ODU Inks 21 Student-Athletes To National Letters Of Intent

February 06, 2008
By ODU Athletics

Norfolk, Va. - Old Dominion University head football coach Bobby Wilder announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 6) the signing of 21 student-athletes to binding National Letters of Intent, marking the Monarchs' initial recruiting class as they prepare to begin play in 2009. ODU's class, along with other walk-ons who will be added at a later date, will redshirt during the 2008 campaign. The Monarchs will participate in preseason camp and practices in the fall of '08, however they will not face any outside competition.

The Monarch's recruiting class consists of players from four different states and the District of Columbia, with 10 of them coming from the local Hampton Roads area. Broken down by position, the class includes two (2) quarterbacks, one (1) running back, four (4) wide receivers, four (3) offensive linemen, three (3) defensive linemen, two (2) linebackers, five (5) defensive backs and one (1) placekicker/punter.

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N.L.I. Signees (21)



                Chris Burnette                    DL          6-4          260         Randallstown, Md.               Gilman School                     Biff Poggi

                Three-year starter... an all-state selection in 2007... named first team All-Met by the Baltimore Sun as a senior after making        the second team as a junior... 78 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble                                recovery for a touchdown.


                Michael Colbert                   LB          6-1          205         Fayetteville, N.C. E.E. Smith                          Haney Catchings

                First team all-conference... led all Cumberland County Schools with 144 tackles (66 solo) as a senior, averaging 14.4    tackles per game... added two sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception.


                Vondre Combs                     LB          6-0          215         Newport News, Va.              Warwick                               Stan Sexton

                Four-year varsity letterman... totaled 105 tackles and nine tackles for loss as a senior in 2006 after registering 90 tackles and      one interception in his junior campaign... Peninsula District honorable mention.


                Bobby Cooper                       QB          6-3          200         Davidsonville, Md.               South River                          Steve Erxleben

                Passed for more than 3,100 yards and 28 touchdowns during his career... also added eight rushing touchdowns... named to     the Baltimore Touchdown Club's Super 22.


                T.J. Cowart, Jr.                    DB          5-9          180         Virginia Beach, Va.            Ocean Lakes                        Jim Prince

                Second team All-Beach District at running back and cornerback as a senior... named second team All-Tidewater by the                 Virginian Pilot... picked off three passes against Bayside quarterback and Florida State signee E.J. Manuel... 4.4 40-yard         dash and 39 inch vertical jump.


                Carlos Davis, Jr.                 WR         5-10        170         Ft. Washington, Md.           Friendly                 George Early

                Helped lead Friendly to the 2006 Maryland 3A state championship with a 13-0 record... hauled in 30 receptions for 600                 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior... 4.4 40-yard dash... also ran track & field.


                Reid Evans                            WR         5-10        175         Hampton, Va.                        Phoebus                 Bill Dee

                Hauled in 67 passes for 1,135 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior, becoming the first Phantom in school history to have     1,000 yards receiving... named second team all-state as a wide receiver and first team all-state as a defensive back by the     Virginia High School Coaches Association... VirginiaPreps all-state as a defensive back... all-district and all-region...       helped guide Phoebus to the 2006 Division 5 state championship and back-to-back regional titles... finished his career with    107 receptions for 2,027 yards (18.9 yds/c) and 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions defensively.


                Drew Hareza                        K/P         6-0          205         McDonald, Pa.                      South Fayette                       Joe Rossi

                Made 23 of-23 extra points and 8-of-13 field goals in 2007, with a long field goal of 45 yards... 30 of his 39 kickoffs were                 touchbacks... selected to play in the 2008      PSFCA East-West All-Star Game... three-time all-state honorable mention and      all-conference selection as a kicker... was            also a two-time all-conference punter.


                DeAnthony Jones                DB          6-0          185         Hyattsville, Md.                    C.H. Flowers                         Michael Mayo

                Also played quarterback at C.H. Flowers... all-state honorable mention... named first team all-county as a senior after                 making the second team in his junior year... selected to play in the Ralph Paden Prince George's County All-Star Game...           ran the fastest 55-meter hurdle time at the 2007 Maryland State Championships with a 7.67 during his preliminary heat.


