2003 Football Capsules

Here are capsules from the official release on WVU's 2003 football signees.

James Alford: Three-time all-district defender for Coach Henry Rando at East Jefferson High ... 146 tackles, six interceptions, 10 forced fumbles as a senior ... led Warriors in tackles for three seasons ... earned 5A all-state honors ... selected for Orleans-Jefferson and Louisiana all-star games ... Superprep Louisiana Top 30 ... a four-year track letterman ... plans to study athletic coaching education ... son of Carolyn and Ray Alford

Chris Bassler: Earned all-county, all-MVAL and all-area honors at tight end and linebacker for Coach John Baugher at Francis Scott Key (Md.) High ... recorded 91 tackles and four sacks as a senior, along with 10 catches for 190 yards and three TDs ... named to Super 22 Team ... PrepStar all-regional and Superprep mid-Atlantic Top 25 ... all-county and all-league center in basketball ... plans to major in education ... son of Bob and Carol Bassler

Vince Beamer Jr.: Sizeable safety with strong athletic skills ... earned first team big school all-state accolades for Coach Jeff Weachter at Bishop McDevitt High in Harrisburg ... 1,017 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns helped the Crusaders to an 8-2 record ... scored five times on kick and punt returns ... PrepStar all-regional and Superprep state Top 15 ... also a basketball and track letterman ... will enroll in journalism at WVU ... son of Vincent Sr. and Sharon Beamer

Adam Bednarik: Talented quarterback prospect who led the Bethlehem Catholic Hawks to an 11-1 record and undefeated regular season ... 148-225 passing for 2,356 yards ... threw 27 touchdowns against just four interceptions ... first team all-area, all-Lehigh Valley Conference, and all-state for Coach Chuck Sonon ... named team MVP and area player of the year ... earned all-conference honors at safety as a sophomore and receiver as a junior ... Superprep Top 30 and PrepStar all-regional ... all-area and all-league basketball standout who just scored his 1,000th career point ... also an all-area pitcher ... will be a physical education major ... son of John and Rosie Bednarik ... second cousin is NFL Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik

Kevin Burke Jr.: Defensive end who was player of the year for Coach Gary Chilcoat at Varina High ... MVP as the Blue Devils went 10-1 and won the Capital District championship ... all-district, all-metro Richmond, all-region and second team all-state ... recorded 76 tackles, 10 sacks, forced and recovered two fumbles as a senior ... also a basketball, soccer and track letterman ... will be an education major ... son of Kevin Sr. and Vera Burke

Milton Collins: Versatile two-sport standout from New Orleans ... helped O.P. Walker advance to the 4A state title game and 13-2 record ... first team all-district and second team Times-Picayune all-metro for Coach Frank Wilson III ... 62 catches for 890 yards and 10 scores, along with three interceptions and six PBU ... Orleans Parish all-star team ... also recruited as a Division I point guard ... ranks as the #1 guard in Louisiana, averaging 20.7 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game ... McDonald's All-American finalist, all-district, all-metro, all-state ... will enroll in general studies ... son of Joann Collins

Keilen Dykes: Physically impressive defensive end who recorded 75 tackles and 9.5 sacks as a senior ... earned all-Ohio, all-city and all-NEO honors at Chaney High ... Youngstown Vindicator city defensive player of the year for Coach Ron Berdis and the 7-3 Cowboys ... 18 sacks a a junior ... four-year starter who was selected for the North-South and Big 33 all-star games ... PrepStar all-regional and Superprep midwest Top 75 ... will enroll in general studies ... son of Jewell and James Dykes

Andy Good: Experienced kicker from Ohio's Boardman High, where he played for Coach Gary Smith ... all-Steel Valley Conference and all-NEO for the Spartans ... 70% of his kickoffs went into the endzone or beyond ... kicked three game-winning field goals during career ... PrepStar all-regional ... an all-state second baseman and all-district soccer player; earned nine varsity letters for the Spartans ... will study accounting at WVU ... son of Robert and Teresa Good

Kay-Jay Harris: Physical running back with great potential at the Division I level ... rushed for 2,087 yards and 20 touchdowns in two seasons at Garden City (Kan.) Community College ... all-Jayhawk Conference runner for Coach Bob Larson at GCCC ... all-county selection at Tampa Bay Tech for Coach John Colbert ... won four state long jump titles with a best jump of 24'7" ... played Class A baseball for three seasons in the Texas Rangers' organization before starting junior college ... son of Delores Harris and Peggy and Keith Akins

Devin Kirkland: Outstanding two-way lineman from western Pennsylvania ... played for Coach Mike Zmijanac at Aliquippa High ... Quips posted an impressive 10-2 record and won the WPIAL sectional championship ... also throws the shot put, discus and javelin ... will enroll in general studies at West Virginia ... son of Denise McCoy and Ricky Kirkland

Antonio Lewis: Versatile quarterback who passed for 15 touchdowns and rushed for 17 scores at Thomas Stone High ... Washington Post metro player of the year for Coach Steven Lindsay ... passed for 1,014 yards and rushed for 847 for the 7-3 Cougars ... all-DC metro, all-state, all-extra and all-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference as a senior ... also an all-conference basketball performer ... will study athletic coaching education at WVU ... son of Tonya Dorsey and Jimmy Lewis

Marc Magro: Talented hometown product who led University High to a 9-3 record and the second round of the state playoffs ... first team Class AAA all-state and all-NCAC linebacker for Coach John Kelley ... recorded 154 tackles, 28 tackles for losses and five sacks for the Hawks ... also a baseball letterman ... member of National Honor Society ... active in Teens Against Tobacco Use ... will major in exercise physiology ... son of Phil and Suzanne Magro

