National Signing Day 2019: How did things shake out in the DMV? 


National Signing Day 2019: How did things shake out in the DMV? 

February's official National Signing Day is finally here as prospective college football players sign their National Letters of Intent to their preferred school.

Playing off my January 10 DMV-related things to consider ahead of February's official signing day -- and in no particular rhyme, rhythm, sequence or order -- how did things shake out in the DMV?

1. Maryland and Mike Locksley lock up 11 of their 17 incoming recruits on Wednesday, headlined by four-star QB Lance LeGendre. 

LeGendre, a four-star quarterback from New Orleans, chose to call College Park home over Florida State and is considered one of the top dual-threat guys in his class.

Seven of the 17 class members hail from D.C., Maryland or Virginia.

2. Virginia Tech adds three key pieces to head coach Justin Fuente's 2019 class Wednesday, including offensive guard Doug Nester.

When former starter Josh Jackson and backup Hendon Hooker announced their plans to transfer in January, the Hokies turned their attention to Knox Kadum. The 6-foot-3, 188-pound QB verbally committed to James Madison Jan. 27, but after offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen flew to Georgia to see Kadum throw, things took a dynamic turn. The official scholarship was offered shortly after. Life changed.

Nester, who had long been committed to Ohio State, changed his mind late in the game after an official visit Sunday. The Kenova, West Virginia native is a four-star 6-foot-6, 300-pounder ready to work the trenches for offensive line coach Vance Vice.

3. The Virginia Cavaliers did most of their damage during the Early Signing Day, but received several solid commitments Wednesday nonetheless.

Bronco Mendenhall received a commitment from three-star quarterback Luke Wentz. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete hails from Germany and plays for the Paderborn Dolphins. Say hello to the first-ever European quarterback to sign with a Power 5 school.

Another Wednesday signee brings plenty of experience to Charlottesville. Alex Gellerstedt joins the Cavs as a grad transfer with two years of eligibility after appearing in eight career games over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

4. Richmond signed an offensive lineman who led his high school to four-straight conference championships in Viera, Florida.

Gavin Lamp was a key part of an impressive run at Viera High School during his four years on the team. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman should have a chance to come in and compete right away for the Spiders.

Noah Holmes (LB, Warhill), Marlem Lewis (DE, Venice, Florida), Scott Schenke (LG/DE, Venice, Florida), and Xavier Marshall (DB, Charlotte, North Carolina) round out the rest of Richmond's Wednesday signees.

5. First-year West Virginia head coach Neal Brown lands first signee of tenure.

Defensive lineman Jordan Jefferson (Navarre, Florida) flew under the radar in recruiting but may have landed with the Mountaineers due to members of Brown's staff having come from the Troy University football program.

6. James Madison 2019 class features three signees who played together at Good Counsel in Olney, Maryland.

Jalen Green (OLB), Julio Ayamel (ILB) and most recently Latrele Palmer (RB) will bring teammate chemistry to Harrisonburg and join a team that went 9-4 before losing to Colgate in the second round of the 2018 FCS playoffs

7. Old Dominion adds four players to the 28 total entering Norfolk following a season that saw the Monarchs finish with eight losses for the first time in program history.

Among Wednesday's signees was Lake Taylor wide receiver Javon Harvey. The Norfolk, Virginia native caught 36 passes for 866 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver. On the other side of the ball, he logged 50 tackles with eight pass break-ups and three interceptions as a defensive back for the Titans, who reached the Class 4 state championship game.

8. First-year William & Mary head coach Mike London solidifies 10 players for his 2019 class on Wednesday, including a lineman from St. John's College High School.

6-foot-4, 331-pound Rian Haigler joins the Tribe after a solid high school career which has him ready and well-equipped to play guard, tackle or center at the next level.

9. First-year head coach Hugh Freeze and Liberty land two of the state’s top cornerbacks Wednesday.

Ocean Lakes High’s Tayvion Land and Manchester High’s Kei’Trel Clark join the Flames as third and fourth signees from Virginia in this class. Land, a four-star prospect by Rivals' standards, is the first four-star recruit to sign with Liberty.

10. This has long been solidified, but DeMatha Catholic's DeMarco Hellams is Alabama bound to play for the legendary Nick Saban. 

The 2018 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year hauled in 78 receptions for well over 1,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. But don't forget: he's committed to play defensive back at Alabama. The two-way player had 12 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns, and 91 tackles. 


Jairus Hamilton's career-high 23 points lifts BC over Virginia Tech

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Jairus Hamilton's career-high 23 points lifts BC over Virginia Tech

BOSTON -- Jairus Hamilton scored a career-high 23 points, Jay Heath added 15 points and Boston College snapped a four-game losing with a 61-56 victory over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon.

Jared Hamilton had his only two baskets of the game in the final 3 minutes for the Eagles (10-10, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Landers Nolley II led the Hokies (14-6, 5-4) with 15 points and Nahiem Alleyne added 10. Virginia Tech had won four of its last five games and its previous five against BC.

Virginia Tech had opened a six-point lead with 8 minutes to play, but the Eagles sliced it to 49-48 on Jairus Hamilton's 3 from the right wing with 5:05 left. Steffon Mitchell went to the line with a chance to put BC ahead on the next possession, but he missed both free throws.

But Jairus Hamilton did end BC's miserable day temporarily at the free-throw line at the end of the next possession, hitting both to give the Eagles a 50-49 edge. They had missed 10 of their initial 15 from the line.

Jared Hamilton the hit consecutive jumpers, making it 54-51, the second a one-handed runner from the right baseline.

Jairus Hamilton added a 3 from the top, pushing BC in front 57-53 with just over two minutes left.

BC had trailed by five at halftime, but tied it at 35 on Derryck Thornton's 3-pointer. The teams were also tied at 37 before Virginia Tech went on a 7-1 spree.

The Hokies had opened a 10-point lead in the first half en route to a 31-26 edge at intermission despite eight turnovers for a team that averages just over nine a game.


Virginia Tech: The Hokies are one of the league's biggest surprises. Picked to finish near the bottom in the preseason poll, they're playing very well despite young players getting a lot of minutes. They have four players that are freshman and two red-shirt freshmen.

Boston College: The Eagles desperately needed a victory to end their slide before tough matchups against national powers Louisville and Duke sandwiched around a game against struggling North Carolina.


BC retired the jersey of former two-time All-American guard Troy Bell at halftime,

He's still the school's all-time leading scorer (2,632 points). He played for the Eagles from 1999-2003 and won the Big East rookie of the year award.

"I never envisioned this moment," he said at a morning press conference, standing on the court. "I had great teammates and coaches. We were having a great time, doing something we would have done for free. To be here and being honored is amazing."


The Eagles hit just 11 of their 27 free throws.


Virginia Tech: At Miami on Tuesday.

Boston College: Hosts No. 6 Louisville Wednesday.


VCU beats La Salle behind Santos-Silva's 16 points

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VCU beats La Salle behind Santos-Silva's 16 points

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Marcus Santos-Silva registered 16 points and nine rebounds as VCU topped La Salle 76-65 on Saturday.

Nah'Shon Hyland had 15 points for VCU (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic 10 Conference). Mike'L Simms added 13 points. Issac Vann had 10 points.

David Beatty had 16 points for the Explorers (10-9, 1-6), who have now lost five consecutive games. Scott Spencer added 16 points. Ed Croswell had 11 points.

VCU matches up against Richmond at home on Tuesday. La Salle plays Saint Louis at home on Wednesday.

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