February 15, 2008

Richmond brings in strong 08 recruiting class

New football head coach Mike London announced Wednesday the signing of 12 incoming student-athletes who have agreed to attend the University of Richmond and play for the four-time CAA Champion Spiders next season. The class is highlighted by five from the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a trio of defensive stars from the Tidewater area.

"I am pleased to welcome these 12 men to the Richmond Football family," said London. "They each represent our need to bolster and add depth to an already exciting team. I'm also excited about the in-state representation in this class as it's a goal which we will continue to meet and exceed. I look forward to adding my influence on these young men both on the field and in the classroom. Lastly, I'm equally pleased and thankful to those coaching staff members who, despite the transition, remained professional and continued to recruit these young men."

Richmond's 12-player incoming class includes: WR Harry Lee Daniel (Richmond, Va./Highland Springs HS), RB Christian Edwards (Huntington, W.Va./Hargrave Military Academy), TE Kevin Finney (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest HS), S Darryl Hamilton (Centreville, Va./Centreville HS), QB Nick Hicks (Marietta, Ga./Kell HS), DE Chis James (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian Academy), QB John Laub (Coplay, Pa./Parkland HS), LB Derek Mayo (Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan HS), LB Darius McMillan (Hampton, Va./Phoebus HS), LB Lee Rose (Charlotte, N.C./ Charlotte Christian Academy), RB Garrett Wilkins (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo HS) and LB Pierre Wynn (Hampton, Va./Hampton HS).

The Spiders finished the 2007 season 11-3 overall, setting a school-record for wins on their way to the CAA Football title and the team's first-ever appearance in the National Semifinals. Richmond's four conference titles since 1998 is the most of any team in CAA Football and its 26 wins over the last three years is the fifth-most at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.

Biographical sketches on each student-athlete:

Harry Lee Daniel - WR, 6-1, 190, Richmond, Va. / Highland Springs HS
Daniel put up prolific numbers as a wide receiver at nearby Highland Springs High School. Playing for now Richmond assistant coach Scott Burton, the 2007 First Team All-Region and Second Team All-State selection reeled in 111 career passes for 1,745 yards (15.7 yards/catch) and 19 touchdowns. His team was Capital District Champions in 2005 and 2007 and advanced to the regional championships in 2006. Daniel was an All-District performer in each of those seasons. Also an accomplished basketball player, HSHS won the state title in 2006 and Daniel was a First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-Region performer.

Christian Edwards - RB, 6-0, 205, Huntington, W.Va. / Cabell Midland HS (Hargrave Military Academy) - Edwards rushed for 26 touchdowns on 212 carries as a captain during his senior campaign at Cabell Midland High School, which ended in conference Player of the Year honors, an All-State selection and a third-place finish for the Kennedy Award (given to the top player in West Virginia). He lettered in football all four years and garnered All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State accolades as a junior. In track, he set the school record in the 100-meter with a time of 10.86. After his graduation from Cabell Midland, he spent last year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. His brother Selden currently plays basketball at Cleveland State.

Kevin Finney, TE, 6-5, 215 - Lake Bluff, Ill. / Lake Forest HS
A highly-touted prospect out of Lake Forest High School, Finney is a 6-5, 215-pound tight end who caught 65 passes for 854 yards and six touchdowns during his senior campaign. The Pioneer Press awarded him as its 2007 Offensive Player of the Year as well as ranking him 14th on its list of Top 25 All-Sport Prep Athletes. Additionally, Finney was a Chicago Tribune All-State pick and an All-Conference performer as both a junior and senior. The two-year team captain was presented the Community Volunteer of the Year Award by the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Rotary Club.

Darryl Hamilton, S, 5-10, 185 - Centreville, Va. / Centreville HS
Hamilton, a four-year football letterwinner and three-year track star, recorded 330 tackles and 11 interceptions in his prep career at Centreville High School. The speedster blocked four punts, taking two back for touchdowns and holds the school record with a 92-yard interception return for TD. A team captain, Hamilton was an All-District, All-Region and First Team All-State selection as a senior. His brother Marcus played college football at Virginia and is currently on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster, while his father Greg played football in college at Boston University.

