VMI football announces 2015 signing class

vmi footballVirginia Military Institute head coach Scott Wachenheim today announced the signings of the 2015 football recruiting class.

“The VMI Football coaching staff and I are excited to announce 13 student-athletes who signed their National Letters of Intent with us today,” said Wachenheim. “As we hit the recruiting trail, our staff identified and found young men who desired an undergraduate education of the highest quality, an opportunity to play Division I football, while being strengthened by the unique VMI system of military training. Additionally, we recruited the state of Virginia first, signing 11 players from our home state. Moreover, we improved our team speed and athletic ability by signing several multi-sport athletes and multi-positional players. Finally, we identified and filled positional team needs in our recruiting class. It is a privilege to be a part of these young men’s lives and lead them into a promising future.”

The following signees are members of the 2015 VMI Football recruiting class. The info below includes name, position, height, weight, high school, and hometown. Further capsule information on each signee follows. Recommended browser viewing for video is Google Chrome or Firefox.
 
2015 VMI FOOTBALL SIGNEES (As of 2/4/15)
Destin Brown RB 5-11 185 Altavista, Va./Altavista H.S.
Cole Brummitt OL 6-4 250 Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen H.S.
Austin Coulling QB 6-4 195 Salem, Va./Salem H.S.
Tyler Fedison ILB 6-0 210 Salem, Va./Salem H.S.
Chris Gavin
 LB 6-1 205 Westminster, Md./South Carroll H.S.

Uzoma Kpaduwa DB 5-10 185 Round Hill, Va./Woodgrove H.S.
Dontae Mauck WR 5-11 175 Winchester, Va./Handley H.S.
Daequan Myers RB 5-9 175 Altavista, Va./Brookville H.S.
Isaiah Parker WR 5-11 175 Salem, Va./Salem H.S.
Casey Phillips OL 6-4 245 Newburg, Md./McDonough H.S.
Jarrod Richmond DE 6-3 230 Bluefield, Va./Graham H.S.
Arnold Roots OLB 6-1 220 Henrico, Va./Varina H.S.
Tyriuq Trotman CB 5-9 155 Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown H.S.

Destin Brown RB 5-11 185 Altavista, Va./Altavista H.S.
Major:  Engineering
Son of Dr. La Mancha Berger and Mr. DeCarlos Berger
Coached by Mike Scharnus
Hosted by Alex Keys
Academic Host:  Capt. Ned Riester

• Football
• Two Time Division IA Football Champion for 2013 & 2014 seasons.  Ran for over 1,700 yards and over 30 TDs.
• ACS Colonels Defensive Back of the Year
• Titan Trophy Hellfire Award
• Titan Trophy Dirty Dozen Team
• 2nd Team All-State Defensive Linebacker
• 2nd Team All-Region Offensive Running Back
• 1st Team All-Region Defense
• 1st Team All-Conference Offense and Defense
• Basketball
• One-time Division 1A Basketball Champion for 2014 season
• Track
• 2014 Long Jump State Champion with a 21 ft 7.25 in. jump
• 2014 1A Conference 44 Title
• 2014 Group 1A Region (Conference 44)
• 2014 Conference 44 Track/Field Athlete of the Year
• 2014 Group 1A Region Title (Conference 44)
• 2014 Conference 44 Region Track/Field Athlete of the Year
• Academic
• Principal’s List and Honor Roll
• National Honor Society
• Spanish Honor Society and the Spanish Club
• Member of the 2014-2015 The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust Young Philanthropists Committee

Cole Brummitt OL 6-4 250 Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen H.S.
Major: Biology
Son of Henry & Diane Brummitt
Coached by Keylon Mayo
Hosted by Ryan Francis
Academic Host: Col. Tom Baur

• Football
• 4 year varsity starter
• Team Captain
• 1st Football Player to sign D-1 Scholarship

Austin Coulling QB 6-4 195 Salem, Va./Salem H.S.
Major:  Economics/Business
Son of Chris & Vicki Coulling
Coached by Stephen Magenbauer
Hosted by Dane Forlines
Academic Host:  Col. Francis Bush

