past two seasons, and Antwuan Hicks, who led the district in receiving this past season, are expected to receive recruiting interest next season.

 

UPDATE 2:55 P.M.

POQUOSON - The Islanders' Grayson Boyce, who ran for nearly 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns, will sign with Football Championship Subdivision national runnerup Towson University at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday during a get together with family, friends and teammates at Mr. C's Pizza & Subs. The Tigers have recruited Boyce as a fullback and H-back. He will join Campbell's Luke Hill and William and Mary's William Haskins as players from the 2010 AA Division 3 state championship team to go Division I.

UPDATE 2:30 P.M.

POQUOSON - All-Colonial Rivers Conference 25 tight end Ty Crouse has signed to play for Division II Chowan University, where he walk on after receiving academic and leadership scholarships. Crouse, a 6-3, 225-pound senior, led the Islanders with 11 receptions for 164 yards, scoring one touchdown. "I feel blessed," Crouse said of playing football on the next level. "I'm excited to play at Chowan, and I'd like to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for their support."

UPDATES 1:15-2 P.M.

WARHILL - DeVonte Dedmon (William and Mary): Dedmon signed first this morning, about 10:30 a.m. with the Tribe. Afterward, he said, "I'm just happy the Lord gave me this opportunity and I'm happy I can help my family out now. Honestly I'm glad the process is over and I love the other players in my recruiting class."

LAFAYETTE - Jahlil Green (William and Mary), who ran for 2,055 yards and 34 touchdowns was next up. He said upon signing, "A dream-come-true is exactly what this is. It feels like a relief and an accomplishment to sign. I'm glad to be a part of the Tribe family and really like the whole 2014 recruiting class coming in with me. I'm going to try and go play early.

GRAFTON - The Clippers have put their share of players in Division I in recent years with the likes of PK Jalon Brown (ODU), WR Jesse Santiago (W&M), TE Dylan Stallings (James Madison) and OL Jacob Mazgajewski (Norfolk State). This year's top seniors are heading to Division III, with WR/DB Tyrell Noel going to Christopher Newport University and RB/WR Bryan Mitchell heading to Wingate University (N.C.).

Noell led the Clippers with 20 receptions for 285 yards, while Mitchell had 26 tackles at DB. "We're excited they are continuing their football careers," Grafton coach Matt McLeod said. "They set the tone for our next coaching staff and we wish them luck moving forward."

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