Tailback recruit Lamont Atkins made news off the field on September 9, when he signed a grant-in-aid with the University of Virginia. The grant-in-aid does not bind Atkins to UVA; however, he plans to enroll on Grounds in January of 2017.
The Lake Braddock (Burke, VA) senior celebrated his signing with 149 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 52-7 win over Annandale. Atkins has totaled 420 yards rushing and receiving and seven touchdowns in two games, both wins for the Bruins.
Atkins is the second senior to sign a grant-in-aid with Virginia, joining Carver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) defensive back Germane Crowell Jr. Unfortunately for Crowell, he and his Yellowjacket teammates lost to North Forsyth by 21 points last Friday night. Carver has lost all four of its games to start the 2016 season.
How The Rest Of UVA’s Recruits Fared Last Week
– Lindell Stone, QB, Woodberry Forest (VA)
Woodberry Forest won its season opener in a shootout. The Tigers fell short this past week, though, losing to Pinecrest of North Carolina by a score of 47-43. Stone was outstanding in defeat, completing 28-of-40 passes for 480 yards with four touchdowns and only one interception. He added two rushing touchdowns.
Courtesy of Hudl, highlights of Stone’s first two games are below …
– PK Kier, RB, Millbrook (Winchester, VA)
Kier rushed for only 27 yards on 13 carries but Millbrook still scored a 14-7 win over Clarke County last week. The Pioneers are 3-0.
Courtesy of Hudl, highlights of Kier’s performance (running, defensive, blocking) versus Clarke County are below …
– Darnell Pratt Jr., WR, Good Counsel (Olney, MD)
Good Counsel improved to 2-0 after last week’s 20-14 win over Spalding.
– Tyler Fannin, OL, Mill Creek (Hoschton, GA)
Mill Creek rolled over Archer, 31-0, and is now 4-0 in 2016. The Hawks have scored at least 30 points in all four wins and surrendered only seven points the last three games combined.
– Chris Glaser Jr., OL, Solon (OH)
After handily winning its first two games of the season, Solon lost to Stow-Munroe Falls, 13-10.
– Bryson Speas, OL, Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.)
Dudley remains perfect on the season, though last week’s contest was much more competitive than the previous three. The Panthers defeated Hillside, 32-26, last Friday night. The average margin of victory in the first three wins was over 40 points.
– John Kirven, DE, Woodberry Forest (VA)
Kirven, who plays defensive end and tight end for the Tigers, had one catch for 11 yards in the loss to Pinecrest.
– Ryan Thaxton, DE, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, VA)
IDLE. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (1-0) hosts Severn on September 16.
– Tommy Christ, DL, Dominion (Sterling, VA)
Dominion defeated Rock Ridge, 29-6, to move to 2-1 on the season. The Titans defense has surrendered 36 points all season long. Check out highlights (courtesy of Hudl) of Tommy Christ‘s performance versus Rock Ridge below …
– Mandy Alonso, NT, Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL)
Gulliver Prep fell to Belen Jesuit, 13-10, to drop to 1-2 on the season. Per MaxPreps, Alonso has racked up 16 tackles (10 solo, six assisted) including seven tackles for loss through three games.
– Matt Gahm, LB, Highland Park (Dallas, TX)
Highland Park rebounded from a loss with a 31-0 win over Mansfield Timberview. The Scots are now 2-1 this season. Per MaxPreps, Gahm has totaled 25 tackles (17 solo, eight assisted) with four tackles for loss, one sack, and one interception so far in 2016.
– Joey Blount, S, Landmark Christian Academy (Fairburn, GA)
The War Eagles improved to 3-0 after defeating Brookstone, 44-6. Blount and the rest of the LCA defense have allowed just nine points in total the past two games.
– Darrius Bratton, DB, Fork Union Military Academy (VA)
Fork Union’s postgrad squad is now 2-1 after defeating Alderson Broaddus University, 44-6.
– Zachariah Burton, DB, William Penn (New Castle, DE)
William Penn opened its 2016 season with a 27-24 win over St. Georges Tech. Burton’s fourth quarter 10-yard touchdown run was the difference. Check out the winning score in the highlights below (courtesy of MaxPreps) …
– Terrell Jana, DB/WR, Woodberry Forest (VA)
Jana had three receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns in Woodberry’s 47-43 loss to Pinecrest.
– Brian Delaney, PK/P, Westfield (Chantilly, VA)
A rough night of placekicking for Delaney ended on a good note with a 36-yard field goal that put Westfield up over South County, 17-7, with 1:38 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs (2-0) held on for a 17-13 win.
Delaney had missed three field goal attempts prior to his make late in the game.
– Noah Taylor, OLB, Avalon (Gaithersburg, MD), CLASS OF 2018 COMMIT
The Black Knights (0-3) could not keep up with Gonzaga, falling to the Purple Eagles by a score of 40-16.