                Nick Mayers, Jr.                 WR         5-7          160         Virginia Beach, Va.            Landstown                             Steve Canter

                First team all-district and second team all-region... totaled 484 yards receiving, 748 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns as a                 senior... moved to quarterback in the fifth game of the season due to an injury to the starter... multi-talented player who can     play wide receiver or running back.

                Bryan Morrison                  OL          6-2          260         Ashburn, Va.                        Broad Run                            Mike Burnett

                Helped lead Broad Run to a district championship in 2007... named to the 2007 AA All-State Team by VirginiaPreps.com...        rated as a top 100 player in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times... first team all-region and all-district as a senior...     second team all-district as a junior... three-year starter.


                Ricky Nichols                      DB          5-11        175         Norfolk, Va.                          Maury                                    Dealton Cotton

                First player to verbally commit to Old Dominion... registered 65 tackles, seven interceptions and eight pass breakups as a                 senior... 40 tackles, an interception and four pass breakups in his junior campaign... an all-district performer.


                Tommy Reamon, Jr.            QB          6-2          195         Newport News, Va.              Gloucester                   Tommy Reamon, Sr.   

                A national recruit as a quarterback... rated as the 15th dual threat quarterback in the country by Tom Lemming... a three-star                 recruit by Rivals.com... threw for 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for over 500 yards and seven              touchdowns as a senior... All-Peninsula District honorable mention.


                Erik Saylor                           DL          6-2          265         Ijamsville, Md.                      Urbana                                   Joe Polce

                Registered 71 tackles, seven sacks and four pass breakups as a senior... first team all-conference on offense and defense...      first team all-area on defense (Frederick Post)... first team All-Gazette on defense (Frederick County Gazette)... first team                All-Met (Washington Post) on offense... second team all-state on offense... Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 as an           offensive lineman... helped the Hawks reach the Maryland 3A semifinals in 2006.


                Devon Simmons                   DB          6-2          180         Newport News, Va.              Denbigh                 Tracy Harrod

                Second team All-Peninsula District... recorded 105 tackles (36 solo), nine pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and two                 fumble recoveries as a senior after totaling 49 tackles, four interceptions and eight pass breakups during his junior      campaign... posted the fastest 40-yard dash at the Peninsula Combine in May 2007 with a 4.44.


                Andrew Turner                    DL          6-3          230         Virginia Beach, Va.            Kellam                                   Chris DeWitt

                First team all-district as a tight end, second team as a defensive lineman... second team all-region at tight end... named to the   All-Gridiron Team as a tight end... had 10 receptions for 115 yards and graded out at 90% on offense, while totaling 60      tackles in defense.


                Charles Walls                     OL          6-2          280         Virginia Beach, Va.            Tallwood                                Thad Harold

                Second team All-Beach District in 2006 and 2007 as an offensive lineman... was also a second team all-district selection on                 defense in 2007... recorded 23 pancake blocks in seven games as a senior and 32 during his junior year.


                Joacim Wigfall                    RB          5-10        210         Newport News, Va.              Woodside                              Danny Dodson

                Set a school record with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons... ran for 1,467 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior earning all-                district honors and also being named a Daily Press All-Star... all-district as a kick returner as a senior... registered 1,016                 yards and nine touchdowns in his junior campaign when he was first team all-district as a running back and kick returner...                 second team all-district as a sophomore after running for more than 1,000 yards and 13 scores.


                Craig Wilkins                     DB          6-0          200         Washington, D.C.                H.D. Woodson                      Greg Fuller

                Totaled 103 tackles, eight interceptions, 21 breakups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts as a                 senior, earning all-conference honors... a member of the Warriors' two DCIAA indoor track & field championship teams.


                Desmond Williams             WR         5-11        190         Windsor, N.C.                      Bertie                                 Antonio Hoggard   

                Played quarterback at Bertie HS... as a senior threw for 2,100 yards and ran for 1,500 yards, totaling 38 touchdowns,    including a punt return... Northeastern Coastal League Player of the Year... Offensive Player of the Year two consecutive               seasons.


                Joseph Wills                        OL          6-3          265         Waldorf, Md.                        Westlake                              Dom Zaccarelli

                All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference... on defense totaled 49 tackles, nine sacks, 10 tackles for loss, a safety and a                 forced fumble.

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