WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Feb. 5, 2014) - William and Mary head football coach Jimmye Laycock has announced the Tribe's 2014 signing class, which includes 15 student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent this afternoon.
“We approached this class looking to address some specific needs,” Laycock said. “Beyond that, our focus was to bring in a balanced and versatile class. I am very pleased with the results, as our staff did an outstanding job of identifying and securing qualified student-athletes from all over the eastern seaboard. We are looking forward to working with this group of young men and help them reach their potential, both on the field and in the classroom.”
The incoming class is comprised of players from seven states along the east coast from Georgia to Delaware. In addition to four signees from Virginia, the class also includes players from Maryland (5), North Carolina (2), Georgia (1), Tennessee (1), West Virginia (1) and Delaware (1).
The group consists of three offensive linemen, three defensive backs, two defensive linemen, two linebackers, a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and an athlete.
Complete bio information for all 15 signees is available below.
The Tribe's annual Green and Gold Spring Game is scheduled for April 12 at Zable Stadium. W&M will open the 2014 season at Virginia Tech on Aug. 30.
|Name||Video||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown / High School|
|View||OL||6-5||285||Laurinburg, N.C. / Scotland HS|
|View||WR||6-3||195||New Market, Md. / Oakdale HS|
|View||TE||6-4||235||Rockville, Md. / Georgetown Prep|
|View||ATH||5-9||175||Williamsburg, Va. / Warhill HS|
|View||DB||5-11||170||Waldorf, Md. / Saint Johns College HS|
|View||DL||6-2||290||Cookeville, Tenn. / Upperman HS|
|View||DB||6-1||200||DeWitt, Va. / Dinwiddie HS|
|View||RB||5-10||175||Williamsburg, Va. / Lafayette HS|
|View||OL||6-7||315||Augusta, Ga. / Lawrenceville School|
|View||QB||5-11||175||Lewisburg, W.Va. / Greenbrier East HS|
|View||OLB||6-3||220||Edgewater, Md. / DeMatha Catholic HS|
|View||OL||6-4||272||Jacksonville, N.C. / Jacksonville HS|
|View||DB||5-9||170||Fairfax, Va. / Chantilly HS|
|View||DL||6-2||324||Smyrna, Del. / Smyrna HS|
|View||LB||6-2||235||Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken HS|
Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland High School
Head Coach: Richard Bailey
Prep: Four-year letterwinner as a right tackle, left tackle and center for head coach Richard Bailey at Scotland High School … Earned first-team all-region honors as a senior after totaling 53 pancake blocks … Also garnered all-conference distinction … Received Brooks Hale offensive lineman award … Helped lead SHS to a 44-3 record during his final three seasons … Helped squad advance to the state championship as a senior after being part of the 2011 4a state championship team … SHS also won the conference title in 2013 … Member of the National Honor Society and participated in yearbook … Personal: Son of Rick and Pam Best … Third cousin, Brett Kern, is a punter for the Tennessee Titans … Enjoys hunting, fishing, reading and movies.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver and free safety for head coach Kurt Stein at Oakdale High School … Finished his career as the school record holder for receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and total touchdowns … Earned second-team all-state honors as a wide receiver as a junior and a senior … Played in the Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star Game and the Baltimore Touchdown Club (BTC) All-Star Game … Invited to play in the Big 33 All-Star Game … BTC Supper 22 selection in 2013 … Ranked as one of the top 80 players in the state of Maryland by MarylandVarsity.com … Garnered first-team All-Frederick County distinction as a senior after earning second-team accolades as a junior … Also a first-team MVAL All-League Piedmont Division honoree in 2013 after garnering second-team honors in 2012 … Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Earned multiple letters as an outfielder on the baseball team and as a forward on the basketball team … Led the team in stolen bases as a junior … Participated in junior and senior class government … Honor roll student who is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars … One of three high school juniors in Frederick County selected to preside over the 23rd Annual Frederick County Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January, 2013 … Member of the Necktie Club … Personal: Son of Michael and Inger Carlisle … Enjoys astronomy (star gazing), ceramic art, drawing and listening to music.