Nick Hicks, QB, 6-1, 195 - Marietta, Ga./Kell HS
A quarterback, Hicks will graduate from Kell High School in the spring as the school's all-time leading passer, while owning the school records in nearly every passing category. The 6-1, 195-pounder threw for 1,865 yards as senior with 14 touchdowns and rushed for 365 yards and four TDs. Hicks was 4-1 as a starting QB his junior season on his way to Kell's Offensive MVP honors, while his senior season ended with a First Team All-County selection and a spot in the Cobb County Senior Bowl. On the baseball field, Hicks plays the middle infield and was a First Team All-County selection after batting .350 with 15 stolen bases as a junior. Named to the National Honor Roll every semester in high school, Hicks' uncle was a swimmer at Michigan State and his cousin played football at The Citadel.

Chris James, DE, 6-4, 220, Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Christian Academy - James lettered three years in football and two years in baseball for Charlotte Christian Academy. Named a team captain as a senior, James recorded 15 sacks this season and was an All-Conference and All-State selection. CCA finished 10-3 and was defeated in North Carolina state championship game. The Knights won the 2007 state baseball championship his junior season.


John Laub, QB, 6-2, 190, Coplay, Pa./Parkland HS -
Laub led Parkland to a 15-1 record and PIAA Class 4A runner-up finish this season as a senior. The 6-2, 190-pounder completed 113 of 222 passes for 1,677 yards and 22 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Both the yards and touchdowns were Parkland school records. A Morning Call All-Area selection, Laub was a Big 33 Team alternate and played in the Pennsylvania East/West All-Star Game. Laub also lettered in baseball and track as a prepster, finishing seventh in the conference in the javelin as a junior. The QB was named to the honor roll every semester of high school and was a member of both the National Honor Society and German Honor Society. His father John played football at Delaware, his grandfather Doug played football at Penn and his cousin is former NFL star and current Detroit Lions president and CEO Matt Millen.

Derek Mayo, LB, 5-10, 215 - Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan HS
A cornerback, Mayo totaled 253 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions over his final two years at Kecoughtan High School. He was a team captain and All-District selection both seasons, including a First Team pick as a senior. Mayo's brother Jarod was an inside linebacker at Tennessee and will forego his senior season to enter this year's NFL Draft. His brother Deron is a redshirt sophomore at Hofstra.

Darius McMillan, LB, 6-0, 215 - Hampton, Va./Phoebus HS
Another talented defensive recruit out of the Hampton Roads area, McMillan led his team in tackles as a junior and senior. As a captain this past season, he recorded 148 tackles on his way to Second Team All-State and First Team All-District and All-Region honors. He was a First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State pick as a junior. Phoebus defeated Hampton to reach this year's Group AAA state semifinals.

Lee Rose, FB, 6-0, 225 - Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Christian Academy
A highly-touted prep prospect, Rose was a three-sport star at Charlotte Christian Academy - an All-State football player, a state champion wrestler and an All-Conference performer in the shot put. Rose, who was recruited by Richmond as a fullback, finished with 412 career tackles, and as a senior, scored six touchdowns while helping CCA to a state championship runner-up finish. On the mat, he was a state champion in the 215-pound weight class and a team captain as a senior. The Rose name is synonymous in the Charlotte sports community as his grandfather is an assistant coach for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and his father Mike, who played football at Indiana, is the defensive coordinator at CCA.

Garrett Wilkins, RB, 5-10, 175 - Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo HS
A two-year team MVP and three-year captain, Wilkins was a multipurpose threat for his Wing T-oriented Oviedo High School team. The 5-10, 175-pounder, who was listed on his prep roster as a running back, wideout and safety, amassed more than 1,000 offensive yards with eight TDs, while collecting 30 tackles and two interceptions on defense this past season. As a junior, Wilkins led his team to an 8-3 mark and rushed for 682 yards with six touchdowns. Wilkins was a two-time All-Conference and All-District selection and played in the Central Florida All-Star Game.

Pierre Wynn LB, 6-2, 220, Hampton, Va. / Hampton HS
Wynn is another of the three standout defensive players in the Spiders' class from the Tidewater area. The 6-2, 220-pounder played on Hampton's 2005 state championship team and helped lead the Crabbers to a 9-2 record this season. Rebounding from an injury that forced Wynn to miss much of junior season, he was an All-District honoree as a senior after collecting 80 tackles and four interceptions. Hampton finished this season 9-2 and was defeated by Phoebus in the Group AAA regional semifinals.




 

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