Volusia County: WR Dramon Grady gets rare touchdown in DeLand's wing-T offense

Sentinel Staff Writer

Memphis commit Dramon Grady doesn't catch a lot of passes in DeLand's Wing-T offense. But he's not just a tall target (6-6, 205) waiting for his chance to be in a passing offense in college.

As Bulldogs CoachKevin Pettis put it on Saturday, "he's a football player."

Grady starts at safety as well as receiver for DeLand and made a big play just by following the football in the 'Dogs Friday night win over Deltona. Grady recovered a teammates' fumble that spilled into the end zone for DeLand's second touchdown in a 39-0 win over Deltona.

"He had some tackles too," Pettis said. "His contribution has been amazing. He plays special teams. He barely comes off the field."

Grady is one of those guys whose stats won't be very impressive. But Pettis said, "without question, he's going to be a good college player. He might grow into a tight end. They don't know, we don't now. But I think he'll be a good football player."

Other schools have taken notice and Marshall became the second major college to offer a scholarship last week.

Pettis said Grady's commitment to Memphis still stands at this point.

Also last week, senior OGJared Wilkins (6-3/297) became DeLand's fourth senior and fifth player to orally commit. He committed to NCAA Wofford.

Wilkins joins outside linebackerMark Joyce (USF), wingback Shontrelle Johnson (Northwestern) and Grady from the Class of 2010 and junior wingback/returner De'Ante Saunders, who committed to Florida last week.

Saunders, the top-rated junior on the Sentinel's Central Florida Class of 2011 chart, rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 28-yard pass reception fromNick Ciciarelli and a 92-yard kickoff return against Deltona. Johnson, the No. 16 senior in the Sentinel's Central Florida Top 100, ran for 100 yards and a TD.

  • Central Florida passing leader Matt Thompson of Daytona Beach Seabreeze (5-3) threw for 235 yards and two more touchdowns as the Sandcrabs moved closer to a playoff berth with a 20-3 win over Flagler Palm Coast. Thompson (6-2/185), the No. 19 prospect on our Central Florida Top 100 seniors list, had a TD toss to Dominique Roberts (Ath., 6-1/203), the No. 17 area senior.
  • Quinn Bell (Sr., 5-10/175) continued to play well at quarterback for Mainland (5-2, 3-0). He ran for a score, passed for four TDs, and then added an 85-yard interception return TD in a 61-14 rout of Deltona Pine Ridge. Mainland's two outstanding wide receiver prospects, O.J. Ross (Sr., 5-11, 175) and Chevin Davis (6-1/175, No. 73 CF), both had two TD receptions as Mainland scored 54 points in the first half. Junior RB Marlin Lane was held to six carries for 72 yards rushing – due to his own coaches' merciful play-calling. Pine Ridge's outstanding junior linebacker prospect Willie Mitchell had the highlight for his 0-7 team with an 83-yard kickoff return TD.
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