VMI Football Announces 2012 Signing Class
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com  
Release: 02/01/2012
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LEXINGTON, Va. - VMI head coach Sparky Woods today announced the signings of the 2012 football signing class.

The group features 16 signees, seven of which come from the state of Virginia, and nine from out-of-state. Six states and the District of Columbia are represented in this year's signing day class.

"We had an emphasis on defensive backs and offensive lineman in this recruiting class," said Woods. "I feel like we gained some explosive players including three linemen that can play tackle which will give us depth in the offensive line."

"We also feel we have some explosive players at receiver and running back as well as the secondary," added Woods.  "All of these young men are looking to contribute as members of the Corps of Cadets and we are pleased they have chosen the path of a VMI education for their future. I would also like to again extend my thanks and gratitude to the Institute staff involved in our recruiting efforts."

The following signees are members of the 2012 VMI Football recruiting class. The info below includes name, position, height, weight, hometown and high school.

Further capsule information on each signee follows, and video highlights of the signees will be posted on 'Roo Tube, VMI's athletic broadband channel located at www.vmikeydets.com, and linked to this article.


2012 VMI FOOTBALL SIGNEES (As of 2/1/12)

Hayden Alford  -  QB, 6-3, 197, Dyersburg, Tenn., Dyersburg H.S.
Tarian Ayres  -  
QB, 6-1, 195, Dillwyn, Va., Buckingham H.S.
J.C. Garvin  -  
OLB, 6-4, 218, Kingsport, Tenn., Sullivan South H.S.
Alex James  -  
DB, 5-11, 190, Stockbridge, Ga., Woodland H.S.
Damian Jones  -  
DB, 6-1, 175, Richmond, Va., Hermitage H.S.
Alex Keys  -  
DB, 5-10, 185, Rocky Mount, Va., Franklin Co. H.S.
Caleb Lindsey  -  
ILB, 6-1, 220, Ashburn, Va., Broad Run H.S.
Bradley Lipscomb  -  
LB, 6-0, 205, Yanceyville, N.C., Yanceyville H.S.
Douglas Moore  -  
DB, 5-9, 180, Washington, D.C., Friendship Collegiate H.S.
Samuel Patterson  -  
WR, 6-5, 205, Keswick, Va., Monticello H.S.
Ethan Preston  -  
RB, 5-10, 205, Fredericksburg, Va., James Monroe H.S.
Chad Reed  -  
OL, 6-6, 320, Dover, Pa., Dover H.S.
Iyan Roseborough  -  
OL, 6-3, 310, Jenkinsville, S.C., Fairfield Central H.S.
Cody Shirley  -  
RB, 5-10, 205, Knoxville, Tenn., Knoxville Catholic H.S.
Jordan Veal  -  
OL, 6-4, 300, Chesapeake, VVa., Western Branch H.S.
Armani Williams  -  
WR, 6-7, 185, Henderson, N.C., Northern Vance Sr. H.S.

2012 VMI FOOTBALL SIGNEES PROFILES

Hayden Alford  -  QB, 6-3, 197, Dyersburg, Tenn., Dyersburg H.S.

Major:  Biology
Son of Trent Alford & Monica Gregory
Coached by Bart Stowe
Hosted by Jeff Sexton
Academic Host:  Col. Tom Baur

1st Team All-Region junior and senior year
Punter of the Year in District 13-AA junior and senior year
Finished 12th out of 264 participants at the 2011 Under Armour Combine
Invited to the National Underclassmen Combine Top Prospect Camp
Selected QB MVP at the 2011 National Underclassmen Combine
45-71, 946 yards, 14 TD, 1 int.
36 carries, 542 yds., 13 TD
Voted Team Captain Senior Year      

Tarian Ayres  -  QB, 6-1, 195, Dillwyn, Va., Buckingham H.S.