• Football
• All-Timesland
• All-Conference
• Single Season Touchdown Record, Single Season Completion, Career Completions, Career Completion Percentage (67.6%)
• Second All Time Career TD Passes and Yards – 27 TD’s, 122 completions, 2,177 yards – all senior season
• Career Numbers – 237 completions, 38 TD passes, 3,700 yards passing (64%) 237/372
• Lettered in Football (3 yrs.) – Baseball (3 yrs.) All-Timesland, All Conference Infielder, MVP – Basketball (2 yrs.)
• National Honor Society, Virginia Boy’s State
• Participated in the Virginia Commonwealth All-Star Baseball Games

Tyler Fedison ILB 6-0 210 Salem, Va./Salem H.S.
Major: Engineering
Son of John & Carolyn Fedison
Coached by Stephen Magenbauer
Hosted by Darnell Ashton
Academic Host: Capt. Ned Riester

•  Football:
• 1st Team All-State Linebacker junior and senior seasons (2013 & 2014) for VHSL, Rivals, VHSCA
• 1st Team All-North Region (2013 & 2014)
• 1st Team All-Conference (2013 & 2014)
• Conference 24 Defensive Player of the Year 2014
• Career Stats:  Tackles – 367 (2nd all time at Salem), Solo – 215 (3rd all time), Assists – 152 (1st all time), Tackles for Loss – 33 (2nd all time), Sacks – 20.5 (2nd all time), Hurries – 33 (1st all time)
• GPA: 4.3

Chris Gavin LB 6-1 205 Westminster, Md./South Carroll H.S.
Major: International Studies / Political Science
Son of John & Michelle Gavin
Coached by Steve Luette
Hosted by Alijah Robinson
Academic Host: Capt. Blair Turner

• Senior Stats
• Single Season County Rushing Record Holder (16 year record broken) with 2,016 yards in 2014, 250 carries, and 26 touchdowns scored; 2,500 total offensive yards; achieved 60 tackles and 3 sacks as OLB
•  Senior Accolades
• Team Captain and two-way starter as running back and outside linebacker
• Led Team to Maryland State Semi-Finals
• 1st Team All-State Running Back
• Carroll County Times Player of the Year
• 1st Team All-Metro (Offense)
• 1st Team All-Conference (Offense and Defense)
• 1st Team All-County (Offense and Defense)
• Selected to play in Baltimore Touchdown Club All Star Game
• School Records Held
• Single Season Rushing, Career Rushing, and Single Game rushing (325 yards)
• Junior Stats
• Rushed for 1,000 yards, 19 touchdowns, 1,300 total offensive yards, 42 tackles, and 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns
• Junior Accolades
• 1st Team All-Conference (Offense and Defense)
• 1st Team All-County (Offense and Defense)
• All-State Honorable Mention
• Career
• 3,027 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns
• Junior Year Varsity Track and Field: 2nd Team All-County and 2nd Team All-Conference
• National Honor Society Member, Honors and Advanced Placement Student with 3.9 GPA
• Youth Mentor and Coach with over 1,300 hours of community service throughout high school

Uzoma Kpaduwa DB 5-10 185 Round Hill, Va./Woodgrove H.S.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Son of Fidelis & Eunice Kpaduwa
Coached by Mike Skinner
Hosted by Alex James
Academic Host: Capt. Ned Riester

• Football:
• Career Stats:268 Tackles, 10 TFL, 7FF, 5 Sacks, 2 FR, 4 Int (3 yr. on varsity)
• 2012 Earned Varsity Letterman
• 2013 1st Team All-District
• 2013 1st Team All-Region
• 2013 2nd Team All-State
• 2013 Best DB (Team)
• 2013 Earned Varsity Letterman
• 2014 1st Team All-District
• 2014 1st Team All-Region
• 2014 2nd Team All-State
• 2014 Defensive MVP (Team)
• 2014 Best DB (Team)
• 2014 Team Captain
• 2014 Earned Varsity Letterman

Dontae Mauck WR 5-11 175  Winchester, Va./Handley H.S.
Major:  Psychology
Son of Tony Ford & Tabby Starks
Coached by Tony Rayburn
Hosted by Aaron Sanders

• Offense – WR
• 42 receptions; 887 yards, 21.1 yar/rec. 13 TDs
• 10 car.; 152 yards, 15.2 yar/car. 1 TD.
• 1st Team All State
• 1st Team All-Region 4A North
• 1st Team All-Conference 23
• 1st Team All-Northwestern District
• Defense – Corner
• 74 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 sacks, 31 solo tackles, 2 TFL
• 1st Team All- Conference 23
• 1st Team All-Northwestern District
• All-Region 4A North Honorable Mention
• All Area Winchester Star
• Track
• 2014 4A Outdoor State Runner Up in the triple jump, 3rd in the 100m, and 6th in the longjump
• Stats: 55m-6.48, 100m-10.8, 200m-22.0, Long-jump-23.7, Triple-jump-47.7.

