A popular saying in sports is “next man up,” and the L.C. Bird High Skyhawks have just that, another big man to help fill the hole left by Hakeem Beamon’s possible transfer. That man is 6-2, 285-pound offensive lineman DeMarkus Dancey.
The rising senior picked up his second offer from Concord University in West Virginia.
“When I was coaching at Virginia Union, I scoured L.C. Bird for talent,” explained current L.C. Bird coach Troy Taylor. “I went away from the game saying ‘No. 53 gets after it,’ and that No. 53 was DeMarkus.”
Not only is he a good player, he’s a good teammate and student as well.
“You can trust him and count on him,” Taylor said. “He cares about his teammates and the L.C. Bird football program.”
In Taylor’s words, Dancey is a “Division I football player.” Big and strong, his blocking techniques have improved, and he continues to develop his skill level and body. Surely, more college coaches will come calling.
Dancey’s first offer came from an NAIA institution, St. Andrew’s, located in Florida.
Another name that’s appeared in the news in the past week is Xavier Addison. Last season, he played for L.C. Bird, but will transfer back to Matoaca for the upcoming school year and football season.
He Tweeted that he picked up his first offer from Virginia University of Lynchburg. Under new coach Bobby Rome, the team hopes to improve on last year’s 0-8 record. The Dragons are a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association. They are a small, private, historically black Christian college with an enrollment of 205 students last year.
More colleges are interested, and we shouldn’t be surprised to see Addison making more headlines. The rising senior says that schools such as Maryland, Central Florida, Old Dominion, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Yale, Cornell, Temple and William and Mary have all shown interest in him.