Spring Roster Additions Announced
Dec. 23, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion football head coach Bobby Wilder has announced four additions to the Monarch roster for the spring. Joining the winningest FCS start-up program in history this spring will be a pair of transfers from the recently disbanded Hofstra program - defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron and defensive end Deron Mayo, junior college transfer Dominique Blackman, and recent high school graduate Angus Harper.
Ronnie Cameron (Westbury, N.Y./Holy Trinity/Hofstra), a 6-2, 278 lbs. defensive tackle joins the Monarchs after playing two seasons for the Hofstra Pride. After redshirting the 2007 season, Cameron first suited up collegiately in 2008 playing in 12 games and recording 13 tackles (4 solo, 9 unassisted), including 1 ½ tackles for loss. As a sophomore in 2009, Cameron appeared in 10 games making 26 tackles on the year (13 solo, 13 unassisted), including 3 ½ tackles for loss to push back opponents a total of 12 yards. Cameron has been recognized for his efforts in the classroom earning CAA Academic All-Conference and was a Hofstra Athletics Academic Honor Roll selection.
Deron Mayo (Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan/Hofstra), a 5-11, 214 lbs. defensive end also joins the Monarchs from Hofstra University, where he played the last three seasons. During his career, Mayo has totaled 53 solo tackles and 36 assisted tackles for a total of 99 stops for the Pride. Redshirting his first season at Hofstra in 2006, he played in nine games with the special teams unit and a reserve linebacker notching 18 tackles (11 solo, 7 assisted). In 2007, he appeared in all 12 games, making five starts, playing at outside linebacker, defensive end, and on the special teams unit. As a redshirt sophomore, Mayo posted 33 stops (20 solo, 13 assisted), which included a career-best five tackles against Albany. Last season, Mayo totaled 48 tackles (22 solo, 26 assisted), which included 11.5 tackles for a loss of 46 yards and 2 ½ sacks for 23 yards. A product of nearby Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Mayo was named First Team All-Peninsula District and Second Team All-Area as a senior after recording 74 tackles, 5 ½ sacks, four forced fumbles, and one interception at linebacker.
Dominique Blackman (Los Angeles, Calif./Carson/Los Angeles Harbor College) joins the Monarchs as a 6-6, 255 lbs. signal caller out of Los Angeles Harbor College. Blackman completed 63 percent of his passes in 2009 completing 264 of his 417 attempts for 3711 yards and 35 touchdowns. He averaged 337.4 yards passing per contest and ran the ball into the end zone six times averaging 13.8 yards per game on carries. Scholastically at Carson High School, he led his team to an 11-3 record and a 5-0 Marine League mark during his senior campaign, reaching the CIF Los Angeles City Section championship game. Earning Second Team All-City honors as a senior, Blackman appeared as a top recruit on several lists. He was named to PrepStar's "Dream Team" as the nation's No. 112 overall prospect, ranked the No. 80 recruit in the Far West region by Superprep, rated the No. 70 recruit in California by Scout.com, which also ranked him the No. 58 quarterback in the country, and rated the No. 95 recruit out of California and No. 27 prostyle quarterback by Rivals.com. Blackman's junior season saw him complete 123 of his 215 attempts for 1,673 yards and 14 touchdowns. Helping the Colts advance to the City Section semifinals, he was named Second Team All-City.
Angus Harper (Alexandria, Va./Edison), a 6-0, 200 lbs. running back ran for nearly 1400 yards on 210 carries along with 19 touchdowns during his senior season at Edison High School in Northern Virginia. A First Team All-District and Second Team All-Northern Region selection, Harper managed multiple touchdowns in five of the Eagles's games this season, including four in Edison's victory over Yorktown. During his junior campaign in 2008, Harper raced downfield for 897 yards on 86 carries with eight touchdowns.
The Old Dominion football team, in its inaugural season of FCS football, concluded the 2009 slate at 9-2 overall as the winningest FCS start-up program in history. The Monarchs ended the year on a six-game win streak and will take on national semifinalist William & Mary and perennial top 25 member Cal-Poly in 2010, before entering the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), the toughest FCS conference in the nation, in 2011.