VSU football snags 2 top quarterbacks
Fred Jeter | 3/15/2019, 6 a.m.
Virginia State University’s most recent recruiting class features two of the state’s premier quarterbacks.
D’Vonte Waller from Highland Springs High School in Henrico County and Dinwiddie High School’s K’ymon Pope will be joining the VSU Trojans this fall.
Earning first team All-State honors, 6-foot-3 Waller led the Springers to back-to-back State Class 5 football titles with a combined record of 31-1. Highland Springs was 15-0 last fall.
Pope, an All-Region 4B selection, guided Dinwiddie High to consecutive regional titles. For his career as a General, Pope passed for more than 3,700 yards and ran for more than 2,400 yards.
Dinwiddie went 23-3 in Pope’s two seasons as quarterback.
Pope’s older brother, K’Vaughan, is a starting linebacker for Ohio State University.
Both Pope, at 6 feet, 200 pounds, and Waller are excellent all around athletes who could line up at other positions. However, there is a quarterback opening in Ettrick. Two-year starter Cordelral Cook will be graduating this spring.
Cook’s top backup a year ago was Nicholas Winston, a rising senior who transferred to VSU from Norfolk State University.
The Trojans slumped to 4-5 overall and 4-3 in the CIAA last season, with a game against St. Augustine’s University canceled because of Hurricane Florence.
The previous two seasons, the Trojans were 19-3 under Coach Reggie Barlow. In 2017, VSU won the CIAA football title and advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional.
VSU definitely has Highland Springs High on its recruiting radar. A second All-State performer headed to VSU is former Springers running back Shyrie McKeiver. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound McKeiver is renowned for his exceptional breakaway speed.
Other locals choosing VSU are safety Xavier Addison and tight end Justin Providence from Matoaca High School in Chesterfield County.
The Trojans will open the 2019-20 season Saturday, Sept. 7, at Norfolk State University.