Old Dominion athletics

Recruiting is the cornerstone of any good college football program. In an abbreviated recruiting season in 2019, after Ricky Rahne was named head coach, Old Dominion had what could be considered their best class in program history.

The 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, was the 94th-ranked class in the nation. That’s up from 117th in 2019 and was 10th in Conference USA. The Monarchs received a .8142 composite score and consisted of five of their highest-ranked recruits in program history, including LaMareon James, who had a .8608 score — the highest in program history.

Now it’s onto the 2021 class. While recruiting is currently at a standstill due to an NCAA-mandated dead period until April 15 in response to the COVID-19 crisis, maybe it’s a good time to look into the future.

Prospects to Watch in 2021


Pos Name School Rating Pos. Ranking Offers
RB Anthony Turner Phoebus (Hampton, VA) 3-star 95th RB  ODU, UVA, ECU, Syracuse, Kansas, Vandy, +
TE Nathan Boerboom Great Bridge (Chesapeake, VA) 3-star 44th TE  COMMITTED TO UCF
ATH Shoes Brinkley Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) 3-star 88th ATH ODU, Cincy, UMass, Marshall, + 
WR Myles Alston Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) 3-star 52nd WR  COMMITTED TO PITT
S Maurice Freeman Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) 3-star 79th S  ODU IN TOP 9
DT  Tyleik Williams Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) 4-star 15th DT  ODU NOT IN TOP 6
DE/OLB Trevion Stevenson Phoebus (Hampton, VA) 3-star 52nd DE  DECOMMITTED FROM PITT
DE James Smith Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, VA) 3-star 37th DE  ODU, Maryland, Tenn., Virginia Tech, +
DE/LB Isaiah Henderson Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) 3-star 48th DE  ODU, UVA, Virginia Tech, Pitt, ECU, +
WR Jacob Coleman Matoaca (Richmond, VA) Unranked Unranked ODU IN TOP 8
WR Michael Green Lafayette (Williamsburg, VA) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO UVA
S Malcolm Folk Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, PA) 3-star 76th S  Committed to Syracuse
S Daymon David Franklin (Reistertown, MD) Unranked Unranked ODU, Temple, Boston College, UConn, UMass, +
CB Mario Love William Amos Hough (Cornelius, NC) 3-star 64th CB  Committed to NC State
CB Jalen Cheek Winslow Twp (Atco, NJ) 3-star 33rd CB  COMMITTED TO BOSTON COLLEGE
ILB Matt Binkowski Battlefield (Haymarket, VA) 3-star Unranked Committed to JMU
DE Mike Jarvis Shawnee (Medford, NJ) 3-star 60th DE COMMITTED TO WISCONSIN
OG Jaden Lindsay East Forsyth (Kernersville, NC) 3-star 32nd OG COMMITTED TO APP STATE
TE Weston Wolff Venice (Venice, FL) 3-star Unranked Committed to Maryland
TE Terrance Ferguson Heritage (Littleton, CO) 4-star 12th TE COMMITTED TO OREGON
WR Isaiah Perkins St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, MD) 3-star 159th WR ODU, Liberty, Maryland, Rutgers, +
WR Jaylen Jones Thomas Jefferson (Richmond, VA) 3-star 133th WR Committed to Virginia Tech
WR Umari Hatcher Freedom (Woodbridge, VA) 3-star 110th WR ODU, Penn State, Maryland, UNC, Temple, +
WR Ahmari Huggins-Bruce Dillon (Dillon, SC) 3-star 73rd WR COMMITTED TO LOUISVILLE
RB Trevion Cooley Knightdale (Knightdale, NC) 3-star 64th RB COMMITTED TO LOUISVILLE
RB Malik Newton Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) 3-star 35th RB COMMITTED TO PITT
ATH Lonnie White Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA) 3-star 31st QB COMMITTED TO PENN STATE
Dual QB Trent Battle Daphne (Daphne, AL) 3-star 26th QB Committed to TCU
Dual QB Tahj Bullock St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, NJ) 3-star 17th QB COMMITTED TO VT
Pro QB Nate Hampton Davie County (Mocksville, NC) 3-star 29th QB COMMITTED TO LIBERTY
Pro QB Christian Veilleux The Bullis School (Potomac, MD) 4-star 15th QB COMMITTED TO PENN STATE
CB Tyreek Chappell Northeast (Philadelphia, PA) 3-star 70th CB Committed to Boston College
RB Xavier Coleman Lanape (Mount Laurel, NJ) 3-star 40th RB COMMITTED TO BOSTON COLLEGE
CB Robert Simmons Sandalwood (Jacksonville, FL) 3-star 69th CB ODU IN TOP 10
OL Colin Henrich St. John’s (Washington, DC) 3-star 29th CB ODU, Army, WVU, Kent State, LSU, +
QB Billy Edwards Lake Braddock (Burke, VA) 3-star 39th QB COMMITTED TO ODU
WR DJ Sims Christchurch (Church View, VA 3-star Unranked COMMITTED TO WAKE FOREST
C Thornton Gentry Chapin (Chapin, SC) 3-star 10th C COMMITTED TO NC STATE
OLB Kaci Seegars Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, NC) 3-star 68th OLB COMMITTED TO TEXAS A&M
OLB Donovan Ezeiruaku Williamstown (Williamstown, NJ) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO BOSTON COLLEGE
CB Ryan Barnes Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, MD) 3-star 44th CB COMMITTED TO NOTRE DAME
DB William Simpkins III Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, MD) 3-star 90th CB COMMITTED TO UVA
OT Harrison Hayes Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, PA) Unranked Unranked Committed to Liberty
DE Miguel Jackson Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, PA) 3-star Unranked COMMITTED TO LIBERTY
OLB Isi Etute Cox (Virginia Beach, VA) 2-star 43rd in VA COMMITTED TO VIRGINIA TECH
Pro QB Emmett Morehead Episcopal Collegiate (Alexandria, VA) 3-star 25th in VA COMMITTED TO BOSTON COLLEGE
ATH Jamareeh Jones Highland Springs (Highland Springs, VA) 3-star 24th in VA ODU, Liberty, Notre Dame, UNC, Tenn., +
DE George Wilson Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) 3-star 35th DE COMMITTED TO SOUTH CAROLINA
CB Damond Harmon Highland Springs (Highland Springs, VA) 3-star 52nd CB ODU NOT IN TOP 5
ATH Roman Hemby John Carroll School (Bel Air, MD) 3-star Unranked ODU, Charlotte, ECU, UVA, WVU
TE Curtis Nixon Maret School (Washington, DC) 3-star 70th TE ODU, Rutgers, Harvard, Buffalo, Maryland
ATH Jalen Stroman Patriot (Nokesville, VA) 3-star 57th ATH COMMITTED TO VIRGINIA TECH
OLB Jalen Riven  Central Catholic (Toldeo, OH) 3-star 38th OLB Committed to Toledo
ATH Dezmond Williams St. Mary’s Ryken (Leonardtown, MD) 2-star Unranked COMMITTED TO WAKE FOREST
CB Shawn Gates East (Akron, OH) 3-star 65th CB COMMITTED TO BOSTON COLLEGE
RB Will Towns Jackson Memorial (Jackson, NJ) 3-star 93rd RB COMMITTED TO WAKE FOREST
OLB Eric Gentry Neumann- Goretti (Philadeplhia, PA) 3-star 24th in PA ODU, Texas A&M, Oregon, Tenn, UVA
DE Shawn Williams Imhotep Charter (Philadeplhia, PA)


