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December 11, 2007

VirginiaPreps 2007 AAA All-State Team

For the first time in its decade-plus history of covering high school football, VirginiaPreps.com proudly presents its own All-State Team.  This is the team highlighting the best that Group AAA has to offer.  We used a strict roster of eleven on offense and defense with one "wild card" spot on each side of the ball, plus a kicker, a punter, and a return specialist and no players appear on both sides of the ball. 

We've also selected players of the year on both offense and defense, as well as coaches of the year for each division.  In addition, there were several outstanding players who had to be left off the VirginiaPreps.com All-State Team either because of exceptional depth at their position, or because—although the player had an amazing season—someone else had one just a little bit better.  We've placed this group in a "special recognition" category, because we would be remiss if we didn't let these fine athletes share in our all-state spotlight.

And, now, here's the team:  

OFFENSE:
WR - Todd Harrelson, Sr. (Oscar Smith); 6'2", 185 lbs. : The most dangerous receiver on Oscar Smith's explosive offensive attack, the University of North Carolina commit caught 62 passes for 1,245 yards and 16 touchdowns on the year.
WR - Ryan Moody, Sr. (Stone Bridge); 6'0", 170 lbs. : The Bulldogs top pass-catcher saved his best for the big games including a three-touchdown effort in the team's Division Five state championship victory.
TE - Kendrick McClary, Sr. (L. C. Bird); 6'4", 255 lbs. : A powerful blocker who was instrumental in the Bird running attack, McClary was also a dangerous receiver when used for that purpose.  
T - Morgan Moses, Jr. (Meadowbrook); 6'7", 332 lbs. : This prototype tackle helped open holes for Meadowbrook's Wing-T as the Monarchs made it to the Central Region, D-6 finals.  
T - David Wang, Jr. (Stone Bridge); 6'2", 290 lbs. : The Virginia Tech-commit was an important part of the vaunted single wing attack for the Division Five state champion Bulldogs.
G - Anthony Denham, Jr. (Potomac); 5'10", 225 lbs. : Quick and athletic, Denham's blocking was a key for the run-heavy, Wing-T Potomac Panthers in their march to the state championship game.  
G - Rashaun Allen, Sr.  (Woodside); 6'2", 310 lbs. : Woodside advanced to the D6 playoffs using a Wing-T attack keyed by their senior pulling guard as the Wolverines led the Peninsula District in rushing yards.
C - Richard Williams, Sr. (George Washington - Danville); 6'2", 295 lbs. : The Eagles put up plenty of points this season in rolling to a playoff berth, and the man in the middle was crucial to that effort.  
QB - Mike Glennon, Sr. (Westfield); 6'6", 197 lbs. : N. C. State-bound Glennon did it all this season in leading Westfield to national recognition behind 2,400+ yards passing and over 30 touchdowns.  
RB - DeAntwan Williams, Jr. (Woodbridge); 5'9", 190 lbs. : The Vikings star rushed for over 2,300 yards this season and scored 26 touchdowns in leading his team to the Division Six championship game appearance.  
RB - Kevin Whaley, Sr.  (Salem - Virginia Beach); 5'11", 190 lbs. : The shifty senior rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 25 touchdowns in leading the SunDevils back to the regional championship game.  
Util - Ben Barber, Sr. (Edison); 5'10", 200 lbs. : A 1,000-yard receiver in 2006, Barber converted to quarterback this year and led the Eagles to the regional finals.  He'll continue his playing career as a Hokie.  
DEFENSE:
DE -Jamel Davis, Sr. (Hermitage); 6'3", 205 lbs. : The Central Region's Defensive POY's tremendous speed and quickness off the ball helped Hermitage to the regional crown in Division Six.
DT - Paul Thompson, Sr. (Woodbridge); 6'2", 260 lbs. : Thompson was a stalwart for a turnover-creating defense that became one of the state's best by season's end, as the Vikings made the state finals.
DT - Dominik Davenport, Jr. (Phoebus); 6'1", 235 lbs. : The ultra-tough interior lineman led the Phantoms defense with his power up front and is being courted by a number of ACC and SEC school already.
DE - Derek Qadir, Sr. (Robinson); 6'4", 220 lbs. : A standout pass rusher, Qadir's fine season led to sudden interest from the likes of the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Maryland.
LB - Josh Castlebury, Sr. (L. C. Bird); 6'0", 200 lbs. : The big, hard-hitting linebacker was the lynchpin of the customarily-strong Skyhawk defense, which allowed the fewest regular-season points in the Central Region.
LB - Perry Jones, Jr.  (Oscar Smith); 5'9", 180 lbs. : The Eastern Region's Defensive POY routinely applied crowd-pleasing hits in leading a Tigers defense which recorded fives shutouts and allowed only 85 points in 14 games.