Major:  Biology
Son of Ike Jones & Angela Ayres
Coached by Craig Gill
Hosted by Aaron Lewis
Academic Host:  Col. Tom Baur

Football
All time passing leader in school history
Freshman:        Honorable Mention All District QB
2nd Team All District DB
Sophomore:     2nd Team All District QB
1st Team All District DB
2nd Team All Region QB
1st undefeated team in school history
Junior:             1st Team All District QB
2nd Team All Region QB
Senior:             1st Team All District QB
1st Team All Region QB
2nd Team All State QB
2nd Team All District DB
All Central VA Utility Player
1st Team Region Scrimmage Play
Basketball

Sophomore:     1st Team All District Forward
2nd Team All Region Forward
Member of State Runner Up Team
Junior:             1st Team All District Forward
2nd Team All Region Forward
Track

Freshman:        All District and All Region
Sophomore:     All District, All Region, and All State
Junior:             All District and All Region

Member of FBLA and FCA 9th - 12th grade

J.C. Garvin  -  OLB, 6-4, 218, Kingsport, Tenn., Sullivan South H.S.

Major:  Engineering
Son of Wade & Robin Garvin
Coached by  Sam Haney
Hosted by Ty Garvin
Academic Host: Capt. Ned Riester            

3.75 GPA
National Honors Society
156 Tackles as a Junior
152 Tackles as a Senior
All-Conf. LB
- Junior & Senior
All-Conf. TE
- Senior
Big Eight Conf. Def. Player of the Year
- Junior and Senior
All NE TN/SW VA Elite Team
- Junior and Senior
TN Pre-season All-State Selection at LB and TE
TN All-State Selection at LB
East TN vs. SwVa FCA All-Star Team Captain
TN Toyota East-West All-Star Game

Alex James  -  DB, 5-11, 190, Stockbridge, Ga., Woodland H.S.

Major:  Biology
Son of Sam & Bertha James
Coached by Scott Schmitt
Hosted by Stefawn Ross
Academic Host:  Col. Tom Baur

Team Co-Captain - Junior & Senior Year
1st Team Defense All Region 3-AAAA (Division A)
- Senior Year
Henry County, GA "Friday Night Stars"
- Senior
Spring Game "True Gift" Award
- Senior
Wolfpack "Iron Man" Award
- Senior
Honorable Mention All-Region 3-AAAA (Division A ) - Junior Year
NUC 100 Invite
- Junior
Spring Game "Mr. Hustle" Award
- Junior
3 year Varsity Football Letterman
3 year Varsity Track & Field Letterman

Damian Jones  -  DB, 6-1, 175, Henrico, Va., Hermitage H.S.

Major:  Engineering
Son of Al & Pamela Jones
Coached by Patrick Kane
Hosted by Mike Johnson
Academic Host:  Capt. Ned Riester

Two year Varsity Starter
2010-2011 State Runner-Up
2010-2011 Honorable Mention Utility
2011-2012 Best Skills Player
2011-2012 All Region DB & Returner
2011-2012 2nd Team All-Metro DB
3 time District Champs
2 time Regional Champs
2 year All-District
2 year All-Academic
Led the team in interceptions (2010-2011) (2011-2012)
GPA:  3.7

Alex Keys  -  DB, 5-10, 185, Rocky Mount, Va., Franklin Co. H.S.

Major:  Biology
Son of  Raymond & Cecelia Keys
Coached by Chris Jones
Hosted by Mario Thompson
Academic Host:  Col. Tom Baur

Sophomore:  Started Corner at the Varsity level 10 out of 12 games.  Also played   some   at X and Z receiver.  Named a Sizzling Sophomore from Times Land and 2nd team District Defense.

Junior:  Broke school single game rushing and carry record - 45 carries (2008-44 carries).
305 yards (1954-300 yard rushing).  Finished the season with over 1100 yds. Rushing and over 1500 all purpose yards.  Received WDBJ 7 Player of the Week Award.
1st Team District Running Back.  2nd team Region Running Back.  Crunch Magazine Player of the Week.

Senior: 
Team Captain.  Crunch magazine Player of the Week.  2nd Team District Running Back.
1st Team District Free Safety.  1st Team District Kick Returner.
Special Teams:  Averaged at least two tackles per game on special teams alone junior and senior year.
Went 9-3 all three years as a varsity starter.  Played in six play-off games in those three  and hosted 1st playoff game in school history.

Caleb Lindsey  -  ILB, 6-1, 220, Ashburn, Va., Broad Run H.S.