DB Aidan Ryan James Monroe (Fredricksburg, VA Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO UVA
OT Nigel Tate Bullis School (Potomac, MD) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO BOSTON COLLEGE
S Paul Tangelo Avalon School (Gaithersburg, MD) 2-star Unranked ODU, Rutgers, Liberty
WR Jordan Bly Myers Park (Charlotte, NC) 3-star Unranked ODU, William and Mary, Fordham, +
TE Brandon Williams Strom Thurmond (Johnson, SC) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO WAKE FOREST
DT Zeek Biggers West Rowan (Salisbury, NC 2-star 54th DT COMMITTED TO GEORGIA TECH
DT Denzel Lowry Landstown (Virginia Beach) Unranked Unranked ODU, Citadel, James Madison, Kent State, UMass
WR Dalton Stroman Jr Rockingham, NC 3-star 139th WR ODU NOT IN TOP 5
OT Jimto Obidegwu Archbishop Carroll Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO TEMPLE
DE/TE Kris Trinidad L.C. Bird (Richmond, VA) Unranked Unranked ODU, Army
DT Kenjuan Manuel St. John’s (DC) 3-star 65th DT ODU, ECU, Liberty, Purdue
QB Heinrich Haarburg Kearney Catholic (Kearney, NE) Unranked Unranked Committed to Nebraska
OT Jaleel Davis Richmond (Rockingham\m, NC) 3-star 66th OT COMMITTED TO NC STATE
OT Michael Gonzalez Sun Valley (Monroe, NC) 3-star 26th OT COMMITTED TO LOUISVILLE
QB Daylon Powell Hoxie (Hoxie, AR) Unranked Unranked ODU, Western Carolina, Austin Peay,
DT Tommy Akingbesote Flowers (Upper Marlboro, MD) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO MARYLAND
OL Stephon Dubose Indian River (Chesapeake, VA) Unranked Unranked ODU IN TOP 4. COMMITTING SEPT 21ST
ATH Tariq Sims Loudoun County Three-star Unranked COMMITTED TO ODU
OT Diego Pounds Millbrook (Raleigh, NC) 3-star 65th OT ODU NOT IN TOP 15
DT Christopher Boti St. Vincent Pilotti (Laurel, MD) 3-star 85th DT COMMITTED TO LIBERTY
C Michael Myslinski Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, FL) 3-star 15th C ODU, Iowa, Coastal Carolina, ECU, Texas
ILB Dameon Wilson King’s Mountain (King’s Mountain, NC) 3-star 10th ILB COMMITTED TO MISSOURI
S Sean Brown Hough (Charlotte, NC) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO NC STATE
WR Jahee Blake Heritage (Lynchburg) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO ODU
Dual QB Walter Simmons III Oakleaf (Orange Park, FL) 3-star 18th QB ODU, UVA, Georgia Tech, WVU
S Caden Fordham Bolles School (Jacksonville, FL) 3-star 55th S COMMITTED TO NC STATE 
OLB Jason Henderson Delaware Valley (Milford, PA) Unranked Unranked ODU IN TOP 7
ATH Jordan Poole West Stanly (Oakboro, NC) 3-star 68th ATH ODU NOT IN TOP 3
OT Caleb Bryan Wheeling Park (Wheeling, WV) Unranked Unranked ODU, Robert Morris
ATH Jeb Secrist Glenvar (Salem, VA) Unranked Unranked ODU
QB Cole Lourd Brentwood School (Los Angeles, CA) Unranked Unranked ODU, Ohio, Idaho, Louisiana, Western Kentucky
LB CJ Tillman Richmond (Rockingham, NC) Unranked Unranked ODU, Gardner-Webb, Citadel
OLB/DE Terrance Butler Jr Saint Francis (Baltimore, MD) 3-star 45th DE ODU, Liberty, Charlotte, Syracuse, Minnesota, Michigan St
CB/WR Cam’Ron Dabney Riverside Military High (Gainesville, GA) 3-star 142nd ATH ODU IN TOP 15
ATH Caleb Schmitz Warwick (Lititz, PA) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO CINCINATTI 
ATH Stephon Hall Central Valley (Monaca, PA) 3-star 102nd S COMMITTED TO PITT
OLB Balansama Kamara Central (Philadelphia, PA) Unranked Unranked ODU, Navy, Temple
DT Christopher Adams South Hagerstown (Hagerstown, MD) Unranked Unranked ODU, Kent State, Syracuse, JMU
WR Reece Jesse Hopkinsville (Hopkinsville, KY) 3-star 128th WR ODU, Charlotte, Kent State, Missouri, WVU
ATH Khian’Dre Harris Conwell-Egan Catholic

