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Five key recruits visited ODU Monday, as the Monarchs look to improve on the two best classes in school history over the last two years, despite not playing a game since December of 2019.
The NCAA recruiting dead period ended June 1st after 15 months of recruits not being allowed in-person visits with coaches, and the new staff at Old Dominion welcomed it with open arms as a quintuple of recruits visited Ricky Rahne and company to kick off the month.
Oscar Smith star quarterback Ethan Vasko visited ODU, and the Monarchs appear to be in a good position to land the newly-minted state champion. Vasko is a Cam Newton-type player sitting at 6-foot 3, more athleticism than Johnny Manziel, and a cannon for an arm. Vasko has only lost two games in two seasons at Smith, and did not throw an interception all season in the spring.
King’s Fork three-star defensive end Kyree Moyston made the Monarchs the first of what I believe will be multiple visits. Moyston is a big, powerful defensive end, and at 6-foot 5, could be a huge key for the Monarchs if he should choose to come to Old Dominion.
"It (the visit) was great," Moyston said. "We talked about the school, and my position and just finally got to talk in person and just had good conversations."
A key member of the 2022 wide receiver crop, South Country's Brock Spalding was also on campus for the first of his visits. Spalding, who at 5-foot 10 is a slot receiver, has good speed, strong hands, and a passion for the game. Spalding’s squad won the VHSL's Group AAA Class 6 state title in 2019, beating Oscar Smith, before losing in the same game this past season.
In just eight games in 2021, Spalding exploded for 45 receptions and eleven touchdowns, while also snagging two interceptions on defense.
“It was a great visit," Spalding said in describing his time at ODU. "It was a very fun visit and I got to do a workout with the WR coach (Dupuis). I think the workout went very well."
Avalon School 2022 linebacker Caleb Wheatland, a recruit I saw at a recent camp, was also on campus for his first visit. Wheatland stands at 6-foot 2 and has the speed a top program looks for in a linebacker, but does not yet have an offer from the Monarchs.
Wheatland echoed the experience of the others.
“The conversation that I had with the coaches was great. They really showed how interested they were in me and I really just enjoyed the whole visit,” he said.
Kempsville 2022 defensive end Jaylon White was also on campus. White has been a key player in turning around the Kempsville program, as they ended a 60+ game losing streak in 2019 due in large part to the play of White.
As a junior, White was named 1st team All-Beach on defense, and second team on offense as he plays both ways, but his future is at defensive end.
Like the others, White simply said the visit went very well. White, along with the other four, are top targets for ODU in the 2022 cycle.
Very brief but yet inciteful tidbits on these potential recruits.
Job well done....thanks!