WISE — Virginia-Wise football coach Dewey Lusk, busy preparing for the start of spring practice on March 25 and his team’s first season in the newly formed Mountain East Conference, announced 10 more signees to the Highland Cavaliers’ Class of 2013.
The list of newcomers is comprised of five linebackers, two wide receivers, a fullback, a defensive back and a defensive tackle. The additions bring Virginia-Wise’s number of commitments to 13 for the upcoming season.
The 10 new commitments are:
• Darius Johnson, Dinwiddie High School. Johnson finished his high school career by earning first-team all-district, first-team all-region, first-team all-metro and second-team all-state honors. The 5-foot-11, 235-pound Johnson was a four-year starter at middle linebacker.
• Kheleel Boatner, Booker T. Washington. A three-sport athlete at BTW, the 5-8, 200-pound Boatner earned second-team all-district accolades during a senior season that saw him spend time at outside linebacker, fullback and defensive end.
• Michael Tarrer, J.R. Tucker. The inside linebacker was a first-team all-district and all-academic selection. The 6-2, 215-pound Tucker also earned defensive MVP honors as a senior.
• Kreshawn Atkins, Varina High School. The 5-10, 185-pound Atkins was Varina’s defensive player of the year. A two-year starter, he earned second-team all-district honors in 2012.
• Ben Funny, Woodbridge High School. The 6-foot, 230-pounder was a two-year starter at linebacker and earned second-team all-district honors as a senior.
• James and Jacob Cousins, J.R. Tucker High School. The twin brothers are both wide receivers. The 6-3 James started for two seasons, playing both wide receiver and free safety, and earned second-team all-district and second-team all-region accolades his season year. He also saw time at long snapper, kick returner and punt returner. The 6-2 Jacob started at receiver and outside linebacker where he earned second-team all-district honors. Jacob was also a member of the J.R. Tucker basketball team and the track team.
• Roosevelt Henderson, James Madison High School. The team captain finished his prep career by earning first-team all-district honors. A two-sport athlete, the 5-10, 205-pound Henderson also ran track.
• Jeff Parker, Potomac High School. A two-year starter, the 5-10, 165-pound Parker earned team defensive player of the year honors while also earning second-team all district honors.
• Brandon Robeson, Stonewall Jackson High School. Robeson was a three-year starter on the defensive line. Last season he played both ways and led his team to a 9-2 record. The 6-3, 260-pounder earned all-district honors on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He also played basketball.
The Highland Cavs kick off the 2013 season on the road at Campbell University on Sept. 7 in Buies Creek, N.C. They play their home opener on Sept. 21 against the University of Charleston.