(Bristol, PA)

Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO ODU
WR/TE Will Ford St. Paul’s (St.Pauls’s, NC) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO FAU
DB Tahj El Berry

(Charlotte, NC)

Unranked Unranked ODU IN TOP 5
ATH Trace Campbell Good Counsel (Olney, MD) Unranked Unranked ODU, New Mexico, William and Mary,
QB Rishon Holmes Milford Mill Academy (Baltimore, MD) Unranked Unranked ODU, Delaware, Marshall, Howard
DB Justin Bradford Denmark

(Alpharetta, GA

ATH Jonas Sanker Covenant (Charlottesville, VA) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO BOSTON COLLEGE
WR Brock Biestek Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, NC) ODU
ATH Jake Renda IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO MICHIGAN STATE
S Chase Hattley Panther Creek (Cary, NC) 3-star 47th S ODU, NC State, Oklahoma, FSU, ECU
OG Jaelin Montgomery Prince George (Prince George, VA) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO JMU
RB Jon-Luke Peaker Northeast (Philadelphia, PA Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO ODU
K Dominik Soos Hungary ODU, Washington State
S Brian Pinkney McKinley (Canton, OH) Unranked Unranked COMMITTED TO ODU
WR Troy Lewis Matoaca (Richmond, VA) 3-star Unranked COMMITTED TO ECU
WR Kevin Hamilton Rose (Greenville, NC) Unranked Unranked ODU, NC Central, NC A&T, Western Carolina
DE Miles Capers Sumter (Sumter, SC) 3-star 82nd DE ODU IN TOP 10
DE Zyun Reeves East Forsyth (Kernersville, NC) 3-star 45th DE ODU, Kansas State, Syracuse, UVA, App State
S Jahaad Scales Glenn (Kernesville, NC) 3-star 126th S COMMITTED TO ODU
ATH Keli Lawson Sheranado (Stephens City, VA) 3-star 88th ATH COMMITTED TO VIRGINIA TECH
ILB ZaBrien Harden Swainsboro (Swainsboro, GA) 3-star 65th ILB COMMITTED TO ARKANSAS STATE
LB Jailin Walker Varina (Varina, VA) Unranked Unranked ODU, ECU, Army, JMU
TE Antoine Campbell Jr Copley (Copley, OH) 3-star Unranked ODU, Liberty, Maryland, Army, Navy, Vandy
OLB Taevion Eades Wise (Upper Marlboro, MD) 3-star 30th recruit in MD COMMITTED TO ODU
LB Wayne Matthews Flowers (Upper Marlboro, MD) 2-star 86th LB COMMITTED TO ODU