Dover is ready to make his presence felt

As a freshman in 2011, Independence DE Tommy Dover (6-3, 265) played only his second year of football and with his impressive size, speed and athleticism, he's already garnering lots of early attention from four-year schools...

As a prep, Dover attended Williamsburg Christian Academy, but played football for Lafayette (Williamsburg, Va.) High School.

"My school was too small. We didn't have a football team so I played at the local high school," Dover told "I played my first year of high school football as a junior, but then after the season I had to have knee surgery, so I missed my senior season.

"I was all set to go to Hinds in Mississippi to play, but then after talking to my coaches back in high school and talking to the coaches here at Independence, I thought it was a better fit for me."

As a freshman this past season, Dover had a solid season posting 28 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks while starting all but the first two games.

"We finished 0-9 so it wasn't a very good season for our team, but individually I thought I progressed pretty well," Dover said. "This year, we're all focused on improving and making the playoffs. I think we have a pretty good team. We definitely have more talent than our record indicated.

"I have been working hard on my technique and just being an overall better football player. You can't really be satisfied with any part of your game. You always need to be working to improve."

On the recruiting front, Dover's performance last year has schools clamoring to get a better look at him and he's been hearing from several although he's still waiting on his first offer.

"I've heard from Minnesota, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, Indiana, Toledo, Youngstown State and Memphis," Dover noted. "My coaches have heard from some other schools about me, but those are the ones I've spoken to."

Dover is a solid student and will have his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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