Fernandez McDowell: Productive defensive back for the two-time New Orleans district champion East Jefferson Warriors ... recorded 160 tackles, 16 interceptions and three touchdowns for Coach Henry Rando ... all-Catholic League, all-Parish and all-district honoree ... two-time all-district selection ... Superprep Louisiana Top 35 ... plans to major in business ... son of Schwann Jackson and Hernandez McDowell

Michael Meggett: Two-time all-city defender who led Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton Tigers to the PSAL championship game ... received the Iron Horse award as the New York City player of the year for Coach Vince Laino ... Golden 50 all-state and Heisman tri-state all-star teams ... 251 career tackles, 11 interceptions, 27 TFL ... had 71 career receptions for 1,499 yards and 16 scores ... Superprep New York Top 10 and PrepStar all-regional ... MVP of his junior varsity basketball team ... will be a forensics major ... grandson of Priscilla Knox

Jules Montinar: Playmaking safety who earned all-state honors as a junior and senior ... Naples Daily News and Southwest Florida defensive player of the year ... 124 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions as a senior, as the 11-2 Golden Eagles advanced to the state final four as regional champs ... holds the Naples High career records for sacks and forced fumbles ... helped Coach Bill Kramer's team to a 12-2 record and the state title as a junior ... will enroll in general studies ... son of Jacob and Wese Montinar

Zac Napier: Impressive offensive tackle from Mississippi with outstanding potential ... earned first team all-county, all-area and all-district accolades for Coach Jack Thompson at South Jones High ... named as one of the top 40 prospects in Mississippi ... also a baseball standout ... plans to be a physical therapy major ... son of Susan and Greg Napier

Vaughn Rivers: Pittsburgh Athletic Association player of the year at 13-1 Perry Academy, the three-time city league champions ... all-state and all-city for Coach Bill Gallagher ... returned five punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns ... tallied 18 career interceptions ... Pittsburgh Post Gazette Fabulous 22 and Pittsburgh Tribune Review Terrific 25 teams ... 15 catches for 225 yards as a senior ... PrepStar all-regional ... also a basketball and track letterman ... member of the National Honor Society ... will be a business major at WVU ... son of Margaret and Anthony Rivers

Joe Sykes: NJCAA All-America pick at defensive end for Holmes Community College ... all-state and all-region for Coach Hugh Shurden as the Bulldogs won the MACJC and Region XXIII titles ... recorded 78 tackles, 12 TFL and nine sacks last season ... earned MACJC all-state honors as a freshman ... will play in MACJC all-star game ... all-conference, all-area at Grenada (Miss.) High ... defensive player of year, best athlete for Coach Neil Hitchcock ... a two-year basketball all-stater ... will study sociology ... son of Patsy Sykes

Davanzo Tate Jr.: Athletic prospect out of Austintown Fitch High in Youngstown ... earned all-state and all-NEO recognition for Coach Carl Pelini as a running and cornerback ... all-Steel Valley Conference pick who gained more than 1,000 all-purpose yards, 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions as a senior ... selected to play in North-South and Big 33 all-star games ... state qualifier in track ... a member of the National Honor Society ... plans to study business ... son of Davanzo Sr. and Rita Tate and Dedra Harris Jubal Thomas: Talented JC receiver from Los Angeles Harbor College ... caught 33 passes for 746 yards and nine touchdowns for Coach Steve Schmitz ... also returned a kickoff for a touchdown ... attended Culver City High, where he was Bay League player of the year for Coach Tom Salter ... 56 catches for 1,100 yards and 10 scores ... also a basketball and sprint letterman ... will study sport management at WVU ... son of Carol King and Alvin and Susan Thomas

Michael Villagrana: All-Northeast Ohio prospect at defensive end from Boardman High ... first team all-Steel Valley Conference as a junior and senior for Coach Garry Smith ... recorded 11 touchdowns and 11 sacks as the Spartans' defensive MVP ... second team all-Ohio ... PrepStar all-regional ... also a baseball and basketball letterman ... plans to enroll as a sport management major ... son of Laurie Villagrana

Eric Wicks: Player of the year at 13-1 Perry Academy, the three-time Pittsburgh city league champions ... first team all-state and all-city for Coach Bill Gallagher ... 22 receptions totalled 643 yards and 16 touchdowns ... also returned four career punts for TDs and made 22 career interceptions ... Pittsburgh Post Gazette Fabulous 22 and Pittsburgh Tribune Review Terrific 25 teams ... will enroll in general studies ... son of Yvonne Wicks

Larry Williams Jr.: Standout defender from Highland Springs High who is the only player in Virginia selected for the all-state team at three different positions (DB, WR, KR) ... team MVP who led Coach Scott Burton's Springers to a 9-1 record and a playoff berth ... all-state honors from Virginia High School Coaches Association and Associated Press ... 30 tackles, 11 PBU, two interceptions as a senior, along with 35 catches for 848 yards and six TDs ... two kick returns for scores ... Richmond Times-Dispatch all-metro, all-Capital District, all-Central Region ... Superprep mid-Atlantic Top 35 ... also a sprint regional qualifier in track ... will major in education ... son of Larry Sr. and Barbara Williams

Andrae Wright: all-state defender for Coach Marty McDole at John Shaw High in Mobile ... recorded 74 tackles, eight sacks, six TFL and seven fumble recoveries as a senior ... Mobile Register all-regional ... Nike Camp ... also a basketball and track letterman ... will major in business at WVU ... son of Pattie Landelson and Alarick Wright

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