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20 Student-Athletes Chose VUU on National Signing Day

February 18, 2020

Contact: Justin-Mychal White 

Office of Brand Marketing 

Phone:  804.257.5856 

Email: Jcwhite@vuu.edu  

  

Virginia Union University celebrated signing day in a major way Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Traditionally, National Signing Day is the first opportunity a high school student-athlete has to publically announce his/her intentions on what university he/she will continue playing their playing career.  

"National Signing Day is always a huge day in college football," said Parker.  "Our staff did an excellent job of evaluating, recruiting and signing a very high quality 2020 class. We met and exceeded all of our recruiting goals during this cycle. We were able to do an exceptional job in the State of Virginia with 13 of the 20 signees coming from the state. We were also able to grab some talent from other states, with three coming from Maryland, two coming from D.C., one coming from North Carolina and one coming from Georgia. We have forged some great relationships with the new student-athletes and their families and we can't wait to get them on campus for the upcoming season." 

This year’s signing day extravaganza was hosted by Stumps Pig and Pint Restaurant located at 119 E. Leigh Street. Stumps provided venue space for VUU fans, faculty, staff and students to celebrate those students-athletes who chose to bring their athletic ability to Virginia Union.   

Annually, the signing day is slated for the first Wednesday in February with VUUs coaching staff finally getting to see the fruit of their recruiting labors.   

Entering his 3rd season as Head Coach, Dr. Alvin Parker, and staff were able to receive commitments from one of the best signing day classes VUU football has ever seen. Securing 20 of the top 22 student-athletes the football staff deeded to be priority players. 

Of Coach Parkers many philosophies, he likes to keeps his team grounded in home grown talent with 13 of his 20 signings coming from student-athletes in the Commonwealth.     

For more information visit www.vuusports.com. The full list of signees is as follows: 

Brooks 

Ali 

Deep Creek 

Chespeake 

VA 

6'2 

170 

Carver 

Kalen 

TE 

North Cobb 

Kennesaw 

GA 

6'1 

205 

Coston 

Teion 

DL 

Indian River 

Portsmouth 

VA 

6'1 

240 

Deaton 

Seth 

Stuanton River HS 

Moneta 

VA 

5'10 

150 

Dozier 

Xavier 

CB 

Potomac HS 

Oxon Hill 

MD 

5'11 

180 

Elliott 

Quentin 

L.C. Bird 

Chesterfield 

VA 

5'10 

170 

Epps 

Shane 

Western Branch 

Chesapeake 

VA 

6'6 

300 

Graham 

Shamar 

ATH 

Thomas Jefferson 

Richmond 

VA 

6'1 

210 

Gregg 

Marquas 

Churchland HS 

Portsmouth 

VA 

6'1 

280 

Hackey 

Larry 

ATH 

Quince Orchard 

Gaithersburg 

MD 

5'9 

175 

Jones 

Jamal 

DE 

Riverdale Baptist 

Upper Marlboro 

MD 

6'3 

232 

Jones Jr. 

Larry 

DL 

Nandua HS 

Onley 

VA 

6'1 

260 

Key Jr. 

Ricky 

WR 

Woodside 

Newport News 

VA 

6'0 

180 

Lawton 

Mark 

Friendship 

Washington 

DC 

6'2 

280 

McKay 

Niko 

CB 

Catholic High School 

Chesapeake 

VA 

5'10 

170 

Moyer 

Jamaree 

DL 

Armstrong 

Richmond 

VA 

6'1 

270 

Prentice-Coles 

Kore 

RB 

71st 

Fayetteville 

NC 

5'11 

190 

Richardson 

Jason 

TE 

John Marshall 

Richmond 

VA 

6'2 

230 

Smith 

Dyson 

QB 

Friendship 

Washington 

DC 

6'0 

190 

Williamson 

Jalen 

DL 

George Washington 

Danville 

VA 

6'2 

275 

About Virginia Union University: Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Virginia Union University offers a broad range of educational opportunities that advances liberal arts education, teaching, research, science, technology, continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences. Visit https://www.vuu.edu/ for more information. 

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