Dancey, Addison pick up offers
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... Read more
Skyhawks’ speedster  commits to Va. Tech
Jaden Payoute, a rising senior at L.C. Bird High School and a track star, wide receiver and defensive back, recently gave a verbal pledge to head to Blacksburg. “I chose Virginia Tech because I felt the connection with the coaches and the players,” he said. “It was a very... Read more
Hickman headed to Cincinnati
Another local athlete made his verbal commitment to play at the next level. Immanuel Hickman will play his college football at the University of Cincinnati. “Cincinnati is the school I chose because I felt the most at home there. Cincinnati has that southern-city feel,” Hickman told Ultimate Recruit. “Honestly,... Read more
As summer gets ready to officially start, the recruiting scene is scorching for several area student-athletes. Thomas Dale High’s defensive lineman/linebacker Rick D’Abreu has a total of 16 scholarship offers. The four newest offers for the rising senior are from Campbell, William and Mary, and two schools from the... Read more
Beamon’s stock soars, Payoute’s starting to climb
The L.C. Bird High School football faithful have another season of watching the greatest recruit in school history: defensive and offensive lineman Hakeem Beamon. Beamon has offers from Alabama, Ohio State, South Carolina, UVA and Arkansas, among many others. The rising senior was originally committed to North Carolina, but... Read more
Offers roll in for Hickman
They say when it rains, it pours. There may not be a truer statement for Matoaca High defensive end Immanuel “Manny” Hickman. Coming into this spring, the 6-3, 230-pound three star recruit didn’t have any scholarship offers. Now, he’s got a dozen. “He may be a bit of a... Read more
Tyree, D’Abreu making off-season headlines
Rick D’Abreu If you follow Thomas Dale High School football, you’re used to seeing the program churn out prospects who play at the highest level of college football. Running backs William Henderson, Rudi Johnson and Ken Oxendine went to North Carolina, Auburn and Virginia Tech, respectively. Then they ascended... Read more
The attorney representing several school officials in a civil lawsuit brought over a championship football poster recently responded and asked that the suit be dismissed. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew J. Fulwider filed papers with the Chesterfield County General District Court on March 30. The inadvertent misidentification of a student... Read more
Overcoming the odds: Dorsey commits to La-Lafayette
One website suggests that just one in 39 athletes will end up playing football at the Division I level. That’s 2.6 percent. That represents an average situation: average upbringing, average high school, average home life, a student with average academics, and an average injury history. What’s considered “average” depends... Read more
A football championship poster gone bad?
A misidentified player’s photo on the L.C. Bird High School 5A football state championship team poster from 2013 has resulted in a parent filing a civil lawsuit against school district officials. David Shurland sued the school’s principal, Laura Hebert, along with Chesterfield County Public Schools officials Joseph Tylus, James... Read more