VMI Football Adds Nine on February National Signing Day

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LEXINGTON, Va. – Virginia Military Institute head coach Scott Wachenheim today announced nine signees to the 2020 recruiting class on the first day of the February signing period. The addition brings the total number of signees in the 2020 class to 20 after 11 inked with the Keydets in December.

“I am extremely pleased to add nine new signees today to our 2020 VMI Football recruiting class,” said Wachenheim. “The length and athleticism of the twenty student-athletes we signed thus far will immediately impact our ability to compete in the Southern Conference. Additionally, many of these young men come from highly successful high school programs, including two state champions, thus bringing a champion’s mentality with them to Lexington.”

The info on February signees below includes name, position, height, weight, hometown and high school in parentheses. Further capsule information on each signee follows.

2020 VMI FOOTBALL FEBRUARY SIGNEES

Stephen Castle, DE, 6-5, 235, Mechanicsville, Va. (Hanover)

Austin Doyle, OL, 6-5, 250, Lexington, Va. (Rockbridge County)

Evan Eller, DB, 6-1, 210, Roanoke, Va. (Lord Botetourt)

Jamal Jawara, LB, 6-0, 215, Leesburg, Va. (Georgetown Prep)

AJ Stevenson, LB, 6-4, 205, Lynchburg, Va. (Brookville)

Tahj Summey, DB, 5-11, 170, Herndon, Va. (Westfield)

Grant Swinehart, RB, 6-1, 190, Bridgewater, Va. (Turner Ashby)

Nick Turner, DB, 6-3, 175, Richmond, Va. (Benedictine)

Austin White, DB, 5-11, 175, Norfolk, Va. (Maury)

SIGNEE PROFILES

Stephen Castle, DE, 6-5, 235, Mechanicsville, Va. (Hanover)

2019 All-Metro at defensive line…served as captain…received team’s Iron Hawk Award…a four-year three-sport athlete and also captained the basketball team at center and competed in the disc, shot, and hurdles in track…NHS and all-academic in all three sports.

Austin Doyle, OL, 6-5, 250, Lexington, Va. (Rockbridge County)

Earned second-team all-conference and all-district honors … competed in the Virginia State Coaches Association All-Star game … also played lacrosse in high school…father is a 1984 VMI graduate.

Evan Eller, DB, 6-1, 210, Roanoke, Va. (Lord Botetourt)

The Virginia 3A State Defensive Player of the Year … a second Team All-USA VA DB/LB as a junior …compiled 80 solo tackles, 38 assists, 19 TFL, 5 sacks, and 3 interceptions in 2018…also played quarterback… was responsible for five TDs in just two and a half games on offense and 30 tackles and three INTs on defense before injury shortened his senior season…honor roll student.

Jamal Jawara, LB, 6-0, 215, Leesburg, Va. (Georgetown Prep)

First Team All-IAC … Little Hoyas were the two-time IAC Champions . … also competes in track and field.

AJ Stevenson, LB, 6-4, 205, Lynchburg, Va. (Brookville)

A three-time first-team all-region and two time second-team all-district honoree at defensive end … also earned all-state accolades.

Tahj Summey, DB, 5-11, 170, Herndon, Va. (Westfield)

A second-team All-Concorde District honoree at defensive back … also named honorable mention at  defensive back as a junior…also plays guard on the basketball team at Westfield High and named honorable mention All-District in 2018-19.

Grant Swinehart, RB, 6-1, 190, Bridgewater, Va. (Turner Ashby)

Broke the school record with 1,628 rushing yards as a senior … scored 25 touchdowns … earned first-team all-district honors at running back and was second-team as a linebacker … had 46 tackles, 16 for loss … also competes in basketball in high school and is a state champion track athlete.

Nick Turner, DB, 6-3, 175, Richmond, Va. (Benedictine)

Second-team all-state WR and honorable mention punter … also played basketball at Benedictine Prep.

Austin White, DB, 5-11, 175, Norfolk, Va. (Maury)

Part of Maury’s first state title winning team in 80 years … also played wide receiver…also played on basketball and soccer teams.

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