Daequan Myers RB 5-9 175 Altavista, Va./Brookville H.S.
Major: International Studies
Son of Tara Clark & Mark Myers
Coached by Jon Meeks
Hosted by Derrick Ziglar
Academic Host: Capt. Blair Turner

• Three year 2 way starter on Varsity Football
• Senior season: 1900 rushing yards, 25 TD’s 2,000+ all purpose, 1 fumble for the season
• 1st Team All-District
• 1st Team All-Conference
• 1st Team All-Area
• Top 10 Finalist for ABC 13 football Friday player of the year
• Junior season: 1000+ rushing yards, 15 TD’s, 1 fumble for the season
• Sophomore season: 2 100+ yard rushing games
•  Junior Track Season (first year)
• Indoor High Jump Conference Champion
• Outdoor 300M Hurdle Conference Champ
• All Conference in Long Jump, 55M, 100M, & 200M
• Played 4 sports at Varsity level:  Football, Baseball, Basketball, Indoor & Outdoor Track

Isaiah Parker WR 5-11 175 Salem, Va./Salem H.S.
Major: Business/Economics
Son of Vincent & Whitney Parker and Lisa Dean
Coached by Stephen Magenbauer
Hosted by Darrian Johnson
Academic Host: Col. Francis Bush

• Junior year:
• 49 catches, 700 yards, 7 TDs, 4 Interc., 50 tackles on defense
• All Timesland
• All Region
• All Conference
• All State Underclassmen
• Senior year:
• 51 catches, 900 yds., 15 TDs, 4 Interc., 70 tackles on defense
• All Timesland
• All Region
• All Conference
• Top 100 Recruits in VA list
• Captain of Team
• State Runner-up
• Career:
• 101 catches, 1650 yds., 22 TDs, 8 Interc, 120 tackles on defense
• School record holder for career catches, touchdowns and single season touchdowns
• 2 time All Region, Conference and Timesland

Casey Phillips OL 6-4 245 Newburg, Md./McDonough H.S.
Major: Civil Engineering
Son of Jeff & Alice Phillips
Coached by Ryan Gick
Hosted by Caleb Furlow
Academic Host: Capt. Ned Riester

• Football
• 4 year varsity starter
• Defensive End and Tight End
• All Conference and All County Junior and Senior year
• All State Senior Year
• Led team in tackles senior year
• 15 TFL senior year
• 2 year captain
• Chick-fil-a PG vs. Smac All-Star Football Game
• Basketball
• 3 year varsity starter freshman – junior year
• 1 year captain
• Academic
• 3.8 GPA
• Class rank is in top 10%
• National Society of High School Scholars

Jarrod Richmond DE 6-3 230 Bluefield, Va./Graham H.S.
Major: Engineering
Son of Ken Richmond, Gary & Elizabeth Morris
Coached by Mike Williams
Hosted by J.C. Garvin
Academic Host: Capt. Ned Riester

• 2 Time All-Conference
• 49 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 TFLs in four games

Arnold Roots OLB 6-1 220 Henrico, Va./Varina H.S.
Son of Arnold & Sandra Roots
Coached by Stu Brown

• Football
• 2 varsity letters, LB/DE/OLB/TE/FB
• 1st Team All Conference, 2nd Team All District – Junior Year
• 1st Team All Conference – Senior Year
• Track & Field
• 3 varsity letters.  Events: 400M, 100M, 200M, 300M hurdles, 110M hurdles, shot put and discus
• Great American Rivalry series Scholar Athlete Award
• 1st Team All Academic

Tyriuq Trotman CB 5-9 155 Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown H.S.
Major: Psychology
Son of Jermaine Trotman & Shakundala Davis
Coached by Tommy Reamon
Hosted by Doug Moore

• Football
• 2 Time All Conference
• Season Stats:  68 tackles, 3 Ints. (1 TD), 1 sack, 2 FF, 1 FR, 9 PBU, 6 TFL, 263 Receiving yards, 7 catches, 1 TD
• Track
• 2 Time All State


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