In today’s world of college athletics there is tremendous pressure to win, which leads college coaches to go after commitments from athletes at a younger and younger age.
For example, Southern California’s Lane Kiffin actually garnered an oral commitment from a 13-year-old Delaware quarterback earlier this month. As a result, late bloomers are often overlooked.
As a junior, Thomas Dale’s Airek Green made a decision to sit out the 2008 football season and concentrate his focus on basketball. Upon returning to Dale’s state championship squad this season, Green earned district player of the year, regional player of the year and all-state honors. Still the 6-foot-1-inch, 198-pound defensive back was overlooked on national signing day.
Dale Coach Vic Williams always believed Green was a Division-I player and last week that belief turned into reality, as Green signed a letter of intent to continue his education and football career at William and Mary.
At William and Mary, Green will be a part of one of the strongest programs in the Football Championship Series. Last season, the Tribe came within minutes of making the championship game, falling to eventual champion Villanova. Playing in the Colonial Athletic Association, Dale fans will have many opportunities to watch Airek’s career unfold. In addition to home games in Williamsburg, the Tribe will routinely travel to Richmond, JMU and ODU.