Major:  Psychology
Son of Captain Kenneth Lindsey USN (RET) & Dr. Alecia Greene
Coached by Matt Griffis
Hosted by John Washington
Academic Host:  Col. Dave Cotting

Sophomore Year: Varsity
State Championship - Virginia AA Division 4 Football
2009 All-State Underclassman Team
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
- Loudoun County Board of Supervisors - February 1, 2010
Junior Year: Varsity
2010 All-Dulles District Football Team: First Team
2010 Defensive Lineman of the year (Broad Run)
2010 Washington Post All Met Football (Honorable Mention)
Senior year: Varsity
2011 Team Captain
2011 Cedar Run District - Defensive Player of the Year
2011 First team All-District Linebacker
2011 First team All Region  Linebacker (Va. preps)
2011 Second team All State Linebacker (Va. preps)
2011 Washington Post All-Met Football (Honorable Mention)
4 Year Honor Roll Student
Three uncles had careers in the Navy, while one in the Air Force

Bradley Lipscomb  -  LB, 6-0, 205, Yanceyville, N.C., Bartlett Yancey H.S.

Major:  Physical Therapy
Son of  Richard & Vanecia Lipscomb
Coached by Corey Lea
Hosted by Justin Smith
Academic Host:  Col. Tom Baur

Honor Roll - Sophomore, Junior & Senior Year
3 Years Varsity, 2 Year Varsity Starter at LB
Leading Tackler Junior & Senior Year
4 Year Varsity Starter in Track
- 100m & 4x100m Relay
Football:
All Conference 2A Mid-State 1st Team
- LB Junior & Senior Year
All Region 1st Team
- LB Junior Year
All Metro 1st Team
- LB Junior & Senior Year
All State Honorable Mention
- LB Junior Year
Defensive MVP
- Sophomore & Junior Year
Scout.com 2011 South Showcase
- Overall MVP & Defensive MVP
Stats:  2010
- 94 tackles (18 for a loss) .. 7.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 blocked punts

2011
- 109 tackles (10 for a loss) .. 3 forced fumbles
Track:
All Conference 2A Mid-State
- Sophomore & Junior Year
All Metro – Sophomore & Junior Year
2A State Finals in 4x100m Relay
- Sophomore & Junior Year

Douglas Moore  -  DB, 5-9, 180, Washington, D.C., Friendship Collegiate H.S.

Major:  Biology
Son of  Carletta Moore and the late Douglas Coates
Coached by Aazaar Abdul-Rahim (San Diego State)
Hosted by Trae Watkins
Academic Host:  Col. Tom Baur

Rated one of the top 25 players in Washington D.C. by SuperPrep and Rivals
Team Captain of #2 ranked team in the Washington D.C. area
Certificate of Achievement:  Magnum Cum Laude Award recipient Junior & Senior Year
Selected to Chesapeake Bowl game showcasing players from PA, NJ, DE, MD, Va., WV, and DC
Selected to All-Mid-Atlantic Team
2011 Stats:  83 tackles, 6 pass break-up, 4-forced fumbles and 2 fumble recovery which one led to a TD.

Samuel Patterson  -  WR, 6-5, 205, Keswick, Va., Monticello H.S.

Major:  Business/Economics
Son of Mike Patterson and Dale Patterson
Coached by Rodney Reed
Hosted by Chris Harper
Academic Host: Maj. Jennifer Gerow

Honor Roll - Junior & Senior Years
4 year Varsity Starter at WR/TE
3 year Varsity Starter at DE/LB
Leading Receiver Sophomore, Junior and Senior Years
4 year Varsity Starter in Baseball
Football
-
All Region II AA Team - Senior
1st Team WR
2nd Team DE
All Jefferson District 1st team as WR and DE
- Senior
All State
- Virginia Private Schools - 2nd team WR as Junior
Baseball
-
All State - Virginia Private Schools - 1st team as Junior
All Virginia Independent Conference
- 1st team as Junior

Ethan Preston  -  RB, 5-10, 205, Fredericksburg, Va., James Monroe H.S.

