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Jaylon White Becomes ODU's 1st Football Commit For 2022

Old Dominion has its first commitment of the 2022 recruiting cycle, and it’s from a hometown kid with a great story.

Here is @KHS_Chiefs @KempsvilleFB Jaylon White. Two weeks ago, Jaylon’s house burnt down, today he had 3 TFL in the first half, and two fumble recoveries in the second half pic.twitter.com/n6FjUVO30i

    — ⭐Reese Becker ⭐ (@ReeseBecker) October 26, 2019

Jaylon White will be staying home and taking his talents to the corner of Hampton and 49th, as he will play for Ricky Rahne and the Monarchs after graduating next May from Kempsville. White has been a star for Kempsville playing a big role in the Chiefs' 2019 win over Bayside, a win that snapped a 63-game losing streak.

But for White, that was more than a game. A week prior, on his 16th birthday, White and his family lost everything in a house fire. As a result, his family was scattered, with White living with a coach, while the rest of his family lived in Northern Virginia. 

“It (the fire)  was on my birthday and I was staying with my coach (Musgrove),” White remarked. “I never stop believing because growing up I was taught to never give up and doubt anything, but to keep moving forward.

"The past could either hurt you or better you, so I continued to move forward. My coach told me I could take the game off and I looked at him like he was crazy, because football is more than just football, it’s a way to a better life so I can help my family in the future.” 

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5 Recruits Pay A Visit As ODU Looks For Another Top Class

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. 

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Castroneves - Against All Odds - Finally Gets 4th Win At Indy

Foyt, Unser, and Mears.

For 30 years, these three have been part of one of the most sacred groups in auto racing: they're the only drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, and at every 500 since 2010, fans have anticipated a new member entering that group.

Their wait is now over, as today Helio Castroneves became part of that group by winning the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. He previously had won in 2001, 2002, and 2009. 

I’ve literally grown up watching Castroneves’ pursuit of four Indy 500 wins, seeing the first when I was only 8 years old, and now 20 years later, seeing him claim his fourth. 

In 2001, the racing world was still in shock from the death of Dale Earnhardt when Helio captured that first Indy 500, as fans around the globe were introduced to his victory celebration where Castroneves earned the moniker “Spiderman” for his penchant for climbing fences after race wins. I was eight years old at the time, and my dream was to work at The Virginian-Pilot. 

In 2002, America was still reeling from the attacks of 9/11. I remember the pre-race being so much different, more patriotic, and more of a celebration that we had made it through the previous year. Helio won his second Indy 500 that year, and while few thought when he won his first that he'd have a chance at winning 4, after his second win more people believed that he had an outside shot. After all, Helio was only 25 when his won in 2002.

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