LB - Brian Kennedy, Sr. (Westfield); 5'8", 162 lbs. : Kennedy was arguably the biggest gamebreaker on a defense that posted five shutouts and held nine of ten regular-season opponents to seven points or fewer.

LB - Lyndell Gibson, Sr. (Salem - Virginia Beach); 6'0", 225 lbs. : The future Virginia Tech Hokie led a Salem defense which held eight opponents to single-digit scores as he established himself as perhaps the region's most physical player.

DB - Jeron Gouveia, Sr. (Stone Bridge); 6'2", 190 lbs. : The do-it-all Gouveia was a standout on offense, but his defensive play earned him regional POY honors and an offer from Stanford before committing to Virginia Tech.
DB - Abdul Kanneh, Sr. (Potomac); 6'0", 185 lbs. : Kanneh, the Northwest Region Defensive POY, spearheaded a Potomac defense that was one of the best—if not the best—in Division Five this year.
DB - Reid Evans, Sr. (Phoebus); 6'0", 170 lbs. : Evans rose to prominence during last year's playoff run and carried that momentum into this season when he picked off eleven passes thrown his way helping the Phantoms win the Eastern Region. 

Util - Antoine Hopkins, Sr. (Highland Springs); 6'2", 280 lbs. : Big, strong, and fast, Hopkins was a part of an often-dominating Springer defense.  Another Virginia Tech commit, Hopkins drew offers from Tennessee, UVA, and Syracuse.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
K - Tyler Bitancurt, Sr. (West Springfield); 6'0", 175 lbs. : Strong-legged, with the ability to drive the ball into or through the end zone consistently on kickoffs, Bitancurt connected on 12 of 13 field goals (with a long of 50) on the season while nailing 53 of 55 PAT's.
P - Matt Pennington, Sr. (Atlee); 5'10", 170 lbs. : Pennington was an overwhelming choice for both all-region kicker and punter in the Central, and his selection was very well-deserved.  
Ret. - Travis Tarpley, Sr. (George Washington -Danville); 5'7", 170 lbs. : The dangerous Tarpley is a classic "can score from anywhere on the field" guy who doubled as an all-region defensive back.  
COACHES:
D-5 Coach of the Year - Shawn Wilson (Green Run) : The first year head coach earned the All-State honors by leading the Stallions to a 10-2 mark in his debut season after the school had posted a 5-75 mark over the previous eight seasons.
D-6 Coach of the Year - Tom Verbanic (Westfield) : Led the Westfield Bulldogs to an unprecedented 15-0 state championship season, winning the second Group AAA, Division 6 title in the short history of Westfield High School. The Bulldogs were ranked #1 wire-to-wire in the VirginiaPreps.com state poll, and were rarely challenged en route to the title.

Offense Player of the Year - Mike Glennon (Westfield)

Defense Player of the Year - Jeron Gouveia (Stone Bridge)

Special Recognition / Honorable Mention:

DT - George Bansah, Sr. (Potomac); 6'1", 275 lbs.

OT - Jimmy Bennett, Sr. (West Potomac); 6'9", 300 lbs.

K - Matt Bevins, Sr. (Warwick) 6'1", 180 lbs.

DB/KR - Marcus Burley, Sr. (Highland Springs); 5'10", 180 lbs.

QB - Ju-Ju Clayton, Sr. (Hermitage); 6'2", 206 lbs.

LB - Kenny Fryman, Jr. (Hanover); 5'9", 210 lbs.

RB - Torrian Pace, Jr. (Chantilly); 5'10, 220 lbs.

OT - Vinston Painter, Sr. (Maury); 6'6", 320 lbs.

RB - Chase Barnett, Jr. (Brooke Point); 5'8", 160 lbs.



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