Major:  Business/Economics
Son of Tony & Sally Preston
Coached by Richard Serbay
Hosted by John Washington
Academic Host: Col. Francis Bush

Freshman:
Football
- Rookie of the Year, Varsity Letter, State Championship Ring,
VHSL State Championship Medal
Sophomore:
Varsity Letter
- Football & Track
Junior:
Football
- Varsity Letter, Coaches Incentive Award, broke the school record for sacks and tackles for a loss during a season.
Selected 1st Team All-District,  All-Region, All-Area, and 2nd Team All-State as a defensive lineman.
Awarded Defensive Player of the Year for the Battlefield District.
Senior:
Football
- Varsity Letter, Tuffy Hick Competitive Sports Award, MVP-Offense
Selected 1st Team All-District, All-Region, All-Area, and All-State as a running back.  Awarded Offensive Player of the Year for District, Offensive Player of the Year Runner-Up for Region, and Free Lance Star All Area
Football Player of the Year.  Rushed for 1,907 yards on 219 carries for
33 touchdowns.

Chad Reed  -  OL, 6-6, 320, Dover, Pa.., Dover H.S.

Major: Psychology
Son of Christine Reed
Coached by William Miller
Hosted by Eric Kordenbrock
Academic Host:  Col. Dave Cotting

2011 Heavyweight Division Lift-A-Thon Champion of the Football Team
Two-time Jr./Sr. year 1st Team Division 2 All-Star
Junior year was chosen to be a Hot 100 Junior by Big 33.  Was nominated Sr. year also
Nominated for PSFCA (PA Scholastic Football Coaches Association) East/West Game
Senior Year
ESPN Scout grade for football is 71 (two-stars).  Ranked 79th in the State, Regionally
ranked 182nd out of all offensive tackles, and regionally ranked 285th out of all
positions.

Iyan Roseborough  -  OL, 6-3, 310, Jenkinsville, S.C., Fairfield Central H.S.

Major:  Engineering
Son of Timothy & Myra Roseborough
Coached by Demetrius Davis
Hosted by David Stradford
Academic Host: Capt. Ned Riester

4 year Varsity Letterman
All-State
All-Region
Ranked #31 by ESPN
- all athletes in South Carolina
Member of FBLA, DECCA, Student Government, and the Principle Student Body Counsel

Cody Shirley  -  RB, 5-10, 205, Knoxville, Tenn., Knoxville Catholic H.S.

Major:   Education
Son of Ron & Denise Shirley
Coached by Scott Meadows
Hosted by Josh Sneed
Academic Host: Capt. Chad Joyce

Over the past two years rushed for 871 yds. and 10 touchdowns, while making 88

tackles with 1 interception returning it for a touchdown
Nominated All District 4-AAA TSSAA in 2009 and was the starting Fullback and
Outside Linebacker for the State Champions Knoxville Catholic H.S.
2010:  Finished 11th overall
- Nike Combine in Pittsburgh, PA out of over 500 athletes
and listed as Top Talent in TN
- Football Time in TN Magazine
Member of the 2009 State Runner-up team in baseball playing Centerfield, leading
off and batting .369 during league play.

Jordan Veal  -  OL, 6-4, 300, Chesapeake, Va., Western Branch H.S.

Major:  Business/Economics
Son of David & Danielle Williams
Coached by Scott Johnson
Hosted by Charlie Jones
Academic Host:  Col. Clifford West

1st Team All Southeastern District as a Senior
2nd Team All Tidewater as a Senior
2nd Team All Southeastern District as a Junior
3 year Varsity Letterman and Varsity Starter
Virginia High School League Academic Recognition Award 9th
- 12th grade
Served as a Team Captain Senior Year
Western Branch High School Offensive Lineman of the Year as a Junior and Senior

Armani Williams  -  WR, 6-7, 185, Henderson, N.C., Northern Vance Sr. H.S.

Major:  Sports Management/Business
Son of Tanya Williams
Coached by Barian Harris
Hosted by Stefawn Ross
Academic Host:  Col. Clifford West

Named One of Carolina 6 All Conference Wide Receiver
Two year Letterman
- Football & Basketball
Basketball
- Honorable Mention 1st year and 2nd year All Conference
Track
- Four year letterman   
All Conference
- two years for the high jump


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