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a tight end and linebacker for head coach Dan Paro at Georgetown Prep … Served as a captain during his senior year but missed the season due to injury … Honored as the 2013 Maplewood Athletic Association High School Player of the Year …First-team all-state selection as a junior … All-Met honorable mention choice in 2012 … Also earned first-team All-Gazette honors and second-team all-county distinction … Set a single-season school record with 157 tackles as a junior … Recorded 22 receptions and a pair of touchdowns as a tight end in 2012 … Lettered in lacrosse and was the team MVP on his freshman basketball squad that posted a 18-1 record … Served as senior class president … Volunteered as a Kairos religious retreat leader … Volunteered at the Byron House for Assisted Living, with KEEN and S.H.A.R.E. … Personal: Son of Frank and Kate Caskin … Father wrestled at Wesleyan University (CT) … Enjoys community service and volunteer work, as well as reading, biking and swimming.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner as quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back for head coaches Obie Boykin and William Jarvis at Warhill High School … Selected to the Chesapeake Bowl All-Star Game as a wide receiver in 2013 … Also invited to a number of all-star camps including: Nike Football Training Camp; Top Gun; Blue Chips Challenge; U.S. Army National Combine … Ranked as the 49th best player in the state of Virginia by Athlon Sports Magazine … Ranked as the 94th best player in the state by the Roanoke Times … Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Finished his career as the Bay Rivers District all-time scoring leader from the line of scrimmage … Among his highlights was a single-game school-record five-touchdown performance … Also posted a 339-yard rushing effort, which ranks as the second-best single-game performance in Bay Rivers District history … Second-team all-region selection and first-team All-Colonial Rivers Conference 25 choice as an all-purpose player in 2013 … Second-team All-Colonial Rivers Conference 25 selection as a running back and punt returner as a senior … 2013 All-Bay Rivers District Specialist … First-team All-757 Senior Team honoree as a defensive back and punt returner in 2013 … Posted an outstanding junior season in which he was honored as the Peninsula Male High School Athlete of the Year and the Peninsula Most Outstanding High School Football Player … Also chosen as the 2012 Daily Press Male High School Athlete of the Year and the Daily Press Offensive Player of the Year … Garnered the 2012 Virginia Gazette Player of the Year distinction and was named the 2012 Bay Rivers District Offensive Player of the Year … Earned honorable mention all-state honors by the Virginia High School Coaches Association and was a second-team all-state selection by VirginiaPreps.com following his junior season … All-757 Junior Team first-team wide receiver and second-team offense honoree in 2012 … First-team all-region and all-district choice as a utility back as a junior … Also garnered second-team all-district distinction as a defensive back … Honored as the Bay Rivers District Player of the Week five of the 10 weeks in 2012 … Nominated for the 757 Freedom Ford Player of the Week three of the 10 weeks … Honorable mention All-757 Team selection as a sophomore … Second-team all-district choice as both a wide receiver and a defensive back in 2011 … Named to the 2011 All-Freshman/Sophomore Team … First-team Group AA All-State Underclassmen Team honoree as an athlete in 2011 … Selected as the Bay Rivers District Player of the Week twice as a sophomore … Four-year letterwinner in basketball and track and field … Averaged 30 points per game as a senior … Set a single-game school record with 48 points, the second-best effort in district history … Placed fifth in the 200m (22.49) and sixth in the 100m (11.38) at the 2013 Group AA State Outdoor Track and Field Championship … Placed ninth in the long jump at the state meet as a sophomore … Member of the Academic Honor Roll and Guys Read Book Club … Assisted in establishing “Rights to Passage” program at WHS … Served as a school mentor and tutor … Volunteered at Toano Middle School summer football camps and participated in Full Court Press Charity Event … Volunteered with food drives … Personal: Son of Dennis and Gina Dedmon … Cousin BW Webb was an All-American at W&M and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 … Enjoys drawing, helping/mentoring others and spending time with family.
Prep: Standout cornerback, wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner for head coach Joe Patterson at Saint Johns College High School … All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference selection … Averaged nine tackles per game … Won team’s Unsung Hero Award as a senior … Lettered on the track team as a sprinter … Served as a Peer Minister … Earned Honors with Distinction … Personal: Son of Dennis and Sheila Dykes … Enjoys playing basketball and watching movies.
Prep: Four-year letterwinner as a defensive lineman, offensive lineman and tight end for head coach Ben Herron at Upperman High School … Earned all-state, all-conference, all-district and All-Upper Cumberland honors as a senior … Finished his career with 250 tackles, 45 tackles for a loss and 24 sacks … Set the single-season school record with 11 knockdowns at the line of scrimmage … Garnered second-team all-area honors as an offensive lineman as a sophomore … Lettered on the basketball team as a center … Member of the Beta Club and UHS Yearbook staff … Personal: Son of Tim and Laurie Ely … Uncle, Keith Kerr, played football at Florida State in the mid-80s … Great, Great Uncle Jesse Haines played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Prep: Four-year letterwinner as a strong safety, running back and linebacker for head coach Billy Mills II at Dinwiddie High School … Honored as a 2013 MaxPreps All-American for medium schools … Earned first-team all-state honors by VAPreps and the VHSCA as a senior … Ranked as the 50th best player in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times … Honored as the 2013 VAPreps South Region Defensive Player of the Year … All-South Region selection by VAPreps and the VHSCA in 2013 … Chosen as the Central District Player of the Year, the Conference 20 Defensive Player of the Year and the All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … Totaled 121 tackles (76 solo), 15 tackles for a loss, a sack, three caused fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, two defensive scores, eight pass breakups and two blocked kicks as a senior … Rushed for 368 yards on 45 carries with 11 touchdowns in 2013 … Also had a receiving touchdown … Member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council Association and Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Personal: Son of Wanda J. Townsend … Enjoys reading, lifting weights, running and playing basketball … Cousin, Jyles Tucker, played football at Wake Forest.
Prep: Four-year letterwinner as a running back and defensive back for head coach Andy Linn at Lafayette High School … Finished his career ranked ninth all-time in Virginia High School League (VHSL) history with 6,488 rushing yards … Owns the LHS single-season and single-game records for rushing touchdowns … First-team all-state selection as a running back and defensive back as a senior after totaling 2,055 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns … Also garnered first-team all-region and first-team all-conference honors at both positions in 2013 … Ranked as the 89th best player in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times … Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Participated in Guys Read … Personal: Son of Loretha Green and Rhonda Lassiter … Uncle, Seneca Lassiter, ran cross country at the University of Arkansas … Uncle, Ronald Lassiter, played football at Wake Forest … Enjoys cars, cameras and music.
Prep: Four-year letterwinner as a left tackle and right tackle for head coaches Chris Hughes and Danny O’Dea … Graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta, Ga., and played one season as a postgraduate at Lawrenceville School … Earned honorable mention all-state honors as a senior … Two-time all-region selection (2012, 2013) … Garnered first-team All-MAPL distinction in 2013 … Two-year letterwinner on the basketball team as a center … Personal: Son of Will and Karen Jones … Father played football at the University of Georgia … Enjoys golf, hunting and fishing.
Prep: Three-year starter as a dual-threat quarterback for head coach Ray Lee at Greenbrier East High School … Earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior and a senior … Threw for 2,096 yards with 24 touchdowns while rushing for 460 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior … Became the first quarterback in school history to throw for more than 2,000 yards in a season … Owns the single-game school record for passing yards (376) … Served as a team captain during his junior and senior seasons … Two-time team MVP (2012, 2013) … A BRH finalist … Also lettered in basketball and track … Member of the National Honor Society and a four-year Principal’s List winner … Personal: Son of Michael Lee and Rhonda Kinder … Has a younger brother, Jasiel.
Prep: Three-year starter as a tight end and linebacker for head coach Elijah Brooks at DeMatha Catholic High School … Earned second-team all-conference honors as a tight end following his senior season … Garnered third-team all-conference distinction as a linebacker in 2012 after earning second-team all-conference accolades at the position as a sophomore … Led the team with 10 sacks as a senior en route to helping team to a conference title … Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Holds three school weightlifting records at the 206-215 weight class: hang clean (310), powerclean (280) and push press (280) … Member of the Principal’s List all four years … Personal: Son of Charles and Anita Kleinrichert … Brother played football at Brown … Enjoys basketball, snowboarding, wakeboarding and boating.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a left tackle and left guard for head coach Beau Williams at Jacksonville High School … Earned all-state honors as a senior … 2013 Shrine Bowl starter … Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Earned all-county distinction in 2013 … Preseason all-state selection prior to his senior year … Garnered second-team all-conference honors as a junior … Four-year letterwinner as a discus and shot-put thrower on the track and field team … Placed fourth in the discus at the state meet as a junior … Member of the National Honor Society and Cardinal Ambassadors … Served as president and senator for the Student Council … Personal: Son of Kevin and Deborah McConnell … Father earned a master’s degree from W&M … Keyboardist for Youth Band at his church … Enjoys hunting, playing the piano and running.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a cornerback, wide receiver, running back and punt returner for head coach Mike Lalli at Chantilly High School … Earned first-team all-state honors as a wide receiver and punt returner as a senior … Senior year statistics included 47 receptions for 868 yards (18.5 ypc), 72 rushes for 475 yards (6.6 yrp), two interceptions, two punt returns for touchdowns and 13 total touchdowns … Ranked the 77th best player in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times in 2013 … Senior year honors also included first-team all-region distinction as a defensive back and punt returner and second-team honors as a wide receiver … Named first-team all-district as a wide receiver, defensive back and punter returner in 2013 … Second-team All-Met honoree as a defensive back … Named Chantilly’s 2013 team MVP … Garnered second-team all-state and first-team all-region honors as a junior at defensive back after not allowing a catch all season … Also chosen as a first-team all-district selection at defensive back and punt returner, and a second-team honoree at wide receiver in 2012 … Totaled 11 touchdowns as a junior, including one interception for a touchdown … Selected as CHS’s defensive MVP … Earned the “Most Athletic” award for the Class of 2014 at CHS … Also garnered the Humanitarian Award and the “On-A-Roll” award … Personal: Son of Gerald Smith and Sarah Beale … Enjoys playing basketball and video games.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a defensive tackle and offensive lineman for head coach Clay Lloyd at Smyrna High School … Served as a team captain as a senior … Earned second-team all-conference honors as a junior and a senior … Garnered team’s defensive MVP in 2012 and 2013 … Posted 55 tackles (29 solo) with 10 tackles for a loss, a sack and two forced fumbles as a senior … Totaled 65 tackles (33 solo) with 8.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles as a junior … Lettered in wrestling and track and field … Placed sixth at the state meet in discus … Four-year member of the honor roll … Participated on the school news team … Personal: Son of Lary Stephens and Portia Busaitis.
Prep: Four-year starter as a middle linebacker for head coach Jerry Franks at St. Mary’s Ryken High School … Earned all-state honors as a senior after totaling 104 solo tackles and 15 tackles for a loss … Invited to play in the 2013 Maryland Crab Bowl … Earned All-Met honors as a senior … Chosen as the team’s MVP in 2013 … Four-time all-county selection … Helped team earn state runner-up honors in 2012 … SMAC selection in 2011 … Lettered on the baseball team as a catcher … Personal: Son of David and Teri Taylor … Enjoys wake boarding, fishing and crabbing in the summer … Enjoys snow boarding